Software Advice reports a healthy HR ecosystem

Written by Andrew Rothman on . Posted in Industry, Topics

Software Advice Inc, 5000 analysisOur friends at Software Advice have analyzed the new Inc., Magazine "Inc. 5000." list and have compared it with the 2008 listing. Their conclusion is that the "HR ecosystem" has grown and changed, consolidating, gaining employees and generating more revenue than five years ago. We'd like to think PCRecruiter has something to do with that, naturally.

For complete details, check out their study at http://www.softwareadvice.com/hr/industryview/hr-ecosystem/

Social Media Dominates 2013: Recruiting Channels Survey Results

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The results of the Software Advice 2013 Recruiting Channels Survey, sponsored in part by PCRecruiter, are in! Here's what they've found:

  • Current Use of Recruiting Channels: 97 percent of participating recruiters said they have used employee referrals to source new hires in 2013. Traditional job boards and company careers pages came in at number two and three respectively. Social media was a close fourth, with 80 percent of recruiters saying they have used these channels to source hires.
  • Channels Delivering the Highest Volume of Candidates: The channel delivering the most candidates into recruiters’ inboxes was still traditional job boards, while employee referrals came in second. Social media came in at a strong third.
  • Channels Delivering the Highest Quality of Candidates: While traditional job boards delivered the highest volume of candidates for recruiters, employee referrals still deliver (by far) the best candidates for open positions. However, more respondents said social media delivered higher quality candidates than traditional job boards.
  • Projected Use and Budget for Each Channel in 2013: Although traditional job boards, employee referrals and company careers pages were the top three most used channels, recruiters plan to invest more in social media in 2013.
  • Conclusion: The data would seem to support the hypothesis that social media recruiting is only going to increase in the coming years, but only time will tell.

For the complete results, check out Software Advice's slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/SoftwareAdvice/2013-23205044

MST Sponsors Recruitment Survey

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Software Advice has launched a survey to help determine which recruiting channels deliver the greatest bang for the buck to HR departments and recruiting agencies, as well as to provide employers with a clearer picture of the recruiting landscape as it stands now and where it’s going. Read more here – http://new-talent-times.softwareadvice.com/2013-recruiting-survey-213/

Main Sequence Technology / PCRecruiter is pleased to support this effort and encourages all those in the talent sourcing and recruitment industry to add their voices to the survey pool:

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New Study Finds Cultural Fit Trumps Job Qualifications In Human Resources Hiring Decisions

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A new study found that when it comes to human resources hiring decisions, employers may value candidates who are a good cultural fit over those who can do best on the job. The researchers voice concerns that the emphasis on background similarities may create a class bias in hiring at elite firms.

Study author Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University, spoke out in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. She said, “Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job. But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner.”

Based on more than 100 interviews at leading U.S. investment banks, law firms and management consulting firms, more than half of the evaluators ranked cultural fit as the most important criterion at the job interview stage. Rivera suggests that this may mean that parental socioeconomic status plays a big part here. She said, “Evaluators are predominately white, Ivy League-educated, upper-middle or upper class men and women who tend to have more stereotypically masculine leisure pursuits and favor extracurricular activities associated with people of their background.”

Rivera also commented on how these findings might apply to other workplaces. While leisure interests would be expected to be particularly significant in more affluent circles, the specific cultural similarities that matter might vary in different settings. If you’re applying at a health food store, maybe no one will care if you play squash, but being a vegan could potentially give you an edge.

While the authors say this is the first empirical demonstration of this process, human resource professionals have long recognized the importance of finding candidates who fit in. This is one reason behind detailed job descriptions that give applicants a chance to screen themselves out if long hours or a laid-back environment doesn’t jibe with their personal values. It also helps to explain why employee referrals are highly valued for finding new employees who will connect with the current ones.

If nothing else, employers may want to consider whether the study findings suggest a barrier to bringing on board new employees who could be top performers and the implications for developing diverse and inclusive workplaces. For recruiters and job seekers, it’s another reminder to pay attention to extracurricular activities and other considerations that could be even more important than grades and job skills.

Job Descriptions of the President and Vice President: An Infographic

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On the heels of the Presidential Election, we thought it would be interesting to take an in-depth look into the actual job descriptions of the President and Vice President of the United States.

Luckily, Manpower recently unveiled two infographics detailing the responsibilities, skills, salary, and benefits of each position.

“These infographics help us understand the requirements of the most high profile temporary positions in the world – the President and Vice President of the United States,” Julie Cole, ManpowerGroup vice president of marketing for North America, said in a press release.

“The U.S. presidential campaign can be viewed as a lengthy interview with the American people selecting who gets the top two jobs with their votes,” she continued. “Nearly every job comes with a job description, and the roles of the president and vice president are no exception.”

Click here to see the infographics.