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A Kennedy Information Publication

April 28, 2009

Recruiting Trends Bulletin

Welcome to Recruiting Trends Bulletin, a twice-weekly e-zine for recruiting professionals, from the editors of

In this edition:

Thought Leadership
New Candidate Profiles for a New Economy

By Barbara Poole

Gone are the days of valuing consistency over entrepreneurial spirit. Today’s companies learn to manage the delicate balance by hiring employees who, regardless of their position, are infused with the ideals of entrepreneurship.

As recruiters, we have been accomplished stewards of our company’s culture. It has been an easy task to quickly ascertain, through skillful interviewing, whether a candidate presents as a skill set and cultural chemistry "fit" for the organization. In the past (which may be as recent as 2008) desirable candidate attributes sounded like a laundry list of consistent behaviors that assured 1) the candidate’s ability to succeed as a team player, and 2) that the candidate did not make wave while doing so.

Enter the economic crisis of 2009, and the criteria for hiring once viewed by recruiters as effortless have vastly changed. The pre-layoff staffing patterns of organizations have been drastically altered. In these de-layered organizational models, we find certain characteristics that mark a warning for those of us charged with casting the net for the company’s future human capital. Organizations emerge as leaner, under more scrutiny, and more accountable for shareholder (and in some cases, government) value, all while charged with out-performing the competition if they are to survive. These mandates come at a time when management and front line employees are reeling from cutbacks and the change in the way business needs to be conducted going forward.

Consistency hiring outdated
To move beyond the cubicle culture so pervasive in today’s large companies, it is important to realize that senior managements’ past hiring practices may very well have led to the level of rampant employee disengagement we see today. By hiring to a profile of consistency, corporations ensured a compliant employee base, who in reality is detached from the broader business issues of the organization. The resultant loss of productivity is tragic, and has led to the downfall of far too many companies and jobs across the nation.
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Data Watch
Half of Laid-Off Workers Find Jobs

Despite it being one of the most challenging hiring environments in the nation’s history, 41% of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months reported they found a new full-time, permanent position while another 8% found part-time work. This is according to a survey from CareerBuilder that included 807 workers who were laid off from full-time jobs within the last 12 months. The survey was conducted between February 20 and March 11, 2009.

"This is encouraging news for the 3.3 million workers who have lost their jobs in recent months," says Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "It’s going to take longer to find a job in today’s market, but there are opportunities out there in key areas such as healthcare, government, education, sales and technology. It’s important to devote five hours or more to your job search every day, check online listings, talk to recruiters, join social networking sites – use all the resources you have available to you."

Comparing Gender and Age
More men than women who were laid off in the last 12 months were able to find full-time employment – 59% of men compared to 49% of women. Comparing age brackets, workers ages 35 to 44 were the most likely to find full-time jobs after a layoff at 68%. Workers ages 18 to 24 were the least likely at 41% followed by 46% of workers age 55 and older.

Severance and Long-term Savings
The financial implications of job loss were significant for affected workers. Of those workers who were laid off in the last 12 months, only 32% received a severance package from their employers. Sixty-nine percent reported the severance sustained them for 2 months or less. One-in-four said it sustained them for less than one month. Forty-five percent of workers who were laid off in the last year had to tap into long-term savings as a result of losing their jobs.
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Thought Leadership
Recruiters Helping Candidates Succeed at Job Fairs

By Tony Lee

The popularity of job fairs waxes and wanes with the economy, and in our current downturn, these gatherings are back again with a vengeance. From big cities to small towns, job fairs are being organized by national job boards, local chambers of commerce and all sorts of organizations in-between. And there’s no doubt that bringing together employers that have available jobs to meet with eager job hunters is a great concept.

The catch from the employers’ perspective is in making sure that candidates have the correct expectations before they head off to a local fair. As a participating recruiter, everything you can do to help prepare candidates for the experience will make the day that much more valuable for you and them.

When a laid off project manager was preparing to attend a recent job fair in a New Jersey suburb, for example, he focused on the same things he thought about when he first attended job fairs 10 years ago: the look of his suit, the quality of his resume, and the best way to avoid traffic while getting to the hotel ballroom. Things have changed, and he was in for a big surprise.

The fair was scheduled to run from 9am to 3pm, and the job seeker arrived around 10:30am. He was greeted by a line of fellow job hunters that, as far as he could tell, stretched from the ballroom down two hallways and into another empty ballroom. And that was just to register to attend.
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News for Recruiters:

  • U.S. Economic Crisis Negatively Impacts Biotech/Pharma/Health: Medzilla Report
    As March saw the end of the first quarter of 2009 draw to a close, several companies announced layoffs, and while many may have been small, companies serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care industries were also affected, reports career Web site, MedZilla. And even as 14,000 new health care jobs were created, the average job creation in the first quarter was only 17,000 per month, as compared to 30,000 per month in 2008. Unfortunately,…
  • Best Practices Built Into Total Compensation Statement Software
    Total Rewards Software, Inc., a specialist in on-demand total compensation statement software develops a best practice methodology called Critical Success Factor 360. The program combines its on-demand software with all of its best practice modules into a systematic, 360-degree recruitment and retention, communication platform. "Traditionally, employers have provided total rewards statements to their employees and hoped for the best. They had no visibility into whether employees viewed their statements, what improvements they would like to…
  • SilkRoad Partners With Simply Hired
    SilkRoad technology, a provider of talent management solutions, announces a partnership with Simply Hired, a job search engine and advertising recruitment network, indexing more than five million job listings worldwide. The partnership will enable SilkRoad customers to expand their reach to potential candidates. Jobs indexed by Simply Hired through OpenHire™, SilkRoad's recruiting management solution, will provide customers the ability to distribute and include their jobs in the organic listings on Simply Hired's network of over…
  • More...

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Planning in a Weak Economy

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