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What's causing the talent shortage in the United States?

For employers, the easiest way to navigate the complex business world, with its financial downturns and unemployment figures, is to invest in top talent. Of course, with expenditures heavily monitored by business owners across all departments, return on investment (ROI) is all the more important. HR departments need to quantify the economic value of attracting top talent, managing those employees and calculating the returns on those hires.

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An alarming number of employers plan to cut workforce training in the next year

Each month the United States Labor Department releases a report on how many newly created jobs were developed over the past month. Recently, metrics have been well below economist expectations, and rates are far from favorable. Nevertheless, new jobs are established each month, and employers need to make sure they hire the right candidate to fill an open role at their facilities.

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2 interviewing tips that help HR professionals

The employment process is often complex, and companies spend significant amounts of time making sure their hiring managers are capable of reviewing top talent and recognizing potential leaders. However, with unemployment rates high, businesses haven't had the luxury of retaining balanced HR departments, thus placing more pressure on hiring managers. According to the newest release of the Your HR Department survey conducted by BLR, 36 percent of HR departments operate with an HR staff to employee ratio of one HR professional to between 101 and 200 employees. Additionally, one-third of HR organizations operate with a ration of 1:50 and 31 percent have a ratio of 1:51 to 100.

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Three rapidly growing occupations in 2012

Employers who want to target top talent must use virtual recruitment solutions to connect with candidates all over the world. Without video interviewing technology in place, it is much harder to identify professionals who best fit the corporate mold, especially for rapidly expanding occupations.

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The auto industry is growing rapidly in 2012

Job growth in the United States remains stagnant for some business sectors, and active in other areas. Interestingly enough, some of the industries experiencing exceptional growth were in the red a few years back.

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An influx of new health-related jobs to be created by 2020

Back in October of 2009, the United States unemployment rate was around 10 percent. Fortunately, since then the rate has improved, and hovered around 8 percent in August 2012. As the economy recovers and people get back to work, job seekers are trying to find the ideal career - an occupation that is in high demand and pays well.

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Guest Blog: Social Recruiting - Get on Board

By Fara Rives, Media Manager, Allegis Group Services

Social recruiting is now the name of the game. Job boards, stacks of resumes and telephone interviews may have some important value, but if you're not regularly using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to your recruiting advantage, you're likely falling behind.

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How early do recruiters start cultivating top talent?

If you ask any recruiter about the obvious talent shortage in the United States, you'll gain greater insight into just how competitive the job market is today. Of course, some businesses will always be able to attract and employ top talent simply through their reputations, but other organizations will have to deploy new techniques to foster professional relationships with up-and-coming job seekers.

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Cautious employers look toward temps to fill open roles

Temporary work opportunities appeal to a wide portion of the U.S. workforce. Many Americans want to set their own hours, and freelance jobs often allow professionals to have greater control over how they conduct business.

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Turnover rates increase, and jobs remain unfilled in the U.S.

In the United States job market, turnover rates continue to affect hiring metrics. According to research compiled by Compdata Surveys' Benchmark Pro 2012, the national average total turnover rate for 2011 was 15.2 percent, which is up 0.8 percent from 2010. Additionally, voluntary turnover rates rose 0.7 points to 9.8 percent during the same time period. The report noted that the hospitality industry averaged the highest turnover rate at 33.7 percent, closely followed by banking and finance (16.5 percent), insurance (10.8 percent) and utilities industries (6.5 percent).

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Why are there 3.8 million unfilled jobs in the U.S.?

The unemployment rate in the United States is 8.1 percent, despite approximately 3.8 million unfilled jobs across the nation. With work options available for job seekers, why is it so hard for employers to find the right fit?

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Video Interviewing - a Workplace Perk?

