How to Recruit for Diversity

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Hiring and retaining diverse employees remains, even in this day and age, a challenge for many organizations. And finding great positions can be quite the task for job seekers as well. It is crucial for businesses to embrace diversity and tap into a workforce that is skilled, productive, creative and that can bring new ideas to the table.

It is no secret that the landscape has changed over the last few decades, and it continues to evolve — all for the better. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more and more foreign born citizens are finding jobs and the trend seems to be going in the right direction. The unemployment rate for the foreign born in the United States was 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 8.1 percent in 2012.
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The Professional & Business Services Sector Leads December’s Job Growth

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Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “The Employment Situation – December 2014″ 

Employment gains were highest in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, healthcare and manufacturing. Here are some key sector highlights from the BLS “The Employment Situation – December 2014” report:

Professional and Business Services

This industry reported 52,000 added jobs to the economy (19.5 million total workforce), for a total of 732,000 year-over-year growth. The employment services subsector continued its upward trend with 16,200 new jobs (3.7 million total workforce), with 14,700 jobs coming from the temporary help services subsector (2.9 million total workforce). Administrative and support services added 34,400 jobs (8.5 million total workforce). Computer Systems and design services added 9,000 new jobs.
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How Social Media is Shaping The Recruiting & Hiring Process

The unemployment rate is below six percent for the first time since before the recession. The demand to fill positions with specialized, niche skill sets is high, and these candidates can be especially hard to source. This means uncovering and attracting the best job seekers requires sophisticated recruiting tactics. As an employer, how can you get a leg up on your competition?

Social media is not only changing the way companies go about recruiting and hiring, job seekers are also becoming more aware of the power of social platforms and are increasingly using their social profiles as a tool to find great work opportunities.

Many job seekers know that employers are turning to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to source candidates, and are effectively using these platforms to get an edge over other candidates.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Companies that are Hiring

man-hiring-another-manThe average employee requires at least three months to get fully adjusted to a new job. To make the hiring, training, and acclimation process as efficient and valuable as possible, companies that are hiring should challenge themselves with a few New Year’s “hiring” resolutions in an overall effort to save resources and time in 2015.
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Job Market Update: Metro & Regional Area Highlights

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Regional and State Overview:

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 November. 41 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from October, three states had increases, and six states had no change. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from this time last year, four states had increases, and three states had no change.
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Job Market Update: 2.8 Million New Jobs Created in 2014

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Source: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “The Employment Situation – December 2014″

The year finished strong in terms of job growth, as December brought 252,000 new jobs to the U.S. economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its December 2014 unemployment report, and the greatest job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, food services and drinking places, healthcare and manufacturing. In 2014, job growth averaged 246,000 per month, which is a remarkable improvement over the average monthly gain of 194,000 jobs in 2013. Since December of last year, a total of 2.95 million jobs have been added to the U.S. economy.

In other good news, the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, after remaining at 5.8 percent in the previous two months. This is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.
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