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CareerBoard has expanded its network of job boards to include Pittsburgh and Dallas, marking the first time CareerBoard has branched out of the Midwest. Dallas is one of the five largest markets for job growth and is also the headquarters of CareerBoard's parent company, HRsmart.

Lee Enterprises  (LEE) reported  that same property advertising revenue in September increased 3.2 percent over a year ago. Retail advertising revenue increased 2.6 percent. Classified advertising revenue increased 2.6 percent, with employment up 13.7 percent, automotive down 11.7 percent, real estate up 12.1 percent, other newspaper classified categories down 10.8 percent, and classified in non-daily publications up 6.5 percent. National advertising revenue increased 8.2 percent. Niche publication revenue decreased 6.1 percent, and online advertising revenue increased 32.5 percent. Circulation revenue decreased 3.1 percent. (Lee Enterprises is a premier publisher of newspapers in midsize markets, with 52 dailies and a joint interest in six others, a rapidly growing online business and more than 300 weekly newspapers and specialty publications in 23 states.)

Dice  and Targeted Job Fairs will host a technology, engineering and security clearance job fair on November 17, 2005 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellingham, WA.

Jobpartners, a  European provider of software solutions dedicated to the PRM (People Relationship Management) market,  launches  the new version of its e-recruitment solution, ActiveRecruiter V5.5. ActiveRecruiter has been created to help large organisations increase the speed and efficiency of the recruitment cycle, while reducing costs.

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ReefPoint Associates announced that Maureen F. Quinn has been named a Senior Partner in the firm. She will focus on expanding the market for interim executive solutions in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Quinn comes to ReefPoint after more than 20 years at Manpower Inc....



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Canada:

  • Volpe wants out-of-country Cdns to come home  The federal government is about to fight back against countries trying to poach highly skilled expatriate workers from Canada and mount a campaign to persuade Canadians who have left to return home Those moves are among proposals Immigration Minister Joe Volpe will soon take to cabinet to deal with burgeoning labour shortages. (Canoe)
     
  • The Trouble With Immigration  Foreigners can bring more than just their luggage.  Over 1.2 million legal and illegal immigrants settle on American soil each year. Since 1990, the number of aliens living in the United States has mushroomed 43 percent; the Latino population alone doubled between 1980 and 2000, constituting 40 percent of all U.S. growth. Today, 1 in 10 people in America is a foreigner.  The immigration explosion is not exclusive to the U.S. Fully 40 percent of today's Canadians were either born abroad or are the children of Canadians born elsewhere. By 2011, immigrants are projected to account for all net population growth in Canada.  Over the next 25 years, 84 percent of the United Kingdom's population growth is expected to come from immigration. (The Trumpet)


China:
  • Foreign companies upset by serious brain drain  Foreign companies in China are suffering from heavy brain drain with an average dropout rate of 16.7 percent this year, according to a survey by the Shanghai Association of Foreign-Invested Companies. (ChinaView)
     
  • China sets urban unemployment target of 4.6 pct for 2006 China's Ministry of Labour and Social Security has set an urban unemployment target of 4.6 pct in 2006, the China Business News reported.  The newspaper said that the level is unchanged from the 2005 target of 4.6 pct. (Forbes)

     


France:
  • It's All About Demographics in France  Most American news stories about and commentators on the recent riots in France have blamed a combination of high unemployment (economics) and discrimination (race) for the riots. They have suggested that more jobs, quotas, and government spending wouldsolve France's problem with her young Muslim rebels. Unfortunately, another aspect (demographics) tells us that there is no practical solution to France's problem, and the radical Muslims are likely to win. (HumanEvents)




Global:
  • Young Britons flock east to answer India's call-centre crisis  In a remarkable reversal, the subcontinent's telesales firms are eagerly recruiting British labour to fill a skills shortage  An army of British workers is being recruited to staff India's vast network of call centres because of a shortage of suitable candidates on the subcontinent.  In a remarkable reversal of the outsourcing that has seen thousands of jobs lost in the UK, telesales operations are looking to fill a skills gap in the east with young Britons willing to work on Indian wages. (Independent Online)
     
  • google base is live! hooray for free job listings!...The long-awaited Google classifieds offering is now live at base.google.com.  Yes, it includes free job listings. So post 'em today before your competition does. ...A quick glance reveals that CareerBuilder content is part of the jobs content, with Monster and HotJobs absent. (Cheesman)
     
