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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday!  Take a look at the latest recruiting news that popped on our newsfeed this week:

Update Your Employment Application to Increase Candidate Response (Read @ iRecruit Blog)
It’s increasingly easy to drive away potential candidates from your career site. A too-long job description, and the longer an employment application is, and the more screener questions, or required questions the more likely someone is to abandon your application altogether. Although iRecruit allows candidates to save their information, which they can later return to to finish an application, the quicker you make it for people to apply, the more likely you are to receive candidates.


Report: What Are the Most Popular Jobs Among Entry-Level Job Seekers? (Read @ Indeed)
The class of 2018 is entering the workforce at an interesting—and exciting—time. Unemployment is at its lowest rate in years, and new technology is disrupting multiple industries. As a result, today’s entry-level job seekers are embarking on careers that in many cases will prove both rewarding and surprising, as new pathways open up and old ones take on different forms. But what do these job seekers want to do right now? Our analytics team looked at the data to determine the most popular searches among people with less than five years’ work experience, as well as associated salary data.

WOTC Tax Credits Help Grow the Economy (Read @ CMS WOTC Blog)
CMS’s resident tax credit expert Brian Kelly recently took to the airwaves in Philadelphia on WWDB-AM Talk 860’s the Philly Business Spotlight Hour to spread the word about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. WOTC is a program that helps disadvantaged US citizens to gain employment, and at the same time it helps businesses to reduce their tax burden by hiring them.

How SMBs Are Hiring in a Low Unemployment Environment (Read @ ZipRecruiter)
In October 2009, the US unemployment rate peaked at 10%. Falling ever since, today it stands at 4%. Among many other things, this means it’s harder for employers to find workers. There just aren’t as many people waiting around looking for jobs right now. How have they responded?

Past Social-Media Posts Upend Hiring (Read @ WSJ)
More companies are scouring job candidates’ online personas for racist and other red-flag comments. That hasn’t kept social-media trails from morphing into hiring minefields.

5 Clever Interview Questions to Uncover Candidates’ Hidden Strengths (Read @ LinkedIn)
Say you’ve narrowed your search down to the top two candidates for a role. You eventually pick the one with slightly more experience—without ever realizing that the other is an incredible strategist who made a huge impact. Unfortunately, they didn’t even know it themselves, so they couldn’t tell you—and the interview failed to reveal it.

You’ve Made a Bad Hire – What Happens Now? (Read @ HR Dive)
Sooner or later, even the most seasoned HR professionals will admit it: they’ve made a bad hire. For some reason, a person will fizzle out on the job, even though his or her stellar credentials promised a perfect fit with your company. Whether this is an entry-level person or a senior executive, the impact of a bad hire on a department or company can be devastating. So what do you do?



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