Webinar Wrap-Up: Using Corporate Social Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 3.52.31 PMThe definition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is still evolving. It addresses the concept that, beyond merely conducting its business and adhering to legal guidelines, an organization has obligations such as looking after the welfare of its employees, the community, society at large and the environment.

There are three dominant areas where a company’s CSR might focus: environmental sustainability, philanthropy and community, or diversity and inclusion. Adecco’s recent webinar, “Using Corporate Social Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool”, helps leaders and managers understand how CSR is important to clients, employees and business, the impacts of CSR on recruitment and retention, and best practices for implementing a CSR policy in one’s organization.

Panelists for the webinar include Rich Thompson (Chief Human Resources Officer of Adecco Group North America), Tyra Tutor (SVP, Corporate Development of Adecco Group North America) and Francesca Mauro (Specialty Recruiter for Adecco Staffing, USA).

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Job Market Update: Latest Metro and Regional Unemployment Data

BLS-regional-metro-data-on-BLS-employment-reportThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its October 2014 unemployment report, showing an overall monthly gain of 214,000 jobs. This number is lower than what economists expected, but not bad considering the average monthly gains for the 12 months leading up to October were 222,000. January is now the only month of 2014 with job gains below 200,000. In total, since the beginning of the year nearly 2.3 million jobs have been added to the US economy.

The unemployment rate also declined by 0.1 percentage points, dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Regional and State Report

Looking to the BLS’ latest “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment” report, both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States during the month of September. 31 states had unemployment rate decreases from August, eight states had increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no change. 42 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, five states had increases, and three states had no change.
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Job Market Update: U.S. Economy on Track to Have Best Job Growth Since 1999

Job-Market-TodaySource: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “The Employment Situation – October 2014″ 

October marks another positive month for non-farm payroll employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its October 2014 unemployment report, showing an overall monthly gain of 214,000 jobs. This number is lower than the 230,000 that economists expected, but not bad considering the average monthly gains for the 12 months leading up to October were 222,000. January is now the only month of 2014 with job gains below 200,000. In total, since the beginning of the year nearly 2.3 million jobs have been added to the US economy.

The unemployment rate also declined by 0.1 percentage points, dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Revisions to prior months show that both August and September experienced more growth than was previously reported. The September payroll number was revised from +248,000 to +256,000 and the August number was revised from +180,000 to +203,000. That makes a combined 31,000 more jobs than initially reported.
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How Will Microsoft’s New .NET Support Policy Impact Businesses & Developers?

Casual Indian Office WorkerThe .NET Fundamentals team announced in a blog post this past August that support for .NET Framework 4.5.1 and older will be ending in 2016. Microsoft also reported that the company will be changing its product lifecycle support policy for the older .NET Framework 4 and 4.5 versions.

What does this mean for businesses?

This announcement puts pressure on businesses to get up to date on the latest technology and stay there. There may be increased cost and time needed to make the updates, but in the long term the benefits outweigh the costs. By forcing companies to stay current, Microsoft is ensuring that their customers’ systems are inherently more secure. The upgrade process has become seamless, allowing for quicker and more timely security updates. With the amount of important and sensitive data available within companies and increasingly in the cloud, the importance of security is at an all-time high.
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You did WHAT? 4 Daring Tactics Job Seekers Used to Get Hired

Recruitment or Employment Issues Chalk DrawingGetting noticed in the search for an ideal job can be challenging, so it’s no surprise that candidates have employed creative (and sometimes risky) tactics in their attempts to stand out.

Among the successful attempts, one job seeker contracted a billboard outside of an employer’s office, another candidate crafted a cover letter that read like a formal invitation for her hire rather than a request, and one candidate actually performed a song about why he was the best person for the job. Below are four other individuals who each took a unique approach that suited their professional and personal backgrounds:

An interactive video resume

Greame Anthony decided to showcase his PR and Marketing background – literally – by creating an interactive video resume with links to more information about his background. Anthony ended up receiving multiple job offers and then chose to continue doing freelance work instead.
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The Mind-Blowing Scale of Holiday Hiring

holiday_ig_thumbIf you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably well-aware that the next couple of months are going to get busy — very busy. As the end of the year fast-approaches, the world’s biggest consumer brands need to find a way to stay afloat and stay ahead of the inevitable shopping rush.

Companies need temporary talent as quickly as possible and need to have a holiday hiring plan.

Every year, the holidays generate demand for extra ‘hands on deck.’ That’s why retailers and delivery companies begin their staffing efforts in July or August. Last year, there were more than 1.7M private sector jobs added to the economy in 2013. This year, forecasts are much more aggressive — as one report points out, seasonal hiring will potentially outpace dot-com boom levels. The last time that this surging demand for temporary talent happened was in 1999.

Learn more about the mind-blowing impact of the holiday season with our infographic below:
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