Unemployment

Don’t Look Now, But Hiring Just Got Harder

HuntingFishingMemeIn February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the federal unemployment rate had fallen to 5.5% – its lowest level since May 2008. While many argue that this number is deceiving, it’s clear that confidence is returning to the job market.

In fact, a recent survey of over 2,500 Beyond members found that 47% of job seekers are confident that they will find a job in 2015 – a 9% bump from 2014.

They’re right to be confident. If there’s one hiring trend that experts can agree on, it’s that the balance of power has shifted to candidates for the first time in years. As companies ramp up their hiring and new jobs are created, competition for candidates – especially skilled workers – is on the rise. Today’s job seekers realize they have more leverage in the hiring process, and companies will need to take a hard look at their recruitment tactics if they want to stay competitive.

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A New Study from Beyond Reveals How Job Seekers Will Search for Jobs in 2015

Beyond, recently surveyed over 4,000 job seekers across the country to better understand who would be searching for jobs in 2015.

Highlights from the Study Include:

  • Who is searching for jobs
  • What they plan to do to improve their searches
  • How different types of candidates look for work

As an HR Pro or recruiter getting in front of the right candidates at the right time is critical and this [INFOGRAPHIC] can help. It illustrates exactly how candidates feel about searching for work and how they intend to go about it in the coming months. We hope you find it as valuable and interesting as we do.

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National Survey Reveals 75% of HR Professionals View Job Seekers as Unqualified

Beyond.com uncovers potential reasons why so many Americans are not getting hired

Beyond, The Career Network, today announced that there may be a significant disconnect during the hiring process. Following a national survey of nearly 4,000 job seekers and HR professionals, 75% of the HR respondents said they were having trouble filling open positions because too many of the candidates were unqualified. Meanwhile, the same survey found that 55% of job seekers felt they were not getting those open positions because they were competing with too many qualified candidates.

One reason why HR professionals might not think candidates are qualified is because of their resumes. 73% of HR professionals feel that job applicants do a "bad job" of tailoring their resumes to specific positions. In fact, only 28% of candidates said they always customize their resumes for a position, which means the majority of candidates may not be taking advantage of the opportunity to highlight their most relevant experience.

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Top US Cities to Find a Job & Top US Cities to Hire Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]

Beyond.com's Q4 2013 Career Trends Report

Welcome to our latest analysis of the real best places to hire and get hired nationwide. See which metro areas came out on top in Q4 2013.

This Beyond.com employment data report analyzes where the jobs are and where the candidates are compared with Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Civilian Labor Numbers for the same time period.  We've also examined job posting data in relation to the where the candidates are to show what types of jobs employers are recruiting for and what types of jobs candidates are searching for. Download the PDF.

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2013 Named ‘The Year of the Unemployed Worker’

National survey reveals the voice of the job seeker, their confidence levels and what HR professionals say to expect in 2014

Beyond.com, The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally, today announced results from a comprehensive national survey of unemployed Americans to illustrate their experience looking for work in 2013 and determine their confidence for finding employment in the year ahead. HR Professionals were included among those surveyed, answering questions on hiring trends for 2014 and what those out of work should prepare for in the impending job market.

The Beyond.com survey, which included more than 2,300 responses from unemployed in various industries, found that although almost 80% of respondents had applied to jobs multiple times a week in 2013, fewer than 15% of them were able to secure more than 5 interviews for the year and a shocking amount of respondents (33%) said they had none at all. Despite this lack of actual interviews, the applications for employment were steady, with over half of those surveyed (52%) reporting they applied to over 20 jobs in 2013, and 87% saying they planned to apply more frequently in 2014.

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The Top Ten US Cities to Get Hired & The Top Ten US Cities to Make a Hire [Infographic]

Beyond.com's Q3 2013 Career Trends Report

Welcome to our latest analysis of the real best places to hire and get hired nationwide. See which metro areas came out on top in Q3 2013.

This Beyond.com employment data report analyzes where the jobs are and where the candidates are compared with Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Civilian Labor Numbers for the same time period.  We've also examined job posting data in relation to the where the candidates are to show what types of jobs employers are recruiting for and what types of jobs candidates are searching for. Download the PDF.

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The Top US Cities to Get Hired & The Top US Cities to Make a Hire [Infographic]

Beyond.com's Q2 2013 Career Trends Report

Welcome to our latest analysis of the real best places to hire and get hired nationwide. See which metro areas came out on top in Q2 2013.

This Beyond.com employment data report analyzes where the jobs are and where the candidates are compared with Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Civilian Labor Numbers for the same time period.  We've also examined job posting data in relation to the where the candidates are to show what types of jobs employers are recruiting for and what types of jobs candidates are searching for. Download the PDF.

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Beyond.com Survey Uncovers How Veteran HR Professionals Really Feel about Job Seekers from Millennial Generation

Millennials struggle to overcome stereotypes to find employment.

Beyond.com, The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally, announced findings from a national survey conducted among 6,000 job seekers and veteran HR professionals, finding that Millennials (Generation-Y) have a pretty serious image problem.

According to the Beyond.com survey, while over 84% of Millennial job seekers (ageMillennials_snippet 19-26) are optimistic about finding employment, there are substantial differences in how they view themselves and how HR Professionals perceive them in a variety of categories, including: work ethic, leadership skill, and technological expertise, among others. Most strikingly was the issue of loyalty, where only 1% of HR Professionals felt Millennials would remain faithful to their employer over the long-term. By contrast, 82% of Milliennials self-identified as loyal – underlining the chasm that exists between younger job seekers and HR Professionals that tend to be from later generations.


 

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