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November 13, 2006

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Reveille and Hyperbole:
announced the release of DirectPost(tm), a ground-breaking technology that automatically submits job postings to industry-leading job search engines. This new functionality is available exclusively to all current Hirebridge client companies and is included in all Hirebridge Recruiter Applicant Tracking System annual service plans.

CVTracer, an on-demand recruiting software solutions firm, has recently published a best practices white paper detailing the need of third party recruiters to have sales and sourcing on the same page. "Be a Detective, Not a Clerk: Best Practices for Third-Party Recruiters" provides new insights into the shortfalls of current tracking methods and how to overcome them and efficiently track sourcing and sales efforts.

An industry poll conducted by ICIS jobs, a new online recruitment service from ICIS, shows that jobseekers from the global chemical industry are turning to online recruitment services to search for jobs. A massive 71% of respondents to ICIS jobs poll, who intend to seek a job outside their existing company, said they would look online. ICIS jobs has been recently launched as a new online recruitment service from ICIS, the leading information provider to the global chemical and oil industry, as a response to the changing industry recruitment trends.

You Should Know:
TECH TALK: Two-Sided Markets: Pricing
The HBR article authors categorise the two sides as a subsidy side and a money side who interact with each other via a platform. Thus, for example, Google is a platform which connects users interested in search or content (subsidy side) with advertisers (money side). Online recruitment sites connect job seekers (subsidy side) with employers (money side). One of the most important issues in two-sided markets is that of pricing. In an interview with HBS Working Knowledge, Andrei Hagiu explained the pricing challenge further: Two-sided platforms must solve a chicken-and-egg problem. For example, without sufficient applications developed for it, an operating system has no value for, and therefore cannot attract, users. Without a solid user base, no application developer will be interested in supporting that operating system. If the platform vendor decides to charge positive prices on both sides, it might end up attracting neither. The same goes for dating clubs, game consoles, and so on. So the idea is to subsidize one side in order to attract it more or less irrespectively of the other side and then turn to the second side and charge it positive prices. (Emergic)

BPOs get real about staff stability
When reality bites, grin and bear it. HR professionals in the BPO sector are getting realistic about ideas of employee stability, and are now open to hiring those who show a promise of staying on for even 12 months — a contrast from two years ago when this would have been considered too unstable. Blame it on the ‘churn' of events. Companies like EXL, InterGlobe Technologies, and Convergys say with industry attrition on the rise, candidates with 12-18 months' average stints are gaining acceptability. "HR managers cannot be oblivious to the reality of the job market. The average tenure of the employee in an organisation has been coming down over the last 5-6 years. Till two years ago, one would only settle for a three-year stability, now it has come down by half," says EXL human resources vice-president Deepak Dhawan. (Infotech)

New Zealand:
MIT's (Manukau Institute of Technology) special needs job search whizz wins national award

As a passionate advocate for helping those with intellectual and learning disabilities find satisfying employment, Sue Willmore recently received the Placement Specialist of the Year award. Minister for Social Services Annette King presented the award to Sue at a special ceremony in Wellington. Papakura resident Sue received the award for her work within the national Mainstream Programme, which is a service that matches individuals with meaningful work in government departments and agencies. (Scoop)

The misguided talent war

Here we go again. Just when HR executives were getting used to having a brisk wind behind them in the race to find and retain talent, the demographic and economic winds reverse - blowing back against them and at gale force no less. As scores of articles in the press and reports issued by various associations, think tanks, and consulting firms all seem to be urging, it's time to fire up the recruiting machine because 'talent' will soon be (if it isn't already) in very short supply. No more leisurely cherry picking of the best and brightest. Forget about gearing up for the next RIF (a dreadful euphemism) program, it won't be needed, at least for awhile. The battle for brainpower is here. The war for talent has resumed. Companies appear to be again frantically chasing after top talent and showering it with all manner of perks and riches. As one HR executive from a super-sized energy company recently told me, "All we've been doing for the past several years is downsizing but now we are gearing up to recruit several thousand people." (Wisconsin Technology Network)

One in four employers will google potential hires
Photos and blogs on social networking sites could cost you your job
You might want to think about what kind of information and photos you post on the Internet. There is a new trend in the workplace, one which finds employers turning to search engines and social networking sites, such as, for screening backgrounds of job applicants as a way of saving money and time while recruiting. Many members of social networking Web sites present themselves as "party animals." Imagine not getting the job you always wanted because a potential employer found your party pictures after a simple Google search. Twenty-six percent of hiring managers said they have used Internet search engines to research potential employees, and 12 percent said they have used social networking sites, according to an online survey released by (Ka Leo)

The next era of physician recruitment
Dr. Jennifer Beaty had a number of choices open to her earlier this year as she debated where to begin her surgical practice. In the end, she chose Waverly. "A good friend of mine from residency is from here, and I knew she was quite happy, and that's how the whole thing got started," said Beaty. In August she replaced a surgeon who recently left the Northeast Iowa community. She now practices at the Waverly Health Center, where she's one of two general surgeons. "They have a beautiful hospital, beautiful facilities," she said. (Des Moines Business Journal)

