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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

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

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Amazon to pay full cost of all college tuition, fees and textbooks for U.S. hourly employees (Read @ NBC News)
The e-commerce giant is following the lead of other large U.S. companies who are dangling perks like education benefits or more pay to woo workers in a tight job market.

The Importance of Job Descriptions and Job Advertising (Read @ Lead with Indeed)
You don’t have to travel far these days to see the “help wanted” signs posted in the windows of businesses large and small. It seems at times that everyone is looking to hire right now, which also means that lots of people are competing against one another for talent.

Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings (Read @ Washington Post)
A mystery sits at the heart of the economic recovery: There are 10 million job openings, yet more than 8.4 million unemployed are still actively looking for work. The job market looks, in some ways, like a boom-time situation.

In the Middle of the Great Resignation, Employers Are Rejecting Millions of Qualified Workers, New Harvard Research Finds (Read @ Inc.)
A scroll through business media or even a stroll through your local downtown is enough to reveal just how desperate companies are to hire right now. “Help Wanted” signs adorn nearly every shop window, and the press is full of stories of companies offering extraordinary perks to attract talent.

5 steps you must take to make new hires feel like a valued part of the organization (Read @ Fast Company)
In the past, a new employee would show up on their first day and get thrown into the mix. They might go through a few organized sit-downs with managers, financial controllers, or a department head to get them up to speed, but for the most part, they would learn by watching.

Can’t offer remote work? Here’s how to attract candidates anyway (Read @ Career Builder)
As if the tight labor market wasn’t frustrating enough, you are now competing with all the employers who have committed to remote work. And with shifting generational trends, like Millennials and Gen Z not lining up to be truckers or TSA workers, you’ll need every tool available to attract and retain talent.

Yesterday’s Advice on Candidate Experience Won’t Fix Today’s High-Volume Hiring Challenges (Read @ ERE)
If traditional recommendations about improving candidate experience worked to address current talent shortages, then you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. It will take a better strategy to achieve high-volume staffing objectives — one that challenges conventional approaches to redefine the very meaning of candidate experience for hourly workers.


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