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Here's What's Trending in Recruiting

Here's What's Trending in Recruiting | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Recruiting’s future vendor scene won’t be driven by job postings, and there’s three macro-trends that are vying for your budgeted recruiting dollars.
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I agree with the points Kris makes here. And of course job seekers using mobile devices affects all of it. 

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3 nasty surprises you’ll see when recruiting this fall (Guest Blog) - The Business Journals

3 nasty surprises you’ll see when recruiting this fall (Guest Blog) - The Business Journals | Recruiting | Scoop.it
In Washington, Labor Day traditionally kicks off the busiest recruiting season of the year. Unfortunately, this year the job market has a few nasty surprises in store for you.
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Some insight into what's potentially coming from a recruiter or hiring manager perspective...

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40% of Mobile Candidates Abandon Non-Mobile Applications | The Hiring Site

"Nearly one-third of CareerBuilder.com’s traffic each month comes from mobile devices; however, CareerBuilder tracking shows that as much as 40 percent of mobile candidates abandon the application process when they are notified they are about to encounter a non-mobile friendly apply process.


Companies who are mobile-optimized have a distinct advantage. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that, of the 20 percent of companies who have mobile-optimized career sites, one in five applications come through mobile devices"

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Mobile Recruiting Done Right: Google, Inc.

Mobile Recruiting Done Right: Google, Inc. | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Google owns Android, the most popular mobile operating system on earth. That’s probably not news to you. What may be news, however, is realizing Google has a window into mobile usage that few could...
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Myth of the Passive Job Seeker | 2012 Candidate Behavior Study

Myth of the Passive Job Seeker | 2012 Candidate Behavior Study | Recruiting | Scoop.it

Chock full of findings:

Job candidates consult nearly 15 resources per job search – including company career sites, Facebook, online job boards, employer review sites (such as Glassdoor.com), professional and personal networks and staffing and recruiting firms – before they even decide to apply to a job.


According the survey, the average job candidate started his or her search 38 weeks ago, and 66 percent of respondents said they thought about looking for a new job within six months before actively searching.


Social, Mobile and Ready for a Challenge

Millennials are a very social group, the survey reveals. They are also very vocal about their job search experiences, as 92 percent say they discuss their job search experience with others, both in-person and through social media.

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Well worth a read. Lots of interesting findings here. 

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2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus

2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus | Recruiting | Scoop.it

“The desktop-based U.S. core search market saw its first ever signs of flattening as an increasing number of searches shift to vertical-specific searches and mobile platforms.”


"Nearly 1 in every 3 digital media minutes are now spent on smartphones and tablets as we embark on the post- PC paradigm of this Brave New Digital World. With the majority of mobile content access occurring via apps rather than the mobile web, a new dynamic has emerged among media companies and retailers in their competition for eyeballs and wallets."


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Page 13 shows the time spent on social networking sites, with Facebook accounting for 5 of every 6 minutes. Page 14 covers the “Rise of the visual web.” 


Other notable facts: Google accounts for 2 of every 3 searches.


"Currently, more than a quarter (28 percent) of smartphone owners also reported owning a tablet, highlighting the continued rise of the ‘digital omnivore,’ as more consumers access the Internet through multiple platforms throughout the course of a day. Nearly 4 out of 10 smartphone owners have a secondary digital device, whether it’s a tablet, e-reader or other handheld device."


Page 36 “Share of digital media time spent: Desktop vs Mobile (smartphone/tablet) 63% desktop 37% mobile) “more than one out of every three minutes (37 percent) is now spent beyond the PC”

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Where do Job Seekers Look? - DirectEmployers Association

Where do Job Seekers Look? - DirectEmployers Association | Recruiting | Scoop.it
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This slide from the Direct Employers Association outlines how why Indeed's strategy of dominating Google search results has allowed it to leapfrog the job boards. 

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Four CIA Secrets That Can Boost Your Career

Four CIA Secrets That Can Boost Your Career | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Four lessons from the CIA that can be applied in any workplace.
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Fascinating article, especially the power of offensive recruiting "...being the employer of choice in your industry means denying your competition critical skill sets and leaders. Effective recruitment and retention policies are all too often considered fuzzy concepts in the business world, but especially in the most competitive industries, the player most capable of attracting and keeping key individuals has a very real advantage."

