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Talent Wars: Candidates Strike Back

Talent Wars: Candidates Strike Back

This was originally published on Recruiting Daily on August 17, 2016

A long time ago in a job market far, far away, there was a booming economy where practically everyone had a job. It was a time where 30% placement fees flowed like the force. We thought that this hot candidate market would last until the end of time.

It led to a lot of recruiting laziness, which became all too evident when we realized we were wrong about that market. The dark times, The Great Recession, swept way the old rules, signaling the end of the candidate market. As unemployment in certain areas climbed into the double digits, we thought the candidate market era was forever lost.

 
 
 

Start Building the Talent You Need for the Future—Right Now

Start Building the Talent You Need for the Future—Right Now

Hudson’s latest global research reveals that only one in two employers are confident their team has the capabilities to deliver what will be required in the future. But before we even think about tomorrow’s technical skills and blue-sky predictions, we need to address what we can fix—and change, and enhance, and radically improve—right now.

Our findings indicate that significant numbers of employers are concerned their people don’t have the skills required to perform in the workplace today let alone tomorrow.

 
 
 

Hiring in Seattle: It’s a Tech Candidate’s Market

Hiring in Seattle: It’s a Tech Candidate’s Market

Seattle had the fourth most competitive job market among major U.S. cities in 2015, just behind Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; and Dallas, TX. These cities all dramatically outpaced expected national job growth rates, according to research by CareerBuilder and Emsi.1

Long the home of established tech giants Microsoft and Amazon, in recent years Seattle has attracted satellite offices for major tech companies like Google, IBM and Snapchat. Seattle has also become a hub of innovation for cloud computing technology.2

 
 
 

Talent Wars: A New Hope with Aggregators

Talent Wars: A New Hope with Aggregators

This article originally appeared on Recruiting Daily.

Let’s talk Star Wars, specifically Star Wars IV – A New Hope. For those of you who have seen the movies which, based on previous reactions to Star Wars-themed posts is most of you, you can probably skip this contextual part. For those of you who don’t get the metaphor, I’ll get right to the good stuff. In this film, the plot is all about ending the Death Star’s plan by identifying its most vulnerable point to destroy the Death Star. As is typical of the Star Wars films, there’s a battle and the good guys – the Rebels – suffer heavy losses, leaving Luke one of the few surviving pilots. The bad guys, led by Vader, leads a squad of fighters and prepares to attack Luke’s X-wing fighter, but Han returns and fires on the Imperials, sending Vader spiraling away. Helped by guidance from Obi-Wan’s spirit, Luke uses the Force and successfully destroys the Death Star seconds before it can fire on the Rebel base.

 
 
 

Austin-Round Rock Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Austin-Round Rock Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Welcome to the Austin-Round Rock, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Oil & Gas talent market for March – June 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Austin’s unemployment rate is 2.9%, the second lowest rate in the state behind the Amarillo area.1
  • In May, local employers in Austin added 5,000 jobs and job growth is expected to remain strong for the remainder of 2016, with 25% of area employers claiming they will be increasing their workforce in the coming months.2
 
 
 

Dallas/Fort Worth Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Oil & Gas talent market for March – June 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • In May, the unemployment rate was 3.5% in Dallas and 3.8% in Fort Worth.1
  • Year-to-date job gains were strong in Dallas at 4.1%, but slow in Fort Worth at 0.6% where there is a greater dependency upon the energy and manufacturing industries than in in Dallas.2
 
 
 

Houston Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Houston Oil & Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Welcome to the Houston, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Oil & Gas talent market for March – June 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Houston’s unemployment was unchanged between April and May, remaining flat at 4.8%. It was the worst May job growth for the city since 1990.1
  • The Brexit decision in the UK has weakened the British Pound and strengthened the U.S. Dollar; however, a strong dollar puts downward pressure on oil, which is traded in dollars. The price per barrel had climbed to $50, but within days of the Brexit vote it had already slipped to $47 per barrel.2
 
 
 

San Antonio Oil and Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

San Antonio Oil and Gas Hiring Trends: March – June 2016

Welcome to the San Antonio, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local Oil & Gas talent market for March – June 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Unemployment in San Antonio was at 3.5% in May, edging down from 3.7% in March.1
  • San Antonio added 31,400 jobs in 2015, creating a robust job growth of 3.3% and helping the metropolitan area weather the slump in oil prices that is impacting much of Texas.2
 
 
 

7 Questions You Need to Ask at the End of an Interview

7 Questions You Need to Ask at the End of an Interview

You've probably been through enough interviews to know what questions you're likely to be asked. But are you prepared for the final question your potential employer will likely ask: "Do you have any questions for us?"

Here are seven great questions you should be asking at your interview. And no, "When will I get a raise?" definitely isn't among them...

1. "What do you like most about working for this company?"

Interviewers will often ask you why you want to work for them. So why not turn the tables?

 
 
 

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Recruiting New Employees

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Recruiting New Employees

To Find The Best Candidates: Use All Available Recruiting Resources, Ask Interviewees The Right Questions, And Understand The Role You’re Hiring For


Want to find new hires who will perform and stay? Then don't follow these common practices.

In my 16 years in recruitment, I've seen the all-too-common mistakes many hiring managers make when they recruit for new hires. It’s understandable – time is limited, and we all naturally fall back on the practices that seem most expedient and commonly used. But unfortunately, these rarely achieve what you really want: a new hire that goes on to become a star performer in your business.

 
 
 
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