This tag is associated with 59 posts

Skills Gap of Applicants in US – 42 Percent don’t meet skills requirements, but companies are willing to train up

Should professionals mind the skills gap when applying for a position? In new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, HR managers said 42 percent of resumes they receive, on average, are from candidates who don’t meet the job requirements. In a separate survey of workers, 78 percent admitted they would submit for a role … Continue reading

Employers’ Recruitment Practices in UK – 9 percentage point reduction in the proportion of employers who monitor the age of their workforce during recruitment

This report presents the findings from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employer engagement survey 2018, conducted by IFF Research. The employer engagement survey 2018 is the third wave of a cross-sectional representative survey of 4,201 employers across Great Britain. The survey was conducted between February and July 2018 and the previous waves of … Continue reading

Digital Public Service in Canada – What can be done to attract a skilled and diverse workforce?

Canada’s public service has charted an ambitious information management and technology strategy, and talent is one of its pillars. Finding innovative approaches to attracting, developing, and retaining the best and brightest requires rethinking many traditional assumptions and harnessing new approaches. What can be done to attract a skilled and diverse workforce? The federal public service … Continue reading

HR – Focus on skills, not pedigrees

A good place to start rethinking the recruiting process is at the top of the funnel, by cutting requirements in job ads to what’s truly essential—tossing out education and experience nice-to-haves—and hiring for fit rather than technical mastery of the role. Resumes, for example, won’t necessarily reveal a candidate’s creativity, willingness to work hard and … Continue reading

Recruiting – Are you biased?

Are you biased? Consider these sobering stats and see if any hold true for you: Pedigree: For a 2016 study of law firm hiring bias, a male’s résumé that subtly signaled privilege–sailing and classical music as hobbies–received nearly four times as many callbacks as ones that didn’t. Source: American Sociological Review Gender: In one study, … Continue reading

10 of the worst problems with the well-established Recruiting and Selection process

10 of the worst problems with the well-established Recruiting and Selection process used at nearly every medium-sized and large organization: 1. Job openings are designed based on the Essential Requirements needed for the job (many of which are untested, arbitrary and not even close to Essential) rather than on the work itself. This happens because … Continue reading

UK – Is there different treatment in recruitment practices and the workplace based on nationality?

In August 2015, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘the EHRC’) conducted research into employer and employee practices, perceptions and experiences in relation to recruitment. Our aim was to understand whether there was any evidence of differential treatment between UK-born and foreign-born workers with a right to work in the UK; the extent of discrimination … Continue reading

Job Search and Hiring – Seven facts every job seeker and employers should know

Although 76 percent of full-time, employed workers are either actively looking for a job or open to new opportunities, nearly half (48 percent) of employers can’t seem to find the workers they need to fill their job vacancies. A new study from CareerBuilder highlights seven important facts every employer and job seeker should know as … Continue reading

Talent-Driven Recruitment – If you want to attract and hire a great person, you need to offer a great job

Performance-based Hiring boils down to common sense and these four recruiting rules: *If you want to attract and hire a great person, you need to offer a great job. That’s why recruitment advertising should emphasize what the person will be doing, not the skills needed to do it. There’s not a single top-talent person in … Continue reading

Recruitment – Most hiring is a blind date, and referrals are an introduction

Hiring team members requires filtering for different hard and soft skills, so that new employees can slip into established patterns of company behavior. In this case, many companies depend on asking their employees to double as HR recruiters by leaning on referrals.  Researchers have long known that referrals surface better job candidates. Referred candidates are … Continue reading

Talent – GPA’s are unimportant. Really? But you are not Google

How Google is driving hiring standards Let’s fast forward to today. Jobvite recently released their 2015 Recruiter Nation Survey. It’s always an interesting read, with great data and metrics, but one metric stood out, to me, above all others: “57 percent of organizations now report that GPAs are unimportant.” Do you see what just happened? … Continue reading

Using Instagram for recruiting – Tips

You’ve probably heard about how lots of businesses are now using Instagram as a marketing tool, but have you ever thought about using it for recruiting?  “Social recruiting” isn’t really anything new, though it’s probably something you associate more with ‘professional’ networks such as LinkedIn or even Twitter. However, there’s so much more to it than purely … Continue reading

Talent War – Candidates choose employer brand over salary

No amount of money could tempt half of UK workers (53%) to consider taking a role at a company with a poor employer brand, according to research from LinkedIn. The Winning Talent report also found that one in six UK workers (17%) would take a new job with a company offering increased job security, greater development … Continue reading

Long or Short Job Descriptions and Titles ? Click-to-applies are up to five times higher for job descriptions between 2,000 to 10,000 characters

We at recently tracked nearly 400,000 job seekers looking at job advertisements across various platforms and the 30,051 applications that resulted from those views. The data supports a “Goldilocks” logic when it comes to optimizing the ROI of job descriptions. Too-short job descriptions of 1,000 to 2,000 characters (170-250 words) returned a click-to-apply of … Continue reading

Matching Job Hunters and Recruiters in US – Rewiring the labor market

New ingredients are being steadily added to the job-matching mix, promising to produce a more efficient and effective marketplace for workers and employers. For years, businesses across America have groused that they can’t find enough qualified workers, while others have questioned whether the “skills gap” is a myth. Amid this tired debate, it’s easy to … Continue reading

Jobs – Offres d’emploi – US & Canada (Eng. & Fr.)

The Most Popular Job Search Tools

Even More Objectives Statements to customize

Cover Letters – Tools, Tips and Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Office

Follow Job Market Monitor on

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Job Market Monitor via Twitter