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December 11, 2012
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Essential Articles for Today's Progressive Recruiter.

  Top Story 
  • Jobless rate hits 4-year low
    The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell to 7.7% in November, its lowest level since 2008, but economists said that was largely because many workers gave up their efforts to find employment. The official jobless rate dropped because 350,000 Americans disappeared from the workforce and no longer were counted as unemployed. The Christian Science Monitor (12/7) , Reuters (12/7)
  Economic Trends 
  • Survey foresees some hiring in 2013
    About half of recruiters surveyed said they expect to hire more workers in the first half of 2013 than they did in the second half of 2012, a Dice Holdings survey says. Hiring managers were more likely to have plans to hire workers with at least two years of experience than to have plans to hire entry-level employees, the survey found. "If greater confidence returns, I firmly believe hiring managers and professionals will be emboldened to act more decisively," says Scot Melland, Dice's chairman and CEO. (12/6)
  Talent Acquisition/Recruiting  
  • Use feedback to win competition for talent
    Setting up a feedback loop is critical to a successful recruiting program, Carlie Smith writes. "With feedback from hiring managers, recruiters constantly change bits and pieces of the search to target (or stay away from) specific traits and backgrounds. Feedback loops allow for continuous fine-tuning of the process to improve the search incrementally," Smith writes. OpenView Blog (11/12)
  • 10 ways to boost recruiting through social media
    Employers looking to delve into social recruiting should pick one or two websites to drive traffic to, and then make sure those websites are up-to-date, Sharlyn Lauby writes. They should also have a plan for measuring results. "[C]ompanies should track how much applicant flow they get from social sites. No different than the old days when we tracked how much applicant flow we got from the newspaper," she writes. (11/28)
  • Other News
  Employer Branding 
  • What companies can learn from cities that attract millennials
    Cities that recognize the value millennials add to the workforce have launched initiatives to attract younger workers, Spark Hire CEO Josh Tolan writes. For example, Niagara Falls, N.Y., looks to attract recent graduates by offering student-loan help, and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reaches out to graduates via e-mail, encouraging them to stay in the city. "There's plenty your company can learn from these cities to attract the best and brightest," Tolan writes. Mashable (11/25)
  • Does your company need a wheel of fortune?
    To keep his workers happy and engaged, Conductor CEO Seth Besmertnik holds regular meetings where workers are invited to spin a "Wheel of Fortune"-style wheel. The wheel can order workers to put on an impromptu talent show, take a day off, wear a crown around the office all day -- or have Besmertnik himself make an enraged face at them. "It lightens up the dialogue. As the company gets bigger, it helps everyone get to know people from other departments a little bit more," Besmertnik explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/17)
  Internal Communications 
  From the Shaker Blog 
  • Study ranks fastest-growing job fields
    The occupations requiring bachelor's degrees that have added the most jobs since 2010 are software development, accounting and marketing, according to study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists. More than 70,000 jobs were added in the U.S. for developers of applications and systems software, which amounts to 7% growth, the study found. Shaker Recruitment Advertising & Communications Blog (12/6)
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