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May 3, 2007

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Flipping the Funnel:
Heather Hamilton is a Microsoft Recruiter and legendary blogger. Long term readers will remember earlier times in which she graced these pages. Heather is at the heart of the evolution of blogging as a Recruiting form. Recently, she joined a number of other Blogging luminaries at ERE as a part of this panel:

More interesting was her approach to vendors at the conference. In a piece called "Vendors and conferences and flipping the funnel", Heather offered vendors the chance to book her time: (Read More)

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Reveille and Hyperbole:
WorldatWork, the total rewards association, has announced it will fund grants for applied research in the areas of Total rewards; Compensation; Employee benefits; Work-life; Performance & recognition; and Development & career opportunities. Media contact: Marcia Rhodes 480/348-7285 or mrhodes @

Accurate Background, Inc., a leading provider of background screening services announced today that it is now among a select group of organizations which have achieved Safe Harbor Certification., a national, performance-based recruiting employment website and career center portal, announces an exclusive partnership with regional publication, Florida Weekly.

There's a lucrative career ladder in the hospitality industry, often known only for its entry level jobs, according to WageWatch, Inc., (, the leading Web-based compensation and benefits survey company. The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute ( has published a flyer based on information gathered by WageWatch as part of its annual Compensation and Benefits Survey for the hospitality industry.

Deck Chairs:
The board of directors of General Dynamics elected Henry C. Eickelberg has been elected vice president, Human Capital Processes, reporting to Walter M. Oliver, senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration. … Monster names Joan Blackwood Chief Marketing Officer for North America … Westaff, Inc., a leading provider of staffing services, announced that Michael T Willis has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Michael Willis, a prominent staffing industry executive, founded Talent Tree Inc, a clerical and administrative staffing company in Houston, TX in 1976. He founded COREStaff, Inc in 1993. In 1995, COREStaff became a publicly traded company and later began operating as Metamor Worldwide, Inc, one of the largest national providers of information technology services. "Westaff is a great company, and I am very excited about our significant growth opportunities for the future," said Mr. Willis. …

Survey Says:
Survey: New-Employee Orientation Programs Plentiful, But Lack a 'Wow' Factor Orientations are usually short and often fail to measure effectiveness.

According to a recent survey, most companies don't spend a lot of time orienting new recruits, and their top strategy for "wowing" them is to hand out items branded with the company logo. The survey, conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp formerly HRI), also found that although the vast majority of companies have new-employee orientation (NEO) programs, more than one-fifth of them don't bother to track their effectiveness.

"Considering the current and future war on talent, a new employee's first days are critical when it comes to creating a positive first impression that fosters loyalty," says Jay Jamrog, i4cp's SVP of Research. "Companies are also missing the boat to not only impress a new employee, but also to build upon the strengths and weaknesses of the employee, which were undoubtedly collected in the selection and assessment process. The future of talent management systems promises to record the competencies uncovered in the selection process, allowing for the early application of learning programs in cases where skill gaps have been uncovered. This is definitely something organizations should keep in mind when planning their NEO programs."

Considering the current and future war on talent, a new employee's first days are critical when it comes to creating a positive first impression that fosters loyalty The survey found that a full 86% of the responding companies have a program in place to orient new employees. For about half (46%), the process is done in a day or less, with another 26% wrapping the orientation up in two to three days. As far as offering new employees a "wow" factor, more than half (54%) rely on company-related items (pens, shirts, pads, binders, folders, etc.), and 12% admit to doing nothing at all.

"Getting a new t-shirt is nice, but it seems like there are probably better ways of making an impact on new recruits," says Jamrog. "The company should use the opportunity to have new employees communicate and build relationships with leaders in the organization right out of the gate. NEOs also offer a unique opportunity to gather a new recruit's impressions of the marketplace and the company."

In other survey findings, when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of their orientation program, 47% of respondents use employee surveys, 20% measure first-year retention and 17% look at performance ratings. Somewhat surprisingly, 22% of polled companies do not track the effectiveness of their NEO programs.

Most companies (81%) turn to the human resources department to administer the NEO programs, but 23% involve multiple departments and 21% include the department to which the new employee will report.

The New Employee Orientation Practitioner Consensus Survey was conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp formerly HRI), in conjunction with, in April 2007 and included responses from 597 organizations.

For more information about this study, or to receive a full copy of the results, please contact Greg Pernula at pernula(at) or via phone at (727) 345-2226.

About i4cp, inc.
Building on the 35-year history of its predecessor, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp, inc.) improves corporate productivity through a combination of research, community, tools and technology focused on the management of human capital. With more than 100 leading organizations as members, including many of the best-known companies in the world, i4cp draws upon one of the industry's largest and most experienced research teams and executives-in-residence to produce more than 10,000 pages annually of rapid, reliable and respected research and analysis surrounding all facets of the management of people in organizations. Additionally, i4cp identifies and analyzes the upcoming major issues and future trends that are expected to influence workforce productivity and provides member clients with tools and technology to execute leading-edge strategies and "next practices" on these issues and trends. i4cp is a for-profit company with offices in St. Petersburg, FL.

