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U.S. Census data show that Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group, representing the largest minority in the country. Today, there are approximately 42 million Latinos in the United States, which represents approximately 1 in every 8 residents – by 2008, 1 in every 5 will be Latino.
The buying power of Latinos in the United States today stands at more than $800 billion. This will rise to more than $1 trillion by 2008. Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, will answer questions regarding how businesses can best respond to this
demographic shift and the growing economic power of Latinos during a one-hour live Web discussion on the Washington Post Web site on Wednesday, April 19, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Part of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive's "Viewpoint" discussion series, visitors can participate by simply logging on to
www.washingtonpost.com/liveonline and clicking on "Viewpoint."
Resume Mirror has put out the latest release of its resume extraction product, REX 3.4. The product continues to deliver on Resume Mirror's strategy of continuous product improvement to ensure that its customers benefit from
deploying the industry's most advanced resume extraction technology. Delivered as an easy-to-embed component, REX 3.4 provides candidate data processing and standardization capabilities resulting in the acquisition of higher quality talent.
Jobster, Inc. and Six Apart Ltd., a leader in blogging software and services for individuals and businesses, have launched a program to let bloggers easily add a Jobster search widget to their TypePad site and be a career
resource for blog readers. Bloggers can also customize a Jobster jobs feed to provide job listings to readers that tie directly to the blog topic. "Jobster's 200-plus premium employers have found increasingly that the people they want to hire are more likely to be reading a blog on a given day than they are
to be visiting a job board," said Jason Goldberg, CEO of Jobster.
The continuing dramatic increase of Hispanic, Asian American, and African American populations, as well as the current surge in hiring is compelling US employers to seriously address the need to develop and maintain diverse workplaces. The recently published
The Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a 300-page guide containing over 650 national newsletters, magazines, journals, web sites and job boards targeting experienced college-educated African American, Arab American, Asian American, Hispanic,
and Native American professionals, is an essential tool for employers strive for success with diversity recruiting.
Workscape has formed an alliance with Asparity Decision Solutions Inc. of Durham, N.C. Under the alliance, Workscape will have access to Asparity's tools that help employees understand and manage
their health benefits online. Employers will also have the option of buying reports on the health services decisions their workers make.
Futuremedia plc (FMDAY), a leading European e-learning and managed benefits services provider, today announced the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Futuremedia are proud winners of the Public Sector People Management
Association (PPMA) 2006 Award for the Best e-HR Program for the Prosecution College. The award was presented by Sir Michael Bichard at the PPMA Annual Conference Dinner on March 29.
Zoom Information, Inc., the search engine for discovering people, companies and relationships, has accelerated and simplified the process of targeting, communicating with and qualifying potential candidates. ZoomInfo's flagship product PowerSearch can now be purchased with
JobCast , an integrated email and campaign management platform. Unlike traditional job boards that often deliver heaps of unqualified resumes, JobCast automates the candidate targeting process by giving recruiters the power to select exact matches from over 29
million business professionals and allowing potential candidates to self-select and pre-qualify themselves for specific positions. JobCast additionally has an automated referral mechanism to help recruiters tap into external referral networks and fill pipelines for future openings.
Executive leadership solutions firm Nosal Partners has added Mark Rybarczyk as a senior partner. Mr. Rybarczyk will conduct senior-level executive search assignments in the financial services sector and drive the firm's global
human resources practice...Global retained executive search firm Signium International has named Don Bodell as a managing partner based in Stamford, Conn....Hudson Highland Group, a provider of
specialized professional staffing, retained executive search and human capital solutions, has appointed Robert B. Dubner to the company's board of directors and to its audit and executive committees....Michael C. Hanley, previously serving as senior human resources manager for GE Europe, Middle East & Africa,
has been named as vice president human resources, International of General Electric Company/(GE) of Fairfield, Connecticut....Susan M. Hengel has been named principal of the HR Resources
division of Cypress Resources....
