In a blog post at erecommunity.net, Tim Giehll, an author and CEO of both software company Bond eEmpACT and Bond Talent US, pulls together four interesting facts affecting staffing these days.
I'm juggling his order around because the newshound in me requires it, but here they are:
I just saw that the latest comScore report on Web activity showed career services and development were a hot topic as the new year unfolded, with 80.2 million people visiting sites in that category in January and 27.2 million visiting sites in the subcategory job search. It was the third-fastest growing category after tax and travel information.
Despite the poor economy and high unemployment, we still have a job market that gives people-especially well-educated, highly motivated people-a lot of vocational options.
The federal government especially is concerned about retention since the belt-tightening of the recession has lots of folks antsy, if not formally looking for a new job. That's why we're also hearing a lot about getting recognition right for key employees.
Today's workers-even highly skilled and highly educated workers-have to be committed to lifetime learning and training.
That echoes Peter Weddle's post that I wrote about in "Why We Need to Be Like the iPhone Team"-essentially working to stay ahead of our competitors and increasingly high expectations.
I just wrote that security pros seem to recognize they need more training and about three hot disciplines-business analysts, analytics and health informatics- that are crying out for highly skilled workers.
Staffing professionals need to set up camp on LinkedIn and participate in the discussions in order to get in front of and connected to the next professional looking for a new job. Ignore LinkedIn at your peril!
Intuit's Chris Galy told me the same is true for job candidates In this post, personal branding specialist Dan Schawbel predicts that job candidates' online presence will replace the resume within 10 years.
And it's not just LinkedIn. Just Wednesday I popped in on a Facebook chat where Amir Eftekhari, primary engineer for Intuit's SnapTax application, was answering job candidates' questions about what it's like to work there.
As a search engine, that's not news. And in that comScore report, it still ranked Yahoo sites higher than Google sites [YouTube is one] in number of visitors. But YouTube is popular.
Giehll's advice: Start looking for ways to use YouTube to promote your company. And if you're doing any training, be sure to post it there.