The Great Recruiting Discrimination Debate – Round 2
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) go head-to-head with human resources and recruiting professionals from across the United States. Recruiting is all about discrimination — discrimination based on a candidate's qualifications for the job being filled. Discriminating appropriately and legally is becoming a bigger issue across the United States. The stakes for employees are increasing as the typical candidate becomes more sophisticated and the new EEOC and OFCCP rules for compliance go into effect. Hear your most challenging questions addressed by senior members of the EEOC and OFCCP. (Six Degrees of Dave)

‘Helicopter parents' hover over kids' job search
Boomers just keep coddling; says one HR specialist ‘It's unbelievable'
Some parents are writing their college-age kids' resumes. Others are acting as their children's "representatives," hounding college career counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling employers to ask why their son or daughter didn't get a job. It's the next phase in helicopter parenting, a term coined for those who have hovered over their children's lives from kindergarten to college. Now they are inserting themselves into their kids' job search — and school officials and employers say it's a problem that may be hampering some young people's careers. (MSNBC)

RNG Article: How To Select an Applicant Tracking System
As some of you know, I am a contibutor to the Recruiter Networking Group . I am going to link my articles - as well as other relevant articles - on my blog for easy access. The first article (October 11, 2006) is titled "How To Select an Applicant Tracking System". (MavixBlog)

Fined at work because your spouse smokes?
Your employer probably hasn't bugged your apartment to determine if your television viewing is up to par. But that doesn't mean that your life outside of work can't affect your hiring, firing or promotions. In many states, it is legal to hire, fire or promote based on what a company finds out about you in your nonwork world. That includes smoking, even during off-work hours. (Washington Post)

Venture Capital: Startups reach into some deep pockets
Seattle wireless startups continue to gobble up venture capital dollars. The latest to attract funds include Pelago and Ontela, both of which raised multimillion- dollar rounds from some deep- pocketed and well- known venture capital firms. Pelago, a stealthy startup formed earlier this year by former Senior Vice President Jeff Holden and former engineer Darren Vengroff, has raised $7.4 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, founder Jeff Bezos and Trilogy Equity Partners. The money will be used to continue working on a new mobile service that involves social networking. (Seattle Pi)

Barbara Ling on the Value of Blogging
Barbara Ling says that blogging increases your visibility on search engines . Whenever your blog is published, your site is being indexed within all of the search engines. (Google, Yahoo, Technorati, etc) (Recruiting Animal)

Deep Release:
IT Employment Prospects Bright Despite Slight Retreat in October;
IT Services Industry Buoyant as Over 600 Gather at the NACCB Annual Conference in Orlando

Despite a slight pullback in IT Employment in October, all signs point to continued growth in IT employment and strength in the IT Services sector. In October, there were 3,669,400 IT workers, which was a slight decline of 1,800, or 0.05%, from the previous month. Even with the October decline, IT employment has grown by nearly 140,000, or almost 4%, since October 2005. IT employment is measured monthly by the NACCB an Alexandria, VA, based trade association representing IT staffing and solutions firms.
From November 1-4, over 600 participants gathered for NACCB's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. "Despite the slight downturn in October, I am pleased to see the index reflect strong year-over-year growth in IT employment. The near 40% year-over-year growth in attendance at the NACCB Annual Conference tells you as much as anything else as to the strength of IT Employment and the IT Services Industry. The 'buzz' among participants both in and out of formal sessions was very upbeat," said Mark Roberts, NACCB CEO.
In one extremely well-received session at the NACCB Annual Conference, Economist Alan Beaulieu predicted continued strength in the market for IT services through the middle of 2008.
The slight decline in October was due to dips in employment in some manufacturing sub-sectors. Service industries continued to show growth.
"In light of both strong year-over-year employment data, very favorable anecdotal reports, and upbeat predictions from prognosticators, I continue to be very bullish on the prospect for strong demand for the services of IT staffing firms who are able to identify and recruit the right IT professionals on a 'just in time' basis," said Roberts.
For complete October NACCB IT Employment Index please visit
Technical note: NACCB's IT Employment Index is the first specific measurement of IT employment. This unique measurement of total IT employment is created monthly by studying the ongoing staffing patterns of a dozen IT and computer related occupations in 16 industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of IT workers including the manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, financial, information services, business and professional services, and education and health industries. The monthly IT Employment Index is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which is subject to monthly revisions, and therefore, the Index is revised accordingly. The IT Employment Index is also subject to annual revisions and was benchmarked in May 2006.

NACCB is the only organization solely devoted to representing IT Staffing and Solutions firms and their employees who are creating a new paradigm for the flexible workforce driving the 21st Century economy. These firms provide IT staff augmentation, IT solutions, IT project management, and IT consulting services to America's businesses. NACCB represents over 340 IT services companies serving as the industry voice for public policy. NACCB also supports member companies in efficiently delivering high quality services to their clients. NACCB is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

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