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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:

For Untapped Tech Talent, Seek Candidates Without a Degree (Read @ Indeed)
During the pandemic, Kenefra Carter lost her job as a business process manager, and as a single mother of two, she felt pressure to find something else quickly. But she was unsure about her prospects: “I don’t have a degree,” she says. “I built my career from experience.”

The Lowdown on Today’s Hiring Slowdown (Read @ ERE)
A multitude of organizations — from David’s Bridal (9000 positions) to McDonald’s (less than 1,000) to Amazon (27,000) — have been laying people off this year. As such, it’s not surprising that hiring is slowing, as well.

Why Gen X isn’t ready to leave the workforce (Read @ BBC Worklife)
Despite Gen X’s reputation as ‘slackers’, many are deeply tied to work. Unlike some of their millennial counterparts, who are taking career breaks after being laid off, or even leaving full-time positions outright to rest and recharge, this generation is eager to stay in the workforce, bucking these trends.

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Jobs Ads from Hell — and What They Teach Us (Read @ LinkedIn)
Consider them the job ads from hell. They’re job descriptions so full of red flags that they make candidates want to do anything . . . except take the job.

Yes, the labor market is tight. No, child labor is not the solution (Read @ Fast Company)
The pandemic upended America’s workforce, and the labor market is still reeling, with 3 million fewer Americans working today compared to February 2020. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “every state is facing an unprecedented challenge finding workers to fill open jobs.”

75% of workers are job-seeking, despite believing they’ve lost power in the market. Here’s what they’re looking for from prospective employers (Read @ Fortune)
As countries around the globe face varying levels of economic slowdown, business leaders have been attempting to regain some of the power lost to employees during the pandemic and the Great Resignation era.

How Long Do Pre-Employment Background Checks Take? (Read @ Verified First)
Background screening is an essential part of any hiring process. A lot of organizations leave this step for last in a candidate’s journey, making the time between the official offer and onboarding a crucial period in the candidate experience.

Career Pathing 101: What It Is and How to Get Started (Read @ LinkedIn)
Two out of three employees have recently considered leaving their job because there aren’t enough opportunities for skills development, career advancement, or transitioning to different roles or a new career path.

How to Recruit for Hard-to-Fill Blue-Collar Positions (Read @ SHRM)
In a time when more people are going to college and pursuing white-collar jobs after graduation, employers are having difficulty overcoming a shortage of blue-collar workers. From construction to food service to IT customer service, jobs are going unfilled, with no signs of an improving situation this year.


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