  • Monster Worldwide "outperform," target price raised  Analysts at Robert W Baird maintain their "outperform" rating on Monster Worldwide Inc (MNST). The target price has been raised from $35 to $38. (newratings)
     
  • Computer Counsel: Six Issues Facing Outsourcing Service Providers It's important to maintain the flexibility to grow your outsourcing business  As an outsourcing service provider, you know the importance of the next deal over the horizon. Ensuring that your company will thrive sufficiently for the next deal requires that you manage your business with an eye toward the future. (ComputerWorld)
     
  • Online Recruitment Partners Sought for EU Project under eContentplus Atlantis Consulting S.A. is looking for job-boards that would be interested to join an eContentplus Project. eContentplus is a programme funded by the EU aiming to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. Atlantis Consulting S.A. intends to put forward a proposal suggesting the development and testing of a system that will analyse the labour market.  (OnRec)
     


India:
  • Centre initiates steel R&D mission to attract talent  Export of ores and minerals even now under discussion, says Steel Secretary  The Union government will start a steel R and D mission aimed at "attracting the best minds in India and abroad" for networking to promote research in the sector, according the Union Steel Secretary, Mano Ranjan. (The Hindu)






New Zealand:
  • Study shows extent of brain drain  New Zealand's "knowledge economy" is in crisis, a Waikato University professor says.  Associate marketing Professor Scott Koslow has produced the first New Zealand study to show the extent of the brain drain among science graduates.  His research, prepared for the New Zealand Universities Science Council, showed 20 per cent of science graduates left the country. That was expected to rise to 40 per cent in the next few years and threaten the country's economic future. (Stuff)

     


Phillipines:
  • Job fairs to continue as Bohol moves up THERE'S got to be no stopping and the momentum should be sustained while Bohol scales a ladder upwards from the poverty bottom rung, labor officials have said recently.  Keeping upbeat in its recent achievements in getting off the list of the notorious league of twenty poorest provinces, Bohol continues to be open to job fairs and agency recruitment to supplement domestic employment and raise Bohol a step higher from the poverty threshold.  While Bohol Employment and Placement Office (BEPO) continues to equip local workers to match with the requirements abroad, outsourcing companies tie up with local academes to patch in fresh information technology graduates for call center positions, shares Romy Tagaan in one of the interviews aired over local stations. (PIA)


UK:
  • Deloitte offers free training for directors and top execs Professional services firm Deloitte has launched a 10m training academy that will offer free advice to HR directors. (PersonnelToday)
     
  • Fresh talent signs up for Scotland Almost 600 overseas students have successfully applied for a two-year visa extension since the Fresh Talent: Working In Scotland Scheme was launched in June.  This means that over 10 per cent of those overseas students who are eligible to stay and work in Scotland under the scheme have done so.(PressZoom)



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US:
  • Newspaper Ad Revenue for Gannett inches up in Oct.  Gannet reported today that newspaper advertising revenue for October grew 0.6% compared to the same period last year.  Local and classified advertising revenue was flat on a 3.5% and 4.0% decline on ROP volume respectively. For the local category, the company's small and medium-sized advertisers in its domestic newspapers outpaced the revenue performance of its largest advertisers. In the U.S., local ad revenue gains were achieved in entertainment, health, financial, and home improvement categories. The department stores, furniture, grocery, and telecommunications categories lagged. (Editor and Publisher)
     
  • Lineage at 'WSJ' Up 1.1%  Advertising lineage at The Wall Street Journal including the newly launched Weekend Edition increased 1.1% in October compared with the same period last year. The paper benefited from growth in classified and technology advertising, partially offset by decreases in financial and general advertising. (Editor and Publisher)
     
  • Pipeline Combats Brain Drain  They're known as Generation X, the age group that lacks definition. Now, a new organization is hailing them, and the older members of Gen Y, as the creative class and the foundation for a prosperous future in the twin tiers.  "The people who are more likely to start their own business and help industries grow are from this sector, the creative class and it's the 40 below demographic," said Mike Fuller, Chairman of "Pipeline 4 Progress".  Pipeline 4 Progress hopes to attract enough bright, young people to a summit in January; one modeled after a similar event in Syracuse in 2004.  "We expect to get thousands of ideas that we're gonna take and develop a steering committee who looks at those and puts together an action plan," Fuller said.  The theory behind Pipeline is to take the traditional means of economic development and turn it upside down, building the workforce first and letting that attract new employers. (36News)
     
