Candidates Are Negotiating Offers

No surprise here but the Career News is reporting that candidates are negotiating for higher starting salaries in this current market (emphasis mine):  Job candidates are more apt to ask for higher starting salaries this coming year, and companies may have to up the ante to attract them. That’s according to an annual study on employment and compensation trends by Robert Half International (RHI) and CareerBuilder.com titled The (EDGE) Report. Fifty-seven percent of hiring managers polled for the project said it was difficult to find qualified candidates 12 months ago; 91 percent said recruiting is equally or more challenging today. More than half (52 percent) of hiring managers who are… Read More

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Telecommuting – Now More Than A Trend

We’ve been on the telecommuting trend for quite some time this year as it continues to grow.  I think it is safe to say it is more than a trend now.  As we source for sales positions, it is quite apparent that the younger candidates almost always address this issue early in the process.  They want to know what tools are in place and what the office expectations are. We only work in the sales arena so our data may be slightly exaggerated to that end.  Nonetheless, telecommuting is a hot article topic as you can see from CareerJournal.com’s Good News for Professionals Who Want to Work at Home: A… Read More

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The Disarming Casualness Of The Web

We’re in full-fledge sourcing mode here at Select Metrix and I am taking up the task of resume mining.  I am aghast at what I am finding.  A new trend that I have seen before, but not to this level, is writing without capitalization.  I know this is an offshoot of texting.  My dislike of this improper writing format probably reveals my lack of appreciation for text messaging.  I don’t do it – email is fine with me. Online resumes are difficult to manage in that the formatting is often truncated and oddly spaced due to the job board’s coding.  Yet, capitalization is not affected.  I just read through a resume… Read More

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