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Would You Work a “Gig” in Today’s Shifting Economy?

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[Excerpted from Social Hire]

The gig economy in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent years, with more workers taking on freelance, independent contractor and other non-traditional jobs. Within this new landscape exists a growing number of opportunities with on-demand companies, such as driving for Uber or performing jobs through TaskRabbit. With the freedom to act as your own boss and work flexible hours, you’d think people would be jumping to pursue these non-traditional employment opportunities. Most people, however, continue to prefer the stability of traditional jobs.

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How Embracing The Gig Economy Can Create A Happy Work Environment For Your Employees

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Recently Beyond conducted a survey to understand the booming gig economy. And the gig economy is such a hot topic at the moment that Beyond’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Joe Weinlick was asked to talk to CBS about it. Here’s the conversation.

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SHRM 2016: Recap

So we just got back from the SHRM Annual Conference in Washington, DC and we just want to say, “Thank you!” to everyone that stopped by the Beyond booth. We had a great time in our nation’s capital and can’t wait to see everyone next year in New Orleans.

Until then, let’s recap! Here were the highlights of the show for us.

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SHRM DC 2016

Typically right before the SHRM Annual Conference we put out a blog post about what you should do while you’re at the conference and what attractions you can’t miss out on in the host city, but as we were putting one together for SHRM 2016 in Washington, DC we realized that we’ve been attending the SHRM Annual Conference for the past ten years! Yeah, that’s a lot.

So we started reminiscing about all the swag we’ve given out over the years, the most expensive giveaway, the cities we’ve visited, and the number of HR Pros we’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the years.

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You'll Be Shocked To Hear What Freelance Workers Are Demanding

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recently conducted a survey of more than 5,000 job seekers, which revealed that many are hesitant to pursue the growing number of independent contractor opportunities with on-demand companies, such as driving for Uber or performing jobs through TaskRabbit. The survey found that 68% of respondents indicated that they would not work for an on-demand company or would maybe consider it depending upon their financial situation at the time. The gig economy in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent years, creating more independent contractor opportunities for workers. However, the survey results showed that the lack of legal rights and benefits for on-demand contractors are deterrents for job seekers. 

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Recruiters Turn to Text Campaigns to Acquire Talent

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[Excerpted from recruitingtrends]

As a recruiter, you've tried the job boards and you've purchased some email campaigns, but you're still not getting the volume of response you need to fill those open jobs. Now might be the time to consider adding text messaging as a new platform to complement your existing arsenal of recruitment-advertising channels.

Text messaging is rapidly becoming an integral part of the recruitment process. A growing number of HR departments and recruiters see this means of communicating with potential job candidates as a successful channel for acquiring and onboarding new talent.

Most people spend each day with their smartphone devices within easy reach. A recent TIME Mobility Poll finds 84 percent of respondents couldn't go a single day without their mobile device. It's no surprise that texting has become the preferred communication medium of choice for a large portion of the population. As people are always on the go, texting offers a more immediate means of getting a response than a phone