Canada doesn't pay top dollar for key talent, global study finds
Canadian employers are hard-pressed to compete with the big bucks dangled in the United States when it comes to recruiting senior finance, marketing and human resource executives, according to a new global compensation survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The hottest demand, Mercer said, is for finance
directors, who earn top dollar in the United States, where base pay averages an annual $250,000 (U.S.). Canada comes second, paying an average base of $186,440, followed by Britain, at $180,250. When bonuses and other cash incentives are factored in, those figures jump to $324,621 in the United States,
$262,711 in Canada and $236,607 in Britain. (Globe and Mail)
Dawn Of The Idea Czar
When the 'I' in CIO is for innovation, the post should go to a jack-of-all-trades. Billy Edwards' colleagues at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD ) have called him their utility infielder. AMD's human resources chief Kevin Lyman calls him the chipmaker's agent provocateur. Officially, though, Edwards is called
AMD's chief innovation officer, a newly created role for this senior vice-president. (BusinessWeek)
The NEW Search Engine Marketing
Don't focus on the wrong search box. Pundits have called it the Google effect. Your customers and prospects are seeking information about products and services you offer-and they expect that the answer is a search box away. In response, your crack marketing team creates a master plan to ensure that the
right information appears to the right customers in response to the right search query. Only one problem: Your team is focused on the wrong search box. (DestinationCRM)
Google Monetizes Popular Map Feature
"Maps are a very popular feature across all search engines," noted Matthew Booth, a search engine analyst for the Kelsey Group. Overlaying a click feature on top of them is a natural extension of this space's ad and search strategies, he said. Google continues to tinker with the concept of monetizing its
popular maps feature through advertising. What is new about its latest initiative is that icons for advertisers are embedded in the maps. When clicked, a pop-up ad appears with additional information about the advertiser, including its logo, contact information and other lines of text. (Technology
Keeping Up with the Googles
Microsoft's next Windows version may be hung up, but its cool Web services are flowing freely The delay of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system until next year makes the software giant look like a dinosaur stuck in the tar, but that's not the whole picture. Its efforts to match the Googles of the
world with fast online innovations seem to be paying off. In the five months since Microsoft (MSFT) announced its Windows Live strategy, it has released no fewer than 20 new services that are attracting millions of consumers. (BusinessWeek)
Now, BPOs offer IIM degree to retain talent
It's not all about money, honey! Not anymore. For software engineers and information technology (IT) professionals salary is gradually slipping to No 2 in the wish list, as a definitive career growth and personal development are moving up the priority list. HR managers and industry watchers inform that
salaries in the IT space are beginning to stabilise and have ceased to become the primary reason for high attrition rates. (EconomicTimes)
Skills shortage creates problems for nuclear decommissioning
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will not succeed unless urgent measures are taken to retain skilled staff and encourage new entrants to the industry, a leading union has warned. Prospect, the union representing workers in the nuclear industry, said the authority's strategy for the clean-up of historic
nuclear facilities would fail unless there were enough people with the right qualifications and experience to carry out the job. (PersonnelToday)
Dancing around resume gap
Dear June: I am a private dancer. It pays the bills and for my education. My parents don't have a lot of money and struggle to make ends meet for themselves. I make very good money doing what I do and get good exercise. I have protection and don't have to go the extra mile to make any extra money. The hours
are also good. It's not that I'm not proud of my job, but I know that one day I will graduate and be a successful businesswoman. This is not exactly a career or a first-rate profession, but it's what I've done for the past two years. I don't know what to put on my resume, but how do I explain what I've been
doing besides taking classes at the university? (Sun Sentinel)
Dell CEO promotes diversity at Bennett conference
Diversity has been a key ingredient in Dell's recipe for success, CEO Kevin Rollins told the third-annual Chief Diversity Officers Forum at Bennett College for Women. The two-day conference promoting diversity in the workplace concluded Thursday afternoon with a keynote address by Bennett President Johnnetta
B. Cole. (Triad Business Journal)
Ohio farmers: apples at $5 without low-cost immigrant labor
Against the backdrop of a crowded produce market, Ohio farmers appealed Friday for an immigration law allowing them access to low-cost immigrant labor. The alternative, they said, would be $5 apples and $10 for cauliflower. The prices, admittedly not based on agricultural economics, were meant to alert
shoppers at the West Side Market fruit and vegetable stalls to the national debate over immigration and immigrant labor, said Karl Losely, a Lake County nurseryman from Perry. (Ohio.com)
Accountants Looking for Jobs Can Afford to be Choosy
...Jennifer Tecson, 47, believes she'll find an accounting position that fits into her own requirements: It must be within a five-mile radius of her home in Windermere, Fla. The confidence of Fieler and Tecson is not misplaced. Both are likely to get what they're looking for. Accountants are a hot
commodity. Demand for professionals with solid skills, education and experience, is way up since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform legislation in 2002. Jerry Love, chairman elect of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, said firms everywhere are struggling to find accountants
with three to five years of experience. "The common theme is, 'I need more people, and I need more experienced people,'" he told the Austin Business Journal. (AccountingWeb)
Background Screening in India
As a major outsourcing hub for the global economy, India has to increase the comfort level for the overseas investor and the customers seeking business opportunity here.
