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Straight Talk for the Recruiting Profession


John Zappe

John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Articles by John Zappe

Industry News

Tech Worker Numbers Continue to Grow; Temp Is 3rd Fastest Sector



Techserve alliance June 2014

Techserve alliance June 2014The number of IT workers grew at a pace faster than the national jobs rate, and better than many other sectors, including healthcare.

Temp, however, grew faster than all but two other sectors tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT and engineering staffing industry, reports IT employment grew 3.2% from June 2013 to June 2014, adding 144,200 workers. The Alliance says there were 4,664,800 IT jobs as of last month.

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Recruiter Survey: Candidates Are Driving the Job Market



Who's driving the market MRI 2014

Who's driving the market MRI 2014It’s a job seekers’ market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40% of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

Better than 8 in 10 of the MRINetwork recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25 point jump from the 2012 study. That means the professional, executive and managerial candidates who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices can be  more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept.

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Temp, Fulltime Hiring Outlook Strong For Rest of Year



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CB Mid-year hiring plans 2014Employers are expressing more optimism about the future and it’s showing in their hiring plans for the rest of this year.

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says more employers expect to add headcount in the next several months than said that last year. Employers told CareerBuilder they will add to the ranks of full and part-time workers, and 33% will increase their temp or contract staffing workers.

In addition, the temp staffing forecast from G. Palmer and Associates predicts a 7.6% increase in hiring in this current quarter.

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Economists Optimistic Following Strong June Jobs Report From ADP



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ADP job growth chart june 2014With a private sector jobs report from ADP estimating that employers added 281,000 jobs in June — the most in almost two years — the expectation is that tomorrow’s official government report will also be a strong one.

Labor economists were taken by surprise by the strength of the ADP report. In advance of this morning’s release , surveys by Bloomberg News, Dow Jones and others put the average guesses of various analysts between 205,000 and 213,000.

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the numbers from ADP payroll processing records, was optimistic about the direction of the economy.

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Monster Launches New Advertising, Sourcing Services



New Monster logo

New Monster logoMonster’s new approach to recruiting goes commercial today with the launch of two new services and a self-service CRM incorporating the search power of its 6 Sense technology with a messaging and advertising capability.

The various pieces have been in testing and beta use for weeks, but were first announced on May 14th when Monster unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the pay to post recruitment advertising model it pioneered two decades ago. That strategy not only includes new tools and approaches to candidate sourcing, but wholly new approach to job posting, adopting the aggregation model of Indeed and SimplyHired.

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SF Startup Takes on Recruiters By Upping Referral Ante



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20k employee referralWith a shot over the bow at recruiters, a Silicon Valley startup looking to hire software engineers — and not just any kind, but those with special experience in search, especially those coming from Google — is offering one of the richest hiring bounties in the industry.

For referring an engineer hired by ThoughtSpot, the company will pay $20,000. The deal is available to anyone working for the company, or not, including “friends of the company” and employees’ family.

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A Decade of Job Changes At A Glance



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NY Times jobs chartIf you want to see what industries and occupations are adding jobs, which are losing, and where they stand, you could you spend a few hours with the Bureau of Labor Statistics drilling into the employment numbers there.

But for a quick look at dozens and dozens of job types, take a look at the amazing — and addictive — interactive charts The New York Times assembled from the BLS data.

The three charts here showing temp, search and PEO jobs, are just a sample of the 255 charts. At a glance, you can see how so many industry types and occupations have fared over the last 10 years

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Economy Shows Strength Adding 217K New Jobs In May



Econ index May 2014

Econ index May 2014For the fourth consecutive month, the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 jobs in May. The Labor Department reported this morning that 217,000 new jobs were added during the month. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.3%.

Analysts were predicting a gain of about 215,000 new jobs. Most sectors showed gain. Government was one of the weakest, adding 1,000 new jobs all at the local level. State and federal government cut jobs.

Temp employment rose a modest 14,300, the smallest gain since January’s weather-depressed increase of 7,600. Since the beginning of the year, temp job growth has averaged 17,100 monthly. In 2013, the average monthly increase was 19,000. Comparing Jan-May, 2013 averaged 17,800.

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Temp Hiring Slowdown Depresses May Job Growth



ADP adds chart May 2014

ADP adds chart May 2014Slower hiring by staffing firms and others in the Professional/Business Services sector, and job losses at some mid-size companies, depressed  private sector growth to 179,000 jobs in May, far below the 215,000 estimate of economists.

This morning’s National Employment Report, issued by HR service firm and payroll processor ADP, also reduced April’s growth estimate from 220,000 to 215,000.

“After a strong post-winter rebound in April, job growth in May slowed somewhat,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. However, he noted, “The 179,000 jobs added figure is higher than May of last year and in line with the average over the past twelve months.”

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Minimum Wage Rates Are Rising State by State



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Money in handWhile efforts to raise the federal minimum wage are languishing, 34 states are considering or have taken action to raise their state’s minimum.

Congressional Democrats have been stymied in their effort to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over the next 30 months. With 13 states pegging their own minimum wage to the federal government’s, an increase in that rate would also increase the in-state rates.