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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

April 14, 2010
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If you are still stalking the unemployment numbers, stop! It's over. Hiring is back. Trust me. Okay, don't trust me, trust the data.

Instead, you should be looking for your next hires. The funny thing is, that task hasn't really changed that much in the past few... decades?! Is corporate recruitment really so far behind the curve?

Sure, you can do a lot more recruiting now thanks to things like searching location-specific bios on Twitter using Google, and Googling for local resumes via phone numbers. Smaller companies can even compete with the big guys in hard to reach places like the college campus. And according to one study, it is now common practice, even policy, to research candidates online.

Wait a minute. This is all different than a decade ago. Why? Because you, the recruiter, are expected to do it all! That's right. While there is an argument that the sourcing and recruitment process hasn't changed all that much, what I hear from human resources and recruitment professionals is that their work load has increased because technology makes it possible for them to do so much more.

Don't you dream of the days when great talent would just walk into your office looking for a job? Well, maybe not quite like this.

Bill Conneely,
Director, Job Market

Economy Gains 162,000 Jobs, Unemployment Remains High (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The economy gained 162,000 jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mostly in the temporary help and health services sectors. The total also includes 48,000 workers hired for the U.S. Census, far fewer than expected; the private sector added 123,000 jobs, the most since May 2007.

Will the HIRE Act Help Your Business? (BloggingStocks)
The HIRE Act exempts employers from paying social security tax on new hires' wages if hired between February 3, 2010 and January 1, 2011. But will the legislation save your company boatloads of money? At a $25,000 a year salary, that's a savings of barely $1,500.

Google Syntax for Searching Local Resumes (Recruiter Earth)
If you're looking for passive resumes, here's a Google string that will bring all resumes with phone numbers with a given area code. (More: Search Twitter by location)

Small Companies Can Do College Recruiting Too (
Focus local and small, not on Harvard or Yale. You don't even have to go to campus if you've got a good enough online presence, argues Kevin Wheeler. With new technologies, you can attract talented recent graduates and compete with the big guys.

Why Corporate Recruiting May Be Doomed (
Kevin Wheeler: "HR and recruiting have made little investment in technology and even less in process improvements. A recruiter from 1970 would be very comfortable in most corporate recruiting departments today except for learning to use the computer."

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You (Doctor Grumpy in the House)
Here's a jobseeker taking creativity a little too far: A patient showed up late to her doctor's appointment and then, after the examination, asked for a job. Whaa??

New Research Finds Online Research of Job Candidates Isn't Just Common, It's Policy (Human Resource Executive Online)
A new study found that 75 percent of U.S. recruiters say their companies have formal policies in place requiring hiring personnel to research applicants online. Only 48 percent of UK-based recruiters and 21 percent of German and French recruiters say their companies have similar policies.

Conference Survival Guide: Stress-Free Ways to Score Key Connections (
Coming out of the gate with, "'Hi, I'm Melissa, and I want a job with you" will get this reply: "Well, so does everybody else in the room." Instead, map out a strategy beforehand and follow these tips to make any conference you attend this season a super success.

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, editor,

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