  • Oregon Unemployment Falls To Lowest Rate In Four Years Unemployment fell to its lowest level in more than four years in October -- marking the first time since 2001 the statewide jobless rate has been at six percent or lower.  The Oregon seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of six percent is only a slight decline from September. But it was enough to push the rate down to a pre-recession level. (KBCI)
     
  • Oakland Enters Police Recruiting Wars: A Job Hunter's Market Oakland is jumping headfirst into the police recruiting wars. The city's crime rate, and the need to protect against terrorism, is forcing officials to spend big bucks and travel the country looking for new personnel.  It's a job hunter's market: applicants are in high demand, especially in Oakland. The Oakland police department needs to hire 62 officers. (abc7news)
     
  • Hiring true believers: Stores turn to good customers for holiday help A frequent shopper at Evangeline's in Old Sacramento, Mary Washington often enjoyed browsing for costumes, stickers and other offbeat gifts. So when she saw signs plastered throughout the store encouraging shoppers to apply for seasonal jobs, she did just that. Days later, she was hired as a holiday worker. (SacramentoBee)
     
  • Vet's Unemployment Rate Skyrockets The return to civilian life for U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is full of pitfalls, with an unemployment rate three times the national average.  'The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that for the first three quarters of 2005, nearly 15 percent of veterans aged 20-24 are jobless -- three times the national average.  'According to the website VeteransToday, published by veterans for veterans, the high unemployment rate is "partly because most service members seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the early stages of their military careers and possess limited transferable job skills or very little civilian work experience". (disinfo)



     




Survey Sez:
Nearly Half of U.S. Employers Fail to Implement Formal Diversity Recruitment Programs, and Diverse Job Seekers Are Taking Notice

Monster and Diversity Best Practices Unveil Diversity Recruiting Survey Revealing Prevalent Employer Practices and Job Seeker Attitudes

Monster (MNST), and Diversity Best Practices today announced the availability of a new research study: "Bridging the Gap: Diverse Job Seekers, Employers and the Internet." The report reveals that 82 percent of ethnically diverse online job seekers believe that the resources a company dedicates to diversity recruiting reflects the company's overall commitment to creating a diverse workforce. Yet, only 54 percent of U.S. employers implement such recruitment programs.

Drawing on surveys conducted with more than 200 HR professionals at U.S. employers with 500 or more employees, and nearly 500 online, ethnically diverse job seekers, the report provides new insight into corporate diversity recruiting practices, attitudes held by African-American, Hispanic and Asian job seekers about diversity issues in the recruitment process, and the connection points and gaps between employers and these seekers.

Key findings regarding ethnically diverse online job seekers in the U.S. include:
  • 86% agree that "it is important that the organization I work for actively tries to recruit and retain a diverse workforce"
  • 82% believe that you can tell how much effort and resources companies put into diversity recruiting whether they are truly committed to creating a diverse workforce; and
  • Nearly 60% look for information on organizations' diversity policies and programs when they are looking for a job.


U.S. employer-specific key findings include:
  • 66% of companies have an official written statement conveying the organization's mission or vision regarding diversity
  • 54% have a formal diversity program, which may include initiatives such as diversity training, diversity recruitment, employee forums or mentoring programs
  • 37% have specific diversity targets or goals; and
  • 3% have a separate diversity recruitment budget


"The data suggests that the issue of diversity remains important to minority job seekers when they are evaluating potential employers," said Steve Pemberton, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Monster. "They are actively looking to companies to prove their commitment to building workforce diversity. Clearly, the survey findings show that there remains a significant opportunity for a large percentage of U.S. companies to implement formal policies and programs that will help make diversity a reality within their organizations and make them more appealing to prospective employees."

Edie Fraser, Founder of Diversity Best Practices added, "According to our findings, the majority of U.S. employers and job seekers alike believe that diversity engenders two important qualities necessary to maintain a competitive edge: innovation and creativity. It is imperative that a company dedicate resources to help promote a culture of inclusion, and to ensure it presents a clear, consistent message to future employees about its commitment to diversity in order to recruit and retain the best talent."


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