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Media Jobs Monthly Newsletter

April 10, 2013
Now that we're moving into the second quarter of 2013, it's time to really evaluate your hiring process to find out why you may not be finding the right talent. If you find yourself posting and filling positions again and again (and again), the blame may lie within your organization.

For example, if your CEO takes the Marissa Mayer approach of personally signing off on all new hires, it could cause delays that send good candidates elsewhere. Another reason could be that you're acting too fast, not giving potential colleagues and managers enough time to really get to know applicants.

Or, perhaps it's the hiring manager's fault. Here's a top 10 list of the biggest flubs they've been known to make. When all else fails, you can always go back to basics by revising the questions you ask during the job interview. Ditch the boilerplate strengths/weaknesses Q&A for something deeper that will show the person's true personality. And, while you're at it, take a second look at that job description. Is your copy giving off the right impression or just confusing people?

When it's all said and done, the one indicator that you've hired the best talent could be the person's attitude. A recent report claims that employees who are a little too happy on the job might not be the right candidates after all.

Happy hiring!

Steven Kapsinow
Product Manager

U.S. Economy Adds 88,000 Jobs (BLS)
The report, considered disappointing by many analysts and a "disaster" by The Washington Post, shows the effects of sequestration and higher payroll taxes on the workforce. The 88,000 jobs added weren't even enough to keep up with the growing workforce.

Marissa Mayer's Recruiting Strategy Is Turning Off Candidates (Workforce)
Marissa Mayer has to sign off on all new hires at Yahoo. This inevitably slows down recruiting. But, says Workforce managing editor Rick Bell, that's just the nature of the game.

Why Time to Hire is the Worst Recruiting Metric of Them All (FoT)
Slow isn't necessarily bad. "If you're trying to build a long-term, sustainable business (which I assume we all are trying to do) then does it really matter whether it takes you an 'extra' few weeks to fill a role?"

Top 10 Mistakes Hiring Managers Make (Fordyce Letter)
Don't they just drive you crazy sometimes? These hiring managers who talk too much, show up late to an interview, or forget to call the prospective hire if there's a delay...they're the reason candidates run.

The 12 Best Interview Questions (TLNT)
Ask the candidates to discuss how they'll actually do the work, predict how their job may change as the industry evolves, or discuss how they're best managed. These questions may allow you to break out of the rehearsed answer rut that many candidates have gotten into.

Should We Inform Every Job Applicant of Their Status? (
Try creating a "personalized" form letter. "This may sound unusual, but it can be done." The letter begins as a standard form letter, and then using a mail merge or other tools, inserts a customized sentence that makes the candidate feel valued.

Cutting Commutes, Upping Happiness by Paying Employees to Live Near Work (Fast Company)
Palo Alto-based company Imo gives its employees $500 to live within five miles of the office. All but one or two of the 20 employees have taken the offer, and they've found employees have quicker, more active commutes and a saner work-life balance.

Loafers Enjoy Their Jobs More (MediaJobsDaily)
Low performers experience less stress at work than middle and high performers, despite the fact that you'd assume they'd be stressed out about losing their jobs. No foolin'!

Journalists Explain How to Read Between the Lines of Your Job Postings (Mediabistro)
Your job postings sometimes drive job-seekers crazy. Here's what some experts say you really mean when you write what you write. Agree?

--Compiled by Rachel Kaufman, co-editor,

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