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Diggings Job search autopilot: How your lazy job search is hurting you
You think you’re doing everything right. You’ve spruced up your resume, you’ve set job alerts and you’ve applied online to as many applicable positions as you can. So why does it seem like it’s taking forever to see any interest? If your job prospects seem depressingly low despite your frequent activity, it can be easy to blame a recovering economy, fierce competition or simply poor timing. But it might not be that simple. The problem could actually be you! So many...
 Diggings - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 04:49
Diggings Purple squirrel hunting: tips for finding the perfect candidate
A purple squirrel is an elusive job candidate with the exact skills, experience, education and training required for your toughest to fill position. Some would argue they also ride unicorns, save babies from burning buildings and can double your revenue with a single click. Ok, not really, but it is a common recruiting industry term used to refer to the perfect candidate. The existence of the purple squirrel is often argued, and perfect is a strong word, but I am certain those candidates who offer...
 Diggings - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 06:00
Diggings Can the evergreen jobs concept win the battle for top talent?
The economy may be improving, but the battle for top talent wages on. Recruiters are all too familiar with the situation, as they are always fighting to fill those critical positions that always seem to be in demand. There just doesn’t seem to be enough adequate candidates to fill all the necessary roles, and this makes competition fierce. A unique approach to hiring strives to change this problem, and it involves creating evergreen jobs programs. If you don’t know what an evergreen...
 Diggings - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 06:35
Indeed Two Opportunities for Job Seekers & Employers This Holiday Season
Whether ramping up for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, retailers of all kinds are anticipating good tidings from holiday shoppers this season. The National Retail Federation predicts retail sales in November and December to increase 4.1% from last year, a total of $616.9 billion — the first year-over-year gain greater than 4% since 2011. In response, businesses are planning to hire between 725,000 and 825,000 seasonal retail employees for the holidays. This is consistent...
 Indeed - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:19
Indeed How People Get Hired
Over the next ten years, more than 50 million jobs will be created. The key challenge for you will be finding the right talent for those jobs. The infographic below combines data from SilkRoad and Indeed to illustrate how the best candidates search for jobs and how they get hired. Learn more about how Indeed can help you hire:
 Indeed - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:33
Indeed Unfilled Jobs Cost Employers $160 Billion Annually
In the US, 33% of job vacancies remain open for three months or more. The cost of these unfilled jobs reaches $160 billion each year, a significant cost to the nation as a whole, businesses and individuals. These findings come from a study conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) on behalf of Indeed. The study explores labor market conditions in the US and focuses on the productive potential represented by unfilled jobs. It illustrates the cost to the economy when businesses...
 Indeed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:37
Diggings The bad, the ugly and the bizarre things people do in interviews
There’s never a dull moment in the talent-acquisition field, especially when candidates keep interviewers on their toes with the most bizarre comments and questionable behaviors. This goes beyond the person who wore too much cologne or showed up two hours early to an interview – some of the worst experiences hiring managers have had will leave you laughing out loud: 1. Will the pot I smoked show up on a drug test? A drug test is part of the hiring process at many companies. It’s...
 Diggings - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:32
Diggings New client service model sets LinkUp apart
Whether it’s ordering your morning cappuccino or closing a deal with a major new business partner, customer service reigns king. The numbers don’t lie: 70 percent of buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated, according to McKinsey. If that experience turns sour after receiving poor customer service, 89 percent of people stop doing business with a company, states a RightNow Customer Experience Impact Report. In our industry, we know some of our competitors...
 Diggings - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:30
Indeed Veterans Bring Unique Skills to the Labor Market
Across the country, hiring former members of the armed forces has become a key focus for employers of all kinds. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hire Our Heroes” program aims to have half a million companies commit to hiring veterans by the end of this year. To date, more than 2,000 employers in a variety industries have signed onto this commitment: Amazon, Starbucks and Uber among them. Transitioning the skills and experience gained in military service to corporate life is an...
 Indeed - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:01
EmploymentMetrix Top 10 Best Places to Hire Candidates
Sure it's easy to say that the best places to hire candidates are in large metropolitan areas, but that's not actually the case. You can to go where the candidates are eager and are ready to for their next opportunity. So without further ado here are the easiest places to make a hire.