I would never survive my long commute to work without the benefit of coffee and a great morning radio DJ team. This morning's topic was particularly entertaining.  The radio personalities were taking calls, texts and emails about cool and unusual perks at work. Examples piled up, like take-your-dog-to-work day, free breakfasts every Wednesday, amazing fitness facilities, fridges stocked with snacks and soda, office trips to Cancun, and more. Then, of course the snarky comments came. Extra points for the sarcastic entertainment value. One trucker stated that he gets both AM and FM in his mobile office. 

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U.S. at risk of declining in leadership potential

The United States ranks fifth in the world in talent measurement solutions, according to SHL's Global Leadership study. Data was analyzed from more than a million professionals from SHL's global Talent Analytics database. The report found the U.S. currently ranks in the top five, but that the nation risks a declining position as globalization outpaces leadership identification and development programs, both domestically and internationally.

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Employment metrics show some job markets are thriving

A number of U.S. labor indicators were up in August 2012, despite the Bureau of Labor Statistics seeing extremely dismal hiring. According to a recent report released by the Conference Board, which analyzes eight labor-market indicators, including jobless claims, job openings data from the BLS and industrial production figures from the Federal Reserve, the August employment trends index increased 0.51 percent to 108.59 points. This metric is revised from 108.04 points from earlier reports. The latest index is up 6.2 percent year-over-year.

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Improve the candidate experience with better employment practices

In a recent Boston Globe article, author Scott Kirsner says that, in many ways, buyers of lottery tickets have more information about the game they're playing than job candidates do in today's market. Kirsner goes on to write that lottery players know the odds, how numbers will be chosen and when they can expect to hear the results. For job seekers, the process is quite the opposite. Professionals can fire off resumes to organizations and not hear a thing for months. Even after an interview, the rest of the employment process is a mystery.

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Gen Y workers embraced in Boston

In Boston, employers have discovered their businesses can be successful when they take chances on Generation Y workers. While many hiring managers emphasize the need for experience throughout their recruitment efforts, some professionals would argue a lot of what is required to perform well at any position is learned on the job.

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Job growth in certain business sectors could create new talent shortages

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that only 96,000 new jobs were added in the private sector in August 2012, which was well below what many economists expected. However, the monthly Monster Employment Index for the United States grew approximately 6 percent year-over-year in August 2012. The sectors that led the charge in job growth were agricultural, forestry, fishing and hunting, which were also neck-and-neck with transportation and warehousing. Almost every industry tracked by the Monster Employment Index showed positive annual growth.

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Temp hires could impact U.S. job market in 2012-2013

Employment figures in the United States may show the job market remains slow, but many American business owners plan to employ a different kind of professional in the next 12 months - temporary workers. According to a new Workforce 360 study conducted by Randstad, 20 percent of U.S. companies plan to increase the percentage of their workforce that is temporary or contract-based in the next year.

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With job creation low, hiring managers need to alter their recruitment practices

In August 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the country added 96,000 non-farm jobs in the past month, which is down 25 percent from what was predicted by many economists. Even with the unemployment rate falling from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, few job seekers are optimistic that the economy is growing at a stable rate.

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Tech jobs are on the rise in Dallas

Dallas saw an increase in small business hiring in August 2012, according to a new economic indicator conducted by SurePayroll. Hiring in Dallas rose 0.4 percent in August compared to July, but the average paycheck in the city dipped 0.1 percent month-over-month. Much of the new employment efforts could be a result of growing demand in the tech industry. While many job seekers have heard of Silicon Valley in San Francisco and, to some extent, Silicon Alley in New York City, fewer professionals may realize how many new tech jobs are available in Dallas.

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3 tips to improve the hiring process

In the professional world, hiring managers use talent acquisition resources often to try and narrow down the top prospects, and identify which candidate would make the best fit for an open position. The problem with some of these resources is that they may not consider capability or the drive seen in prospective hires. Therefore, while it's important to implement virtual recruitment solutions to attract top talent, hiring managers need to incorporate personal discussions into the mix as well.

