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Recruiting News Roundup

Happy Friday it’s newsround time! Grab a cup of coffee and get your read on – as we take a look back through some of the important and shareable Recruiting news that came across our newsfeeds this week:

Sometimes We Recruiters Forget that Looking for a Job Is the Hardest Thing (Read @ ERE)
In a post about the homeless a while ago I made a pretty bold statement, even for me, which is rare: “The three most stressful life events according to psychologists are, in order, getting married, buying a home and looking for a job.” I have been on both sides of that coin and I know what sort of horse manure you have to swim through to get a job — any job. It’s a painful and scary process no matter what your pedigree is.

U.S. Added 156,000 Jobs in August; Jobless Rate at 4.4% (Read @ NY Times)
The Labor Department on Friday released the August figures on hiring and unemployment. This is the latest official snapshot of the state of the American economy.

3 Recruiting Strategies to Find the Right Candidates With Security Clearance (Read @ Recruiter.com)
Government security clearances are a notoriously complicated process for HR professionals to navigate. There are multiple clearance categories, and the rules governing each often change during presidential transitions.

Most Recruiters Not Fully Confident in Applicant Screening Methods (Read @ SHRM)
Talent acquisition professionals fear that they are losing out on qualified job candidates by relying on traditional applicant screening methods.

In South Korea, It’s Normal to Ask Job Seekers About Their Weight (Read @ Bloomberg)
When 28-year-old Joo Yerim applied for a job at an art distribution company in Seoul last year, she was required to provide her height and weight on the application. The experience left her angry and frustrated.“That has nothing to do with my ability to work,” said Joo, a university graduate who had interned at similar companies in the U.S.

Are you making this huge LinkedIn mistake? (Read @ New York Post)
You’ve heard about the gender pay gap. But how about the gender resume gap? New data from LinkedIn shows that women are not promoting themselves as much as men on the site. The platform analyzed more than 141 million member profiles in the US and noticed that women have shorter profile summaries, while men “skew their professional brands to highlight more senior-level experience,” sometimes even removing the junior roles from their resume altogether and that on average women share 11 percent fewer skills on their page than male counterparts. More generally, the study found that women are more likely to apply for roles in the administration, marketing and customer service fields, while men aim …

Women’s Equality Day: A Look At Women in The Workplace in 2017 (Read @ LinkedIn Blog)
There has been a lot of discussion about gender diversity in the workplace, more specifically about where gender gaps continue to persist and how we can solve this challenge. Overall, the workforce in the United States sees an equal representation of gender, but data shows there is a disparity in the jobs women are hired for, and the associated compensation.

New California Laws and HR Trends for 2017 and Beyond (Read @ HR Daily Advisor)
Each year, California employers are faced with the task of keeping up with a whole new round of labor laws and regulations, most of them courtesy of the state legislature. This year is no exception, with many changes occurring midyear. Staying up to date and ensuring compliance with these ever-changing state, local, and federal laws is an ongoing and serious responsibility for employers and HR professionals. Fortunately, there is help.

Good News for Employers Seeking Hourly Workers: 24% of Americans Are Looking for a Job (Read @ HR Daily Advisor)
A recent survey has found that although the national unemployment rate is cited at a low 4.4% (June 2017) by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1 in 4 Americans report that they are looking for a job.

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