Though a relatively new phenomenon in India, background screening is finding increasing acceptance. With multi-national companies setting up shop and increasing foreign direct investment flow, companies are background screening new hires to make informed hiring decisions.
Background screening goes far in helping an employer sieve out misrepresentation of information by an applicant. Early detection eliminates avoidable cost to the hiring entity. Companies are outsourcing the background screening function to agencies like AuthBridge Research Services due to
pressures on their staff strength and costs.
Ajay Trehan, founder-director, AuthBridge, agrees that background screening is difficult in India and most Asian countries due to lack of organised public domain databases and reluctance of organisations and institutions to be more forthcoming with relevant information. Since its inception
in August 2005, AuthBridge has verified over 5000 cases wherein major percentage of discrepancy has been with professional and educational details.
Most organisations are reluctant to verify details of past employees as the HR departments do not have set processes for background verification. Written verification in most cases is difficult to extract.
The challenge here lies in creating a higher level of awareness about background screening and building strong relationships with various sources of information like universities and employers. Relationship building is an integral part of this business as most universities, colleges and
companies are reluctant to part with information quickly.
Standards and procedures for the verification process are continually evolving and accuracy of reports is subject to the availability and willingness of the sources. Quality and consistency of reports and adherence to agreed turn-around-times are
"Our clients are aware that as we are not the source of the data we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information collected beyond its origin. The auditable trail of our verification process is available to reconfirm our sources ", stated Ajay Trehan.
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Human Capital Summit Conference
April 5-7, 2006,
Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel
Lucas Group and The Wall Street Journal:
Executive Diversity Career Fair
April 19, 2006
Embassy Suites, Chicago Downtown
HRIM: HRM Strategies 2006
April 9-12, 2006
NYHR Week 06
New York Hilton
April 25 - 28< 2006
Recruiting 2006 Conference and Expo
May 10 - 11
HR Shared Services Summit
Optimizing HR Shared Services to Achieve Excellence in Your Organization
May 22 - 24, 2006 ·
Sonesta Hotel - Coconut Grove, FL
NACE National Meeting & Expo
Anaheim Convention Center
May 30 - June 2, 2006
|3rd Annual Best Practices in Talent
Management, Leadership Development and Succession Planning Conference
25th - 26th May 2006
Hunt Scanlon Advisors present
Generating Higher ROI on Human Capital
June 7, 2006
|OnRec Online Recruitment
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
21-22 June 2006
SHRM's 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition
OnRec Expo 2006
12-13 September 2006
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
2006 Strategic HR Conference
October 4-6, 2006
Westin Kierland Resort
Human Resource Executive's
9th Annual HR Technology® Conference
Oct. 4-6, 2006
Navy Pier in Chicago, IL
2006 SHRM Workplace Diversity Conference
October 16-18, 2006
Century Plaza Hotel and Spa
Los Angeles, California
Scanlon Advisors present
New York city
October 18 - 20, 2006
New York Palace
HR.com's Employers of Excellence 2006
October 25 - 27, 2006
Red Rock Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada
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