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Six Ways Your Recruiting Process Conspires Against You

Six Ways Your Recruiting Process Conspires Against You | Recruiting | Scoop.it
You’d think employers hungry for talent would make recruiting easier and more human. But today's job candidates face a pointless obstacle course
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Loved this quote, "The worst part about ... corporate recruiting is the notion that the best-qualified candidate for a job is the one willing to climb over the most piles of broken glass to get the job."

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When is the Best Time to Recruit?

When is the Best Time to Recruit? | Recruiting | Scoop.it
When is the best time to recruit?  Ideally you want to be recruiting when lots of good candidates are available, paying attention and willing to talk to you.  You also want to be recruiting when yo...
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The ”golden recruiting window” is the first three weeks of January. 

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Getting the Recruiting Pitch Perfect

Getting the Recruiting Pitch Perfect | Recruiting | Scoop.it

One of the hardest parts of any executive search is crafting “the pitch.”  The pitch is the least understood part of the search process. It is certainly the most poorly executed. 

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Meeting Candidates Wherever They Are | HR Examiner with John Sumser

Meeting Candidates Wherever They Are | HR Examiner with John Sumser | Recruiting | Scoop.it

Have you been following the continuing foolishness about whether Facebook or LinkedIn are the ‘best’ place for recruiting? It’s as if those pundits have not begun to grasp social media. Candidates don’t congregate where you want them to; they are in the places that are comfortable to them

 

The days of recruiting by shooting fish in a barrel have been gone for a while now. Recruiting is a mostly local sport that is won in the trenches on a case by case basis. The technology and the demographics have changed the game.

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What Are You Trying to Hide? | HR Examiner with John Sumser

What Are You Trying to Hide? | HR Examiner with John Sumser | Recruiting | Scoop.it

According to Glassdoor, “67% of employees say that they found their new job different than the expectations set in the interview.” This suggests that recruiters and their companies are not particularly trustworthy. If you haven’t noticed, the vast majority of employers don’t even bother to try to be the Best Place to Work. (And, you often have to squint and look in just the right way to believe that the “Best Places to Work” actually are.) Many employers have workforce problems that can’t stand the light of day. Social media will make life hard for them by introducing transparency into places that used to be very well hidden.

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How Companies Can Attract the Best College Talent

How Companies Can Attract the Best College Talent | Recruiting | Scoop.it
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If you are recruiting recent grads, you may find this research surprisingly helpful. How do recent grads hear about jobs and what do they look for in employers? It may not be what you think...

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Companies Open Up to Outsiders

Companies Open Up to Outsiders | Recruiting | Scoop.it
A survey of large companies show that firms plan to increase hiring this year. Though they're starting to look outside for talent, hiring managers say it still helps to know someone on the inside.


"When asked about their hiring plans for the coming year, respondents said they plan to increase hiring in the U.S. by 17.5%, compared with 2012. In 2012, they said, they hired 8.6% fewer employees than in 2011. “This is the biggest upswing I’ve seen in ten years,” study author Gerry Crispin said"

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comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for January 2013

February 28, 2013 RESTON, VA– comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly analysis of U.S. web activity at the top online properties for January 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service.


All three Career Services subcategories ranked among the fastest growing in January, with Job Search sites witnessing the largest increase (24 percent) with 28 million visitors. Indeed.com Job Search ranked #1 in the category with 17.3 million visitors (up 29 percent), followed by CareerBuilder.com Job Search with 9.6 million (up 20 percent), Monster.com Job Search with 9.1 million (up 32 percent) and SimplyHired.com Job Search with 4.7 million (up 40 percent).

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The Surprising Reason Candidates Aren't Applying | The Hiring Site

The Surprising Reason Candidates Aren't Applying | The Hiring Site | Recruiting | Scoop.it

Not getting the qualified candidates you need? Your application process may be to blame. Learn what you can do to stop applicant drop off before it happens.


The truth is, while you might be doing everything right to attract the right job candidates and compel them to apply to your job opportunities, it might just be what happens after they hit “apply now” that’s the source of your troubles. 


Research shows that 34 percent of candidates who try to apply for jobs don’t complete the application process – simply because the application process is too much of a hassle".

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Key Findings | Employer Branding and Online Recruiting

Key Findings | Employer Branding and Online Recruiting | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Results Releases from Potentialpark's annual research within online recruiting and employer branding.
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2012 survey's notable findings: 96% of global students use the internet to look for employers and careers, 77% go to company career sites. 58% of students expect employers to be on Facebook, 52% expect a company LinkedIn page, 36% expect employers to be on Twitter. 69% of candidates like to apply using email, vs 62% who like to apply online.

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Three Independent Studies Report: Indeed #1 external source of hire

Three Independent Studies Report: Indeed #1 external source of hire | Recruiting | Scoop.it
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Three studies of the data collected by three different Applicant Tracking System (ATS) providers all came to the same conclusion. Indeed is the top source of external candidates for companies with ATS systems that can integrate seamlessly with Indeed. Although not as relevant for companies without an ATS, this is a significant leap ahead of the job boards for Indeed. 

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Your Job Ads Are Driving Away Talent

Your Job Ads Are Driving Away Talent | Recruiting | Scoop.it
The recruiting process is broken, and if we need evidence we only have to look at any job listing.
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Love it. "Here's how a typical recruiting ad begins: "Acme Explosives has an immediate need for..." Really — Acme has a need? My husband, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, loves to say, "People in Hell need ice water." The company has a need. So what? Is that supposed to make a top-drawer hard-charging job-seeker's heart beat faster?"

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Infographic Job Descriptions

Infographic Job Descriptions | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Job Descriptions so easy, even a baby can read them
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Could this be the future of job descriptions? There is a lot to love here. The clarity of thinking it requires to build one, how a candidate can get the gist of the job in 5 seconds. The absence of soul-deadening language found in most job descriptions ... fascinating. 

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Finding The Right Talent: 7 Ways To A Better Job Ad | Glassdoor Blog

Finding The Right Talent: 7 Ways To A Better Job Ad | Glassdoor Blog | Recruiting | Scoop.it
Not sure how to stand out when writing a job ad? Want top talent but not sure how to get their attention? Read on for seven ways to write a better job description.
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Why don't good people answer job ads? It's usually because of the ad itself. Posting a bad job ad costs just as much as posting a good one. But you'll get much better candidates with a good one. John's advice is spot on.  

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The Amazonification of Recruiting

The Amazonification of Recruiting | Recruiting | Scoop.it

When candidates rate their experience with your recruiting process, are you going to earn one star, or five? It's already happening to staffing firms on Yelp. And it will tip the economics decisively in favor of recruiting teams that invest in great service. 

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It's a User's World - Does Your Recruiting Team Know That?

It's a User's World - Does Your Recruiting Team Know That? | Recruiting | Scoop.it

It’s a user’s world. Forget them, or their desire to have a positive experience, and your business will die. No ads will overcome the wrath of the disspointed user. For the last decade, innovators have improved the user’s publishing tools to give them a voice.

A Harvard research paper suggested that a single one star review on Yelp, shared, can reduce your revenue by 5-9%. Try to get that back with a full page ad. The Social Realm (FB, Twitter, FourSqaure, LI, etc.) is by and for the users. Period. They can kick out, bury or flame any unwelcome voice. The users only like to talk to people. 

 

This post does not mention recruiting, but any recruiter reading it will understand, the vast majority of recruiting practices ignore the user's perspective ... at their peril.

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What’s Wrong With Using Resumes For Hiring? Pretty Much Everything - ERE.net

What’s Wrong With Using Resumes For Hiring? Pretty Much Everything - ERE.net | Recruiting | Scoop.it

If you’re getting low quality hires, it’s time to realize that the blind and uneducated use of resumes may be a main contributing factor.

 

Resumes are the currency of recruiting. Job sites, recruiters, and hiring managers all require them and use them to screen both prospects and candidates in or out. But if you are going to continue to rely so heavily on resumes, everyone involved needs to be aware of the many weaknesses and problems associated with using them.

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