John Zappe

John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Articles by John Zappe

HR News & Trends

Survey Says Nearly One-Third of Employers Plan to Hire This Quarter

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In what could be the strongest finish since before the Great Recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more than what they told CareerBuilder they planned. Read more…

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Demand For Recruiters Is Up, While Ads For HR Are Down

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Demand for recruiters is rising as employers emboldened by improving economic signals in the U.S. and globally add new jobs, only to find it ever more difficult to hire the workers they want.

Wanted Analytics says the number of online job listings for recruiters rose 4.5 percent in August from the same 30-day period a year before. In the HR category, recruiter jobs are now second only to the listings for HR managers, says Wanted.

The research firm analyzes online listings from corporate sites, job boards, and elsewhere to create reports on the types of jobs being advertised and other information and business intelligence. Read more…

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August Jobs Took Longer to Fill as Open Positions Continue to Grow

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August may have disappointed labor analysts with its unexpectedly low count of new jobs, but for recruiters, the evidence out of Washington and elsewhere says recruiting difficulty is only going to get worse.

Nationally, it took 24.9 business days (Monday-Saturday are business days for this report) to fill a job in July, according to the Dice-DFH Vacancy Duration Measure. That’s a bare tick off June’s 25.1 days. Meanwhile, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, put July’s openings rate at 3.3, a 22 percent increase over the 2.7 in July 2013.

What these numbers mean is that the average number of openings, expressed as a percent of total employment, is increasing. Or, to put it more simply, the number of open jobs is creeping up. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

How Employers Hired in 2013: Referrals Were Down, Direct Sourcing Up

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Employee referrals slipped again as a source of hire last year, as talent acquisition leaders increasingly leaned on other recruiting methods to fill their external hires.

The just released CareerXroads 2013 Source of Hire survey — its 13th — found  the 50 participating employers, some with more than 200,000 workers, relied more heavily on direct sourcing and help from third-party recruiters in 2013 than at any time in the previous decade.

They also accelerated their temp conversions, which, at 4.4 percent of the full-time hires, was nearly three times the rate in 2012.

In fact, except for print, every sourcing method tracked by the recruiting  consultancy CareerXroads showed an increase in hiring activity. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring For HR Positions Is Steadily Growing, Up 10% Since Last Year

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With payrolls growing and the economy improving, demand for human resource professionals is rising.

Online postings for all types of HR jobs increased 10 percent from last year, with more than 50,000 — and perhaps as many as 55,000 — advertised on career sites and elsewhere at the end of May.

Wanted Analytics, which found about 51,000 HR jobs online, said the most commonly advertised position was for HR manager, followed by recruiter, generalist, director, and coordinator, the latter typically an entry-level position. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

May Jobs Growth Hit 200k Plus for Fourth Consecutive Month

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Early indications of an anemic May employment report proved unduly pessimistic when the U.S. Labor Department announced 217,000 new jobs were added during the month and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

Analysts predicting a gain of 210,000-215,000 payroll additions in May were surprised Wednesday when payroll processor ADP’s monthly jobs report estimated a mere 179,000 new jobs. Now, with the government showing a fourth consecutive month of gains over 200,000, there’s greater confidence that job creation is finally gaining momentum.

“It’s in line with where we ultimately think the pace of job growth will be this year,” Michelle Girard, chief U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc., told Bloomberg News.The figure is “consistent with an economy that is growing between 2 percent and 2.5 percent.” Read more…

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The Minimum Wage Is Getting Pushed Up – State by State

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While efforts to raise the federal minimum wage are languishing, 34 states are considering or have taken action to raise their state’s minimum.

Congressional Democrats have been stymied in their effort to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over the next 30 months. With 13 states pegging their own minimum wage to the federal government’s, an increase in that rate would also increase the in-state rates.

Meanwhile, the minimum wage in six states will increase between now and the end of the year. Some states saw an increase on January 1. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

LinkedIn’s Big Move: Aggregating All U.S. Job Listings

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With the announcement this morning that it would begin to aggregate jobs from U.S. employers, LinkedIn took a big step to building its Economic Graph, and realizing its plan to provide all the world’s open jobs to all the world’s workers.

Beginning June 2, LinkedIn will offer hundreds of thousands of jobs aggregated from the career sites and ATS’s of U.S. employers who don’t prohibit it. These listings will supplement a nearly similar number of listings employers pay for, but they’ll be made available only to LinkedIn members who actively search for them. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

It’s a Tough Job Market, Especially If You’re Trying to Hire Nurses

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As National Nurses Week begins, Wanted Analytics took a fresh look at the hiring demand for nurses and found, to the surprise of no one who recruits and hires these professionals, that the number of advertised positions continues to rise.

The recession the nation is still climbing out of dampened demand at the end of the last decade, but since, hiring has come roaring back. Wanted’s report says the number of nursing jobs advertised online in the last 90 days was 18 percent higher than a year ago. Registered nurse was the most in-demand position, accounting for 63 percent of the posted jobs.

How many jobs does that represent? Wanted, which aggregates and analyzes help wanted postings from thousands of sites — corporate, agency, and job boards — reports there were 850,000 different nursing jobs online during the last 90 days. A little simple math tells us 535,500 of them were for RNs. Read more…

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April Unemployment Rate Plunges as 800,000 Leave the Workforce

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The unemployment rate plummeted in April to the lowest point in more than five years, as the U.S. economy added an unexpectedly large 288,000 jobs during the month.

All but the most optimistic of economists expected the jobs numbers to be strong, but nowhere near 300k, with the consensus of surveys placing the increase in the range of 210,000 to 220,000. The unemployment rate was forecast to decline only by a tenth of a point from March’s 6.7 percent.

Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for April said unemployment dropped almost across the board, with lower rates for whites, blacks, Hispanics, men, women and teenagers.

However, the sharp decline in the unemployment rate was due mostly to the 806,000 who left the labor force and were therefore not counted as unemployed. Read more…