 EmploymentMetrix - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:28
Diggings Tomorrow’s Jobs Number Could Be Big (Maybe even Huge)
I’m not one to often hedge my bets, but there are a few compelling data points worth highlighting that point to the possibility that tomorrow’s jobs numbers for October could be even bigger than our ‘official’ forecast of 293,000 jobs. Our official forecast, already well above the Bloomberg consensus estimate of 235,000, is based on approximately a 4% increase in new and total job openings in August which we expect will correlate to solid job gains in October. But...
 Diggings - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:23
Diggings The big O: How to overcome the overqualified label
The more experience the better, right? If your employment history and education go above and beyond what is required in a job description, you might think you are a shoo-in for at least an interview. But don’t be surprised if you aren’t getting the quick responses you expected – or any responses at all. You are likely labeled as overqualified, which can mean your resume goes right in the trash. In last week’s blog we addressed the positives and negatives of hiring overqualified...
 Diggings - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 06:23
Diggings No ‘New Mediocre’ Here In The U.S. Labor Market; LinkUp Forecasting Job Gains of 293,000 In October; Q4 Looks Pretty Good, too
Despite serious and legitimate concerns about the emerging threat of the global economy entering an era of the ‘New Mediocre’ (Christine Lagarde), things in the U.S. look pretty decent these days, at least as far as steady job gains and declining unemployment go. Leaving aside for now the also serious and legitimate concerns about stagnant wages over the past 30 years, the ‘hollowing out’ of the middle class (David Brooks), and the fact that too many of the jobs added...
 Diggings - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:04
EmploymentMetrix Hire That Mustache!
Go ahead, hire the guy with the crazy mustache. After all, he's demonstrated some valuable things by participating in Movember.
 EmploymentMetrix - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:02
Diggings Hiring overqualified candidates: Big win or big risk?
A Ph.D. vying for a job that only requires a B.A. A candidate with more than three times the years of working experience recommended in the job listing. An experienced executive applying for a middle-management position. Despite a recovering economy, recruiters and hiring managers still see many overqualified candidates applying for lower-level jobs, particularly in competitive markets where unemployment is higher and quality jobs are rarer. The big question is: Should you consider hiring overqualified...
 Diggings - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:36
Diggings Ninja, warrior, guru: Why job titles shouldn’t be cute or clever
A job title is a few words that describes what you do for work. Most of the time, these words are pretty straight forward, however there is a fine line between being too generic to know what a job entails and too cute to be taken seriously. Most recently we have seen an upswing in creative-sounding job titles. Listings for ninjas, gurus and wizards have started to appear on job search sites like LinkUp. They may seem fun and lighthearted, but something too cute or too clever can backfire...
 Diggings - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 05:45
Diggings LinkedIn endorsements: worthwhile or worthless?
LinkedIn endorsements have been around for about 2 years now, and in that time they have had extremely mixed reviews. Some people view endorsements as a key way to build your personal brand and improve professional networking. Others think of them as meaningless – a skills popularity contest with no real connection to actual experience. What are LinkedIn endorsements? It’s when a first-degree connection rates you for having a particular skill. Those who dislike endorsements argue that...
 Diggings - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:46
EmploymentMetrix Recruitment Marketing: We're the Cool Kids Now.
The Recruitment technology ecosystem is changing, and it was more than evident based on the 286 interesting companies who displayed their wares at the recent HRTech event in Las Vegas earlier this month. Retargeting, Cost-Per-Applicant models, HR analytics...HR is catching...
 EmploymentMetrix - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:43
Indeed Top 10 Tech Skills Employers Are Looking For
The tech industry is one of the verticals hiring the most on Indeed today, and STEM jobs (those positions that require skills related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) make up 10% of jobs in the US. Despite national demand for these jobs, the median duration of a STEM vacancy is more that twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy — and employers have the most difficulty hiring for jobs that require sophisticated computer skills. What are the technical skills employers are most...
 Indeed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:30
Diggings 10 tips for keeping your office healthy this flu season
Cold and flu season is officially here, and as concerns rise about the potential spread of Ebola, Enterovirus 68 and other illnesses, keeping the workplace healthy is a top priority. “According to the CDC, nearly 111 million workdays are lost because of seasonal influenza, costing employers approximately $7 billion annually in sick days and lost productivity,” says Alan Kohll, CEO of TotalWellness, a corporate health and wellness solutions provider. It’s inevitable that employees...
 Diggings - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:34

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