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

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…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey: Recruiters Give Themselves No Better Than a “B” or “C+” Grade


With a self-assigned grade of B, and an even lower C+ from the hiring managers whose jobs they fill, recruiting leaders from companies large and small heard the news there’s much to do to improve those scores, and that the road is not going to get easier in the year ahead.

Speaking to the opening session of the Spring 2014 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in San Diego, ERE’s CEO Ron Mester told the hundreds of talent acquisition leaders in direct language that “You have a lot of work to do to improve … No one should be satisfied with a C+ or a B.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

March Job Growth: Not Too Bad, But Not as Good as Expected

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Editor’s note: Weekly Wrap  is taking a week off. It will return next Friday.

U.S. job growth in March was somewhat lower than predicted as employers added 192,000 jobs during the month.

The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent due largely to the half-million workers who rejoined the labor force.

The March report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also upped the initial numbers for January and February, adding 37,000 more jobs. With the revisions, monthly job growth during the first quarter of the year averaged 177,700 new jobs versus 206,000 for the first quarter last year. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Employees Are Leaving Because They Don’t Know of In-House Opportunities

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With the rate of voluntary quits in the U.S. approaching pre-recession levels — 22.8 percent in 2013 — it’s no surprise that in a survey last year, HR professionals and talent acquisition leaders identified retention and its twin “internal mobility” as one of the five top trends.

Nearly 40 percent of the 553 U.S. recruiting leaders who took part in LinkedIn’s global recruiting survey last year said they are increasing their internal hiring volume. Globally, the percentage was even higher.

“Internal candidates are typically higher quality; plus their skills, performance, and cultural fit are known,” LinkedIn’s Leela Srinivasan told SHRM in a report the society did on the survey. The report observed that 51 percent of the talent leaders acknowledged a “need to increase candidate awareness of relevant in-house opportunities.” Read more…

HR News & Trends

February Jobs Report Improved a Little, But Still Not as Good as Last Year


Less crippled than economists predicted by the nasty weather that gripped much of the nation last month, the U.S.Department of Labor reports that the economy improved hiring in February, adding 175,000 new jobs.

That was 25,000 more jobs than the average of analyst estimates.

In this touch-and-go economic recovery, gains higher than expected are good news, but the numbers over the last three months are anemic compared to last year’s average 190,000 new monthly jobs.

February 2013, which was unencumbered by bitter weather, saw 280,000 new jobs. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Supreme Court to Decide If Employees Should be Paid for Security Checks


A case that has the potential to cost staffing companies — and, in turn, their clients — hundreds of millions of dollars is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices agreed to hear a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against Amazon’s temporary worker provider, Integrity Staffing Solutions, over whether workers should be paid for the time they spend going through company security on their way home.

Two former employees provided by Integrity who worked at Amazon’s two Nevada warehouses sued the retailer’s staffing firm demanding to be paid for the 20-25 minutes it routinely takes them to clear the daily security check.

Because the case was filed as a class action, it could affect many or most of the estimated 38,000 temps at Amazon’s three dozen U.S. warehouses and distribution centers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

“Labor Buyer’s Market” Helps Keep Temp Worker Growth Flat in 2013


Temp labor reached new heights last year as employers ratcheted up the use of contract workers ending the year with 2.8 million temp employees, a 7.9 percent increase for the year.

Staffing firms added jobs at an average of 16,875 a month last year, the fastest pace since 2010, a turnaround year from the recession that began in 2007. Temp growth was slower in January, with 8,100 new jobs. However, too much shouldn’t read into the month, as January’s temp hiring is rarely useful to predict the rest of the year. Read more…

HR News & Trends

January Report Shows Another Month of Disappointing Job Growth

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The U.S. grew jobs at a disappointing pace in January, the second consecutive month that hiring came in far below what economists were expecting.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly jobs report said 113,000 new jobs were created during January 2014, some 70,000 below predictions.

And if that wasn’t enough gloomy news, the report upped December’s initial job count of 74,000 by a mere 1,000 jobs. A revision to the November numbers did better, adding 33,000 to 241,000 previously reported. Read more…

HR Technology, Recruiting and Staffing

Want to Hire Female Technology Professionals? So Does Everybody Else


Are there women in tech?

Yes, but the truth is, not many. Certainly nowhere near their proportion to women in the workforce.

Women are barely a quarter of the IT professionals, yet they account for half the civilian workforce. Women earn 60 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, but fewer than 20 percent earn a degree in computer science. Back 25 years ago, 37 percent of the computer science degrees went to women.

In some specialties — cyber security, for one — men outnumber women 9 to 1. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Obamacare Rollout Is Fueling Huge Growth in Medical Jobs

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Whatever you may think of the Affordable Care Act, it’s already creating new health care jobs, and increasing demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are attractive options because they can do 75 to 85 percent of the work a physician does at 55 to 65 percent of the cost,” says Susan Mesa, president of the Atlanta locum tenens staffing firm Advanced   

These types of professionals may be the most obvious beneficiaries of the health care law, parts of which began to go into effect January 1. They are not, however, the only workers who will be needed as the number of the nation’s medically insured grows. Read more…