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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:

Company Is Offering ‘Fur-ternity Leave’ for New Pet Owners (Read @ New York Times)
A Minneapolis marketing company recently made tweaks to its employee benefits this summer, ranging from conventional to unusual. It gave workers a larger commuter stipend, as well as a reason to avoid the office altogether: “fur-ternity leave,” or the ability to work from home for a week to welcome new dogs or cats.

Fewer Americans Uproot Themselves for a New Job (Read @ The Wall Street Journal)
Fewer U.S. workers are moving around the country to seek new job opportunities, as changing family ties and more openings near home make people less willing to uproot their lives for work. About 3.5 million people relocated for a new job last year, according to U.S. census data, a 10% drop from 3.8 million in 2015. The numbers have fluctuated between 2.8 million and 4.5 million since the government started tracking annual job-related relocations in 1999—but have been trending lower overall, even as the U.S. population grew by nearly 20% over that stretch.

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.


Employers Say 64 Is Too Old To Get A Job (Read @ Forbes)
When is someone too old to work and too old to hire? Employers and workers don’t agree, and that’s a problem. With so many people living well into their late 80s, 90s, even 100, many older workers need a job past 65, not just to stay engaged and healthy, but to save more for retirement.

Recruiting Veterans Can Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line — Here’s How to Do It (Read @ Glassdoor for Employers)
What are your company’s biggest goals right now — building out a core product, improving customer service, growing your client base? When looking at employers’ top priorities, it’s rare to find hiring more veterans among them. But when you hear what National Director of Military Affairs at Power Home Remodeling Mike Hansen has to say, you just might change your mind.

Are Job Ads Targeting Young Workers Breaking The Law? (Read @NPR)
After working at a call center for two decades, Linda Bradley’s job came to an end about a year and a half ago. Since her layoff, she has combed online job sites every day looking for work — without much luck.

Verified First Background Screening Services (Read @ Verified First Blog)
When working with new or potential clients, we are often asked about fingerprinting. Usually, the question is, “we already fingerprint, so why do we need to background check?” We have found some hiring managers believe that fingerprinting is the ultimate solution for background screening. While fingerprinting can provide valuable information on a candidate, there are five reasons why it is not a complete screening solution.

WOTC Tax Credits Help Grow the Economy (Read @ 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.

5 Things Your Company Should Do to Prepare for Gen Z (Read @ LinkedIn Talent Blog)
There has been a lot of talk about millennials in the workplace over the past decade. And, it would be easy to assume that the next generation – Generation Z – has similar wants and needs. But you know what they say about assuming…. And as it turns out, the two generations are very different.


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