Thought For The Day: See the Sourcing Is Dead Debate on RBC

  • A History of HR Standards
    Bookmark this set of articles. It’s the story of the effort to create an integrated standard for HR Systems interoperability. While the project made some headway, few people have a real stake in a positive outcome. The results, predictable.
  • Ignite Your Career
    Microsoft continues to pioneer the use of the web as a vehicle for building relationships with potential hires. Here’s another piece on the subject. This is 21st Century Recruiting.
  • Futureman Tried To Warn Us
  • Working out of a ‘third place’
    • About 30 million Americans, roughly one-fifth of the nation’s workforce, spend significant hours each month working outside of a traditional office. Even the U.S. federal government is pushing to give one-quarter of their workforce the option to occasionally work remotely.
    • The number of these mobile/flexible workers is growing 10% annually because corporations  costs are increasingly supportive of teleworking for various reasons, from cost savings to redundancy in case of a disaster.
    • The rise of the office-less worker has fueled the rise of places like Panera, which has grown to 1,000 locations by catering to them with living room-like surroundings and free wifi.
    • Although the people interviewed had home office setups, many found that working in a cafe or other “third place” at least some of the time kept them from feeling isolated.
  • The CareerXRoads 2009 Sources of Hire Study says:
    • Internal transfers and promotions were 38.8 percent of all the full-time positions a company fills. That’s up from 30 percent the year before.
    • Referrals (employee, alumni, vendor, etc.) make up 27.3 percent of all external hires and is arguably the number one external source. Other sources include company career pages (20 percent) and job boards (12.3 percent).
    • The most visible trend in 2008 is the pressure to reduce hires (and associated costs) attributed to third-party recruiters, newspapers and traditional job boards.
    • In 2009, this year’s respondents are predicting another 15.7 percent drop in hires and not a single firm predicted they would hire more this year than last.
    • Plans for 2009 from respondents include improving social networking connections; reducing agency, job board and print; and increasing referrals.



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