Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hope to Be Back Soon.

Due to time constraints I will be unable to continue my weekly platform.  Although I enjoy blogging very much other obligations are limiting the amount of time I can devote.  With that said, I have written many great articles on recruiting as well as the job search process - please continue to read and comment.  I promise I will respond.

I hope to return soon but want to make sure my readers are aware that I will be away for a bit.
Thank you.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Labor Market Survey: Job Openings, Hires & Turnover

The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this March for January 2013.  JOLTS collects data on job openings, hires, quits, layoffs, discharges and other separations including retirement and covers all nonfarm establishments such as factories, offices and stores as well as federal, state and local government entities.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Unemployment & Weekly Earnings Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report, which among other things breaks down the national unemployment rate, improved significantly from the previous month.  National nonfarm payroll rose to 236K in February (50 percent increase from the previous month) and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent with the job gains in professional and business services, construction, and healthcare. The Chicago MSA unemployment rate increased from 8.3 percent in November to 8.6 percent in December. To give some perspective, over the last 10 years the national unemployment has ranged from 4.6 percent in 2006 to 9.6 percent in 2010.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

State of Executive Search: Addendum

I recently wrote an article on the “State of Executive Recruiting” where I highlighted threats and opportunities in the industry. After writing that article and reading a few others ("Recruiters Are Worth the Money") that were published around the same time I thought about sharing some insight I gained from previous research. Primarily I want to share the how industry has performed over time.  After compiling and reviewing the data, I realized that although there are real threats to the industry those threats are not impacting it as much as one would think. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Diversity Recruiting: Brand, Identify & Prepare

It goes without saying that workforce diversity and inclusion are important topics for human resource (HR) professionals and recruiters. According to the US Census Bureau Hispanic Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans make up approximately 30 percent of the current workforce with women accounting for 47 percent of the total working population.  Combine this with affirmative action legal requirements under Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustments Assistance Act and the need for diversity and inclusion is obvious.  The challenging part is finding diverse talent and making them feel comfortable in a corporate work structure where only 9.3 percent and 14.3 percent of senior positions are held by minorities and women, respectively - below are a few strategies and tips to help you along the way: