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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday, and Memorial Day Weekend! Take a look at this week’s must read articles for recruiters, hiring managers and everyone in between:

’Contagious unemployment’ — one theory why companies have difficulty hiring workers (Read @ Market Watch)
Companies are struggling to find recruits, and economists, lawmakers and businesses big and small are wondering why. The latest hypothesis, proposed in a new working paper, is “contagious unemployment.”

Why You Should Invest in Unconventional Talent (Read @ Harvard Business Review)
What do an administrative assistant, exercise physiologist, and music composition major have in common? They are all among our top hires for software developer roles.

Candidate Communications: Should You Be Texting Job Applicants?
Should you incorporate texting into your candidate communications?  98% of text messages are opened and read versus just 20% for emails? AND, according to SMS Comparison‘s 2021 report 95% of text messages are read and responded to within 3 minutes of being received.

‘The final straw’: How the pandemic pushed restaurant workers over the edge (Read @ WashPo)
Jim Conway started working in restaurants in 1982, making $2.13 an hour, plus tips. And though the world has changed significantly in the nearly 40 years since then, his hourly wage has not.

What to Do When Hiring Someone Without an Address (Read @ HR Advisor)
Have you ever hired someone who does not have a physical address? How did you handle the situation? What questions did it raise? How did you answer them?

How to Hire for a Job You Don’t Understand (Read @ Lead with Indeed)
If you work in human resources (HR) or talent acquisition, you’re constantly posting job listings and scouring resumes to find the right candidates. This requires a good understanding of the positions you’re hiring for. But what if you have to hire for a role you’re unfamiliar with?

We Can’t Ask Your Age in This Job Interview, but Please Take This Quiz About Rotary Phones (Read @ The New Yorker)
Per the human-resources department and the federal government, it’s illegal to ask a job candidate their age because it may lead to discrimination. We carefully consider all candidates, no matter the year they were born, when hiring new talent. After all, age is just a number!

Why employers are struggling with their return to office plans (Read @ HR Executive)
According to a new study from employment and labor law firm Littler, employers report several concerns in the transition to a post-pandemic future, but at the top of the list? Addressing differences in their plans and their employees’ preferences about where they will work.


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