Recruitment News - April 2011

April 20

Should You Hire An Overqualified Candidate?

As politicians and economists puzzle over America's jobless recovery, managers who have started to hire again face another problem: how to handle all the overqualified candidates coming through their doors. The prevailing wisdom is to avoid such applicants. But the unprecedented availability of top talent created by this recession and new research on the success of these candidates may be changing that. Click here to read more

Survey: 74 Percent Of Workers Are Passive Job Seekers Ready To Consider A Move

If there is one thing that is pretty obvious as we slowly crawl out of the recession, it's this: quite a few workers are ready to bolt for a new job if the right opportunity presents itself. Click here to read more

Are You Ready For War For Talent 2.0?

Get ready for the "New War for Talent." Call it something else if you like - maybe the War for Talent 2.0 - but as Lou Adler and others have been warning of and writing about over at ERE, the post-recession "War for Talent" may finally be here. According to a new study by Bersin & Associates, talent shortages are cited as a key business challenge by more than 50 percent of business leaders surveyed for the first time in almost three years - since the beginning of the Great Recession - as attention shifts from cost cutting to things like innovation, skills development and rebuilding business growth as the economy slowly improves. Click here to read more

Many Teenagers Are Clueless About QR Codes. Can They Ever Really Take Off?

A survey of 1,000 British teenagers has found that 72% of 11-18 year olds don't have the software to read QR codes or aren't aware their phone can read them. Additionally, only 43% believed QR codes could be read by a phone, 8% of girls thought they were a magic-eye picture(!) and only 33% knew what they were called. Click here to read more

Five Ways To Benefit From Realtime Data

Today's reliance on the web and social media requires real-time tracking and analytics that are delivered in real time. This isn't just a way to feed the obsession over traffic and other sometimes meaningless stats, this is a valuable way to view and react to business opportunities as swiftly as they arise. Click here to read more

Geny's Digital Id: What The New Generation Thinks Of Social Media

A generation born into a well established 8bit world, GenY, has a very different prospective on the digital reality than older generations like Gen X and the Baby Boomers. The Gen Y motto could be: "always connected" with Internet user penetration reaching 93% for 12-17 year-olds and 90% for 18-29 year-olds. It is estimated that by the end of this year, 96% of US teens, ages 12 to 17 will use the Internet at least monthly, a much higher percentage than the 74% penetration for the total US population. Click here to read more

The Power Of An Alumni Network, And 3 Reasons You Need To Consider One

According to a study conducted by Manpower, 84 percent of people will be looking for a new job in 2011. Best practice organizations are beginning to recognize that an alumni program will not only improve employer branding but can also serve as a powerful recruiting tool. Click here to read more

Working From Home: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Working from home is becoming more popular according to a report from Skype. With the proliferation of working from home entering the corporate conscience, it pays to really think about it from all angles before jumping in with both feet. Click here to read more

Mcdonald's Faces Tall Order In Trying To Sell Mcjobs

In today's tough employment market, one company has become the go-to option for the frustrated job seeker: Starbucks. That's a problem for McDonald's as it seeks to beef up its workforce for what's expected to be another year of sales growth. To nab the attention of top-flight candidates, the Oak Brook-based burger giant is tackling the image of a "McJob." That means a weeks-long advertising and public-relations campaign leading up to April 19, when McDonald's Corp. plans to hire 50,000 store-level employees. Click here to read more

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