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More jobs mean higher levels of competition for top talent

Recently, ADP released its employment report, which found that the nation added more jobs last month than in the previous five months. According to the data, there were 201,000 private sector jobs created during what is often a slow month. This report is well above the estimates made by economists, who were expecting the metric to be closer to 140,000 new jobs.

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Top talent is out there - do you have the resources to attract it?

An employer brand is a representation of an organization. The type of reputation is often coveted among hiring managers, as a good employer brand can show that a company is a great place to work and attract top talent. However, developing a superior employer brand is much easier said than done. Nevertheless, resources should be put in place to help support the attractive qualities of being an employee at a company, and improve candidate engagement.

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4 Things You Should Know About Mobile Recruiting

A prediction is coming true.  Last December, many forecasted 2012 as the Year of the Mobile Platform. At Montage, that’s certainly been the case as we prepared for our recent introduction
of the world’s first mobile live video interviewing application for Android and iOS (Apple) devices.  However, I’m sure what the experts really had in mind is this: With the increasing power of smartphones and the rise in ownership of tablet devices, mobile has fast become the preferred way to access the Internet. 

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New York City employers continue to invest in a number of job seekers

It's hard to argue that employing top talent has significant financial benefits for businesses. According to a recent infographic created by Taleo, 73 percent of respondents say they see positive returns when they invest the time to develop their employees.  This percentage shows hiring qualified professionals is cost effective and essential for running a successful business.

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Houston's job market is intensifying as 2012 moves forward

In the United States, some would argue the backbone of the nation's economy is small business. While through the economic recession these entrepreneurs struggled to remain afloat, the future looks marginally brighter in some areas of the country. According to SurePayroll, small business hiring increased in Houston in August 2012 compared to the rest of the nation, which saw a slight decline.

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How has new technology affected recruitment in the United States?

In the United States, social recruitment has become standard practice in the workplace. Hiring managers who want to reach a wider talent pool need to advertise job listings on platforms that many professionals use today and social media is an obvious area of importance. Whether listing jobs through social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, or using virtual recruitment solutions like video interviewing, American hiring managers embrace a diverse array of resources when attempting to attract top talent.

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The actual value of recruitment unveiled

If you want to open new doors for your business, you need to remain innovative and inspired. This can happen many ways, but according to CEO and founder of ZestFinance, a Los Angeles-based financial services technology company and Fast Company contributor, Douglas Merrill, building a diverse team of professionals helps companies come up with a wider variety of answers, translating into more winning ideas.

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How virtual recruitment solutions are changing HR

Employment is trending upward as 2012 progresses, but many businesses don't feel their HR departments have the skills or resources to handle the tough task of attracting top talent. In the 15th Annual HR Service Delivery Survey, released by Towers Watson, data revealed that an increasing number of employers plan to change the structure of their HR departments because of workplace pressures.

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Video interviews increase engagement with top talent

While the unemployment rate in the United States remains relatively high at 8.3 percent, certain metro areas have a plethora of job listings and not enough candidates to go around. In some instances, positions aren't filled because qualified candidates are not in abundance - the talent shortage wages war across the nation, from east to west.

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What else can you offer if higher wages are off the table?

As a hiring manager, you might be under the impression that money is what drives top talent toward your company. A nice paycheck and superior benefits can be attractive characteristics of a new job, but those key advantages aren't increasing rapidly nationwide, so you'll need to find another way to improve candidate engagement and encourage top talent to consider joining your business.

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Younger job seekers look to employers for additional benefits

As an employer, the brand that you create to attract top talent needs to speak to the needs of young job seekers as well as more experienced professionals. A recent study by MetLife found that members of the small-business workforce, especially younger workers, were greatly affected by the economic crisis and their personal finances have been hampered significantly. To regain some traction, these workers look to their employers to offer assistance, and additional benefits may be the solution.

