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November 16, 2006

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Reveille and Hyperbole:
Today marks the first day of Shally Steckerl's campaign to revolutionize the research and sourcing industry. Over the years Shally has trained, mentored (and learned from) many successful individuals, and he has openly shared his knowledge with thousands of people who would listen, but those efforts have mostly been at the grass roots level. Shally has achieved his goals of being surrounded by some of the industry's best minds, and been fortunate to have had the honor of learning from and working with companies like Microsoft, Google, Coke, Cisco and Motorola.

Monster, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (MNST), and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation's largest industrial trade association, announced that Monster has been chosen to power the NAM Job Bank. As part of this agreement, members of the NAM - job seekers and employers alike - will benefit from direct, customized access to Monster's comprehensive tools and resources. The alliance also provides Monster the opportunity to proactively reach more than 12,000 members of the nation's largest industrial trade association.

"Follow the Golden Rule." It's one of the first lessons many parents, teachers and ministers like to drill into young minds: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When it comes to referral networking, though, the Golden Rule doesn't shine. If you really want to succeed in networking, say the authors of a new book called, "Truth or Delusion: Busting Networking's Biggest Myths" (Nelson Business, ISBN 0785223207), you need to follow what Tony Allessandra calls the Platinum Rule: Treat others the way they want to be treated.

Trumba Corporation, a developer of innovative event marketing technology, announced that The New York Times has selected its Trumba Connect solution to publish, promote and communicate automotive and career event information on its Autos and Job Market sites. Trumba Connect helps organizations increase event awareness and attendance and connects them with their audiences through a comprehensive suite of tools that includes a hosted, interactive web calendar, email and reporting services.Using Trumba Connect, the Automotive and Career Event Calendars have been transformed into interactive, highly-communicative online event calendars enabling users to easily find events relevant to their own interests and geographic locations, and then add those events directly to their own personal calendars. For the global auto industry, the Automotive Events Calendar provides a comprehensive resource of auto industry insight and information, including upcoming auto shows, auctions and other events of interest to auto enthusiasts. For job seekers, the Career Calendar offers a wealth of information on upcoming job fairs, networking events and resume workshops.

The Deloitte Research Leading Index of Consumer Spending increased this month, as real wages rose and initial unemployment claims showed a large decline.
"The first rise in real hourly earnings in more than two years -- as a result of falling energy prices -- along with a sharp fall in initial unemployment claims, are good signs for consumers and the economy," says Carl Steidtmann, chief economist with Deloitte Research and author of the monthly index. "Housing market values continue to be a question, but energy prices continue to show downward momentum and consumer purchasing power continues to improve. Going forward, mild weather could accelerate that improvement." (Full Release)

Kenexa® (KNXA), a leading provider of talent acquisition and retention solutions, announced that it has completed its acquisition of BrassRing, a leader in on-demand talent acquisition software. Originally announced October 6, 2006, the acquisition of BrassRing extends Kenexa's ability to deliver global human capital management (HCM) products and services. "Together, we expect that Kenexa and BrassRing will intensify its operational strength through the combination of our respective R&D, product management, and services teams. Most of all, this merger means that our customers will have access to an even more expansive suite of products and services, as well as an intensified global support network," said Rudy Karsan, Kenexa's Chief Executive Officer. Kenexa financed the approximately $115 million purchase price for the acquisition through a combination of cash and $65 million in borrowings under a new $75 million credit facility that the Company entered to in connection with the closing of the transaction.

Bullhorn, the global leader in On Demand, front office staffing and recruiting software, continues to forge major milestones and set industry-leading standards in On Demand service delivery for the staffing and recruiting industry by processing a record six million transactions in a single day.  Bullhorn's 7,000 users clicked on dynamic links, or requested actions that required processing, more than six million times in one day, demonstrating staffing and recruiting firms' widespread use of Bullhorn to generate, source and fill job orders in the shortest time possible.  Bullhorn also delivers more than one million emails on a daily basis.

With the recent shift of power in the U.S. Congress, pending immigration reform legislation has moved to forefront of the political agenda and, when passed, will make a substantial impact on human resource departments. "The expected legislation will provide a path to legalization for an estimated 9.5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. After years of debate, Congress can now pass the necessary measures to address this issue crucial to not only those immigrating to the U.S., but also those corporations and U.S. citizens that depend on their daily contributions," commented Robert Meltzer, VISANOW CEO.


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You Should Know:
Job hopping often bounces candidate off of hiring lists

If your resume looks like a laundry list of short job stints, your career may be headed nowhere. According to a recent survey from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, nearly nine out of 10 chief financial officers said that the length of time a candidate has spent at previous employers is a somewhat to a very important factor in evaluating them for a position. Only 10 percent said it wasn't important. (Tribune)

Monster online job index rebounds
The Monster Employment Index for Europe, which tracks job vacancies posted online in five countries, rebounded to 126 in October as healthy economic activity boosted hiring intentions, a report showed on Tuesday. "The economic picture in Europe is very positive, with the European Central Bank not only raising its forecast for growth in 2006, but also providing a very optimistic outlook," said Peter Dolphin, CEO, Monster Worldwide Europe. "In the last six months we have seen the index rise a full ten points, as businesses across Europe have looked to the online recruitment market to grow their workforce and respond positively to this period of growth." The rise in the index from September's 124 reading came as Britain, France, Sweden and the Netherlands -- four of the five countries covered by the survey -- reported greater online job availability last month. Only Germany remained flat, with its index staying unchanged at 119. (Reuters)

A matter of styles
In today's workplace, baby boomer tenacity doesn't always mesh with Gen Xers' laid-back approach
Workplace generations

  • Traditionalists:
    Born through 1945. About 10 percent of the U.S. work force. They trust hierarchy and authority and can be surprised when others do not. They use their institutional experience and intuitive wisdom to face changes in the workplace.
  • Baby boomers:
    Born from 1946 to 1964. Nearly 45 percent of the work force. They were the first workaholics, not because it was the right thing to do, but because it was necessary to advance. Boomers tend to be gifted at political correctness, having changed the social order by saying the right thing at the right time to the right person. They traditionally found their "worth ethic" in their work ethic but now seek a healthy work/life balance.
  • Gen Xers:
    Born from 1965 to 1980. Roughly 30 percent of the work force. Having started their career during the most profound economic change since the Great Depression, they rely on their technological acuity and business savvy to stay marketable. Entrepreneurial, they don't believe any person or institution will see them through. They want to get in, get the work done and move on to the next thing.
  • Millennials:
    Born from 1981 to 2000. Nearly 15 percent of the work force. This digital generation contains high-speed stimulus junkies with just enough skepticism (like the Xers) to keep them asking questions, political savvy (like the boomers) to know who's who, and respect for character development (like traditionalists) to incorporate individual responsibility into their jobs. (Baltimore Sun)

Global HR BPO Competitive Landscape Favors Efficiency and Scale: IDC
As the HR BPO market continues to grow, IDC's research indicates that the barriers for entry are rising at the high end of the market despite increasing market interest in HR BPO services
by Global Services Global Services Human Resources (HR) BPO is the fastest-growing segment of HR services, and will grow at a CAGR of 16% in the U.S.A., reaching $18.9 billion in spending by 2010, according to a recent report by IDC. The research found that most companies today, even midsized firms, are launching operations outside of the country housing their headquarters. (Global Services)

PR recruitment - are you breaking the law?

One month on from the introduction of the Government's new age discrimination legislation, VMA Group is holding an event at which anyone involved in the recruitment of PR professionals can judge for themselves whether they are complying or breaking the law! For instance, did you know that a candidate only needs one perceived discriminatory fact from the recruitment process to put forward a case for discrimination? (OnRec)

US: files for $50 mln IPO Inc., which provides on-demand compensation management products, said on Monday it is planning an initial public offering of as much as $50 million worth of common stock. (Reuters)

Firms can get $50,000 for hiring Iraq veterans
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once called on Americans to give men and women who served in the military a "square deal" as they returned to civilian life. Now some six decades later, veterans are seeking that same courtesy as they come home from Iraq. "They are running into problems finding jobs. That's an absolute fact," said Ed Simmons, regional veterans coordinator, New York State Department of Labor. Employment prospects are particularly grim for the nation's youngest veterans. Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor last month put the jobless figure for veterans ages 20 to 24 at 11 percent. (Buffalo News)

Outsourcing: Its time may have finally come
Outsourcing always seems to be on the verge of becoming the next big thing. Time and again, we hold our breath and wait for the opportunities to surge forth, only to be left merely breathless. But this time could be different. As staff writer Roseanne Gerin explains in her front-page story, there are many factors at play today that finally could put that opportunity engine into high gear. The effects of pending retirements of many government workers, as well as the reluctance of new college graduates to make government a career, are well known. But also at work is the personnel squeeze caused by the war on terror. That vise tightens as increasing numbers of civilians are shifted into defense jobs left vacant by uniformed personnel taking on combat roles. Tight budgets also are forcing agencies to look for more efficiencies. (Washington Technology)

Calif., Ohio papers outsourcing ad jobs to Indian firms
Advertising production jobs at the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times will be outsourced to India, according to a story posted by the paper Nov. 11. The newspaper said Express KCS, a firm that bills itself as "India's leading media preparation business," will take over ad production operations within the next several months. Its clients include prepress firms, ad agencies and retailers. Express KCS Chief Executive Officer Robert Berkeley confirmed the Times' account, but declined additional comment. John Armstrong, an executive with MediaNews Group, which bought the Times and San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News earlier this year, couldn't be reached for comment before deadline. (Newspapers and Technology)


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Deep Release:

Dice Inc, the leading provider of specialized career sites and career fairs, announced the results of the second Dice Tech Appeal Index, a semi-annual study of professionals from within and outside the technology industry that gauges the overall interest in working in the IT field as compared to other industries.

The study found that technology professionals remain overwhelmingly satisfied and strongly loyal to the technology field. Ninety-five percent of respondents reported that they were somewhat or very satisfied in their current job, and 93 percent said they intend to stay in the IT field for at least the next six months. Technology professionals also continue to recommend IT as a career over any other industry, with 83 percent likely to recommend technology to others, as compared to just 63 percent for healthcare and 47 percent for financial services.  Comparatively, 62 percent of non-tech adults would recommend a career in technology, 66 percent would recommend healthcare, and 43 percent would recommend financial services. 

The survey also found that the great majority of tech professionals cite the ability to keep their skills up-to-date as a strong area of concern (82 percent). Further, when asked to assess their employers' encouragement and support of skills development, one-third of tech professionals say it is "only fair" or "poor." Only 26 percent rated their employers' performance in this area as "excellent," with 40 percent of respondents rating it as "good."

When employers do support their tech employees' skills development, they most often provide in-house training (37 percent), followed by tuition reimbursement for college courses (32 percent) and reimbursement for professional courses (28 percent). Only 26 percent of employers offer time off to attend courses and just 18 percent offer monetary rewards or promotions to employees that obtain new skills or update existing ones.

"Customers often ask us what they can do to foster loyalty and reduce turnover among their technology teams," said Scot Melland, CEO and president of Dice Inc. "Employer sponsored training and professional development programs are excellent ways to build the overall technical capability of an organization while addressing a key career issue among tech professionals. If the team members are able to stay current and grow within an organization, they have less reason to look elsewhere.  You rarely find such an ideal win-win situation."

Additionally, the study found shifts in the reasons for job satisfaction among technology professionals. Tech pros citing "opportunities for advancement" as a primary reason for satisfaction at their current job dropped from 21 percent in February to just 12 percent in October. Job satisfaction due to salary also slightly declined in this edition, with 28 percent of respondents citing good pay as driver of satisfaction, as compared to 34 percent in the previous wave of the study.

While a strong majority of tech professionals are concerned about keeping their skills up-to-date, only 37 percent are worried about their job being outsourced to a foreign country. Notably, non-tech professionals are more likely to be concerned about the issue, with 43 percent reporting that they were very or somewhat concerned about their job being outsourced.

The October 2006 Tech Appeal Index score for technology professionals was 121, down from 124 in the previous study, while the score for non-tech adults was 104, down from 105. The ratings indicate that the level of interest in a technology career as compared to other industries remains steady among both groups.

The Dice Tech Appeal Index serves as a measurement of a person's inclination to recommend the IT field to others as opposed to another industry. A value of 100 indicates that a person would recommend the IT field and other fields equally, while a value above 100 indicates a stronger likelihood to recommend technology as a career. Dice Inc. conducted the survey among a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 adults over age 18, including an oversample of 562 adults currently employed in IT positions. The margin of error for the sample of non-tech adults is +/-4.7 percent and the margin of error for the sample of tech professionals is +/-4.1 percent. Interviews were conducted by telephone between October 7 and 14, 2006.

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About Dice

Dice Holdings, Inc. is the leading provider of specialized career sites and career fairs for high growth vertical sectors. With a 16-year track record of meeting the ever-changing needs of companies and recruiters, our specialty focus and exposure to highly skilled professional communities enable employers to reach hard-to-find, experienced and qualified technology and engineering, accounting and finance, capital markets, and security-cleared candidates.

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