Kevin Oakes
CEO, i4cp, inc.
(425) 957-0780

Deep Release:
Monster Employment Index Posts Slim Gain in Online Recruiting for April April 2007 Index Highlights:

    -- Index rises slightly as most industries and occupations registered modest gains in online job availability

    -- Year-over-year rate of increase holds steady at 14 percent, suggesting the continued shift to online recruiting, and the stabilization of the Index's annual growth rate following a gradual deceleration in 2006

    -- New England registers strongest online job growth for the month, among all U.S. Census Bureau regions

    -- Education and healthcare industries continue to register strong expansion

    -- Hospitality and food services sector continues to rapidly create new online job opportunities

    -- Online demand for management positions rises amid signs of growing business confidence

    -- Building and construction-related categories edge higher, in line with seasonal expectations, but growth rate is down dramatically from a year ago

The Monster Employment Index rose one point in April, as U.S. online recruitment activity and demand for workers eased following two previous months of sharper growth. Overall, 16 of 20 industries and 19 of 23 occupational categories tracked by the Index registered increases of varying degrees in April. The Index is now up 14 percent year-over-year, but is still showing a modest annual growth pace compared to a year ago.

The Monster Employment Index is based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from more than 1,500 different Web sites, including Monster(R). Index results for the past 13 months are as follows:

Apr   Mar   Feb   Jan    Dec   Nov   Oct   Sept   Aug    Jul  Jun   May    Apr
 07     07     07     07      06     06     06     06     06      06     06     06     06
186   185   177   168   167    175   172   172   173   165    171   167   163

"The Monster Employment Index edged slightly higher in April, but its pace of growth reflects a moderating U.S. economy," said Steve Pogorzelski, Group President, International at Monster Worldwide. "Nevertheless, the Index's three-month upward growth trend could be an encouraging sign of stability in the U.S. labor market," added Pogorzelski.

Educational Services; Wholesale Trade Industries Register Strong Monthly Increases in April

The educational services industry category registered the largest rate of increase in April from the previous month, closely followed by the gains in opportunities in the wholesale trade sector. Online job availability in the construction industry also rose, gaining nine points last month, as milder weather in April created a resumption of building projects, yet overall construction demand has been mostly flat during the first quarter. Meanwhile, online demand in the management of companies and enterprises industry edged up two points last month, making it one of the top performers among industries on a year-over-year basis.

Overall, 15 industry categories posted growth on a year-over-year basis, with transportation and warehousing recording the fastest growth pace between April 2006 and April 2007. By contrast, the finance and insurance industry has dipped 10 points from a year ago, more than any other non-agriculture industry category.

Demand for Personal Care and Service Occupations Rises Sharply in April

During April, online job availability for personal care and service occupations surged, suggesting an intensified, earlier hiring effort for seasonal workers ahead of the summer vacation and resort months. The category, which jumped 41 points last month, registered the highest rate of increase among occupations for the month of April, as well as year-over-year. The significant gain of 37 percent from a year ago places the category at the top of the list in terms of highest annual growth rate.

Online demand for food services-related occupations also continued to grow, pushing the category up 22 points last month, and extending a four-month growth streak. The category is up 32 percent higher than a year ago, and is now second in terms of annual growth rate. The four-month upward trend in online demand for food services occupations reflects the underlying strength of the restaurant and hospitality sector.

Online opportunities for management occupations also grew in April, as the category gained 12 points, and increased its year-on-year growth rate to eight percent. The rise in demand for management workers may reflect improved levels of overall business confidence in the U.S. corporate sector, as witnessed by the strong first quarter earnings results at many S&P 500 companies.

All occupational categories are now showing positive growth of online job availability year-over-year, with the construction and extraction category registering the slowest annual growth pace.

Education and Healthcare Sectors Register Continued Strong Expansion in April

Online recruitment activity in the educational services industry rose 10 points in April, registering the highest monthly increase for the category in more than three years. Meanwhile, the education, training, and library category gained eight points last month, registering its strongest annual growth rate in two years. The Index's findings suggest that demand for teachers and school administrators remains high, mirroring recent data released by the U.S. Department of Labor that reported education payrolls are expanding at a brisk pace. In healthcare, online demand for support occupations rose nine points last month, while the practitioners and technical category edged up one point, demonstrating strong demand for a range of healthcare workers including physicians, hospital staff, nurses and residential care professionals.

New England Region Registers Highest Increase in April
The New England region registered the highest monthly increase in online job availability among U.S. Census Bureau regions in April, gaining nine points. In addition to weather-related factors, tighter labor market conditions may be a key factor behind the surge in online recruiting activity as New England's unemployment rate dipped from 4.7 percent in February to 4.2 percent in March. This may be an indication that the pool of idle workers in the five-state region is shrinking - which traditionally has created difficulty for recruiters and employers to find qualified candidates across many sectors.

A total of 49 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, registered increased online job demand in April, with New Hampshire reporting the highest rate of growth in online job availability between April 2006 and April 2007 amid strong demand from the rebounding technology industry in that state.

To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index report for April 2007, including all charts and tables, please visit Data for the month of May 2007 will be released on May 31, 2007.

About the Monster Employment Index
Launched in April 2004 with data collected since October 2003, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of U.S. online job demand conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from more than 1,500 Web sites, including a variety of corporate career sites, job boards and Monster, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide. All of the data and findings in the Monster Employment Index have been validated for their accuracy through independent, third party auditing conducted on a monthly basis by ARC Research. The audit validates the accuracy of the online job recruitment activity measured within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%.

About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST), parent company of Monster(R), the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to bring people together to advance their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit More information about Monster Worldwide is available at

CONTACT: General Information:
Monster Worldwide
Kathryn Burns, 212-351-7063
kathryn.burns at

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