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Employee referrals keep your talent pipeline from running dry

Whether you have to fill one position at your company or there are several key openings, the talent shortage will affect your recruitment efforts. As an employer, you likely have tried to develop a talent pipeline - a stable list of candidates that are qualified for your open positions. In some instances, you may be under the impression that these people remain open to a call from you asking if they're interested in coming on board. However, Recruiting Trends contributor Steven Lowisz says most companies don't have the time necessary to initiate, cultivate and maintain these types of relationships, so there needs to be another action plan when the line runs dry.

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Employers to put additional emphasis on recruitment in the next year

Skilled talent is in demand across the nation, but it remains difficult to find professionals who complement already established workforce models. In fact, long-term HR planning is necessary to compete in the modern age, but very few organizations have a workforce strategy in place, according to a new study conducted by ManpowerGroup. The study found that 78 percent of employers struggle to implement workforce strategies or lack programs altogether.

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How can you convey corporate culture through a video interview?

Creating a superior corporate culture can be difficult today because many organizations now feature decentralized workforces. However, developing a friendly workplace atmosphere has never been more important, as talent shortages make it harder to attract stellar job candidates for open roles. Whether a hiring manager speaks with a professional in person or through an online job interview, it's essential that the right impressions are made. Otherwise, it will be hard to convince top talent the company is worth working for.

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Quality employer branding provides top talent with the perks they need

Take too long to develop an employer brand and your valuable workforce may walk out your front door. According to The Saratoga Institute, 88 percent of employees leave their current employers for reasons other than money. In many cases, the right resources weren't provided and employers failed to offer the appropriate level of mentorship. Think you can retain top talent based on money alone? Think again. According to ERE Media, generation X and Y job seekers consider many other factors to be as important as monetary compensation, such as corporate culture, perks, flexibility and office responsibility.

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Instagram skills are in demand across the nation

Technology has the tendency to evolve so quickly that businesses struggle to keep up with emerging trends. This is no more apparent than in the world of social media, as companies understand the need to utilize each new platform, but experts in those programs aren't always in abundance.

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An online job interview and an assessment test help find top talent

Almost every employer has some type of test used to evaluate prospective new hires. The goal of these assessments is to determine whether candidates are capable of stepping into a position and excelling almost immediately. However, hiring managers may not want to solely depend on the outcome of these tests, as a candidate may perform well but still not be an ideal fit for the corporate culture.

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10 Cities That Need Video Interviewing

Public policy think tank The Brookings Institution recently published a study with some attention-grabbing results: The mismatch between worker education and job openings in the U.S. means that cities with higher educational attainment are also cities with the highest share of job openings. 

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Multilingual skills in demand across the globe

Corporate culture in the workplace is as important as the skills your employees have. Similar to a highly recruited sports team, if the pieces can't work together and innovative minds can't find their place in the puzzle, resources and talents won't be used to the best of their ability. For this reason, hiring managers and recruiters need to understand what drives their companies to work efficiently, and then find complementary professionals to add new talents and skills into an already successful mix.

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Some of the best places to live also have high job creation rates

The job market is beginning to look a bit brighter nationwide, but some metro areas have seen higher-than-average employment growth in the past year. Job seekers who want to land key positions at growing companies in some of the nation's best places to live may want to consider recent reports from CNN Money and Wanted Analytics.

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E-commerce job growth puts additional pressure on hiring managers

In certain business sectors, talent shortages create numerous problems and revenue streams can sometimes come to a slow crawl. Many companies prefer to establish talent pipelines, so open positions are filled quickly and resources are conserved. However, growth in some areas may be so rapid that it is nearly impossible to have a lengthy list of available prospective hires.

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Build credibility and knowledge through video interviewing

In recruitment, knowledge is one of the most important aspects of the process. The information accessible to hiring managers needs to be vast, ranging from details about the company they're working for and the top talent they're trying to attract. There is no quicker way for a hiring manager to gain credibility than showing his or her ability to answer the questions of skilled candidates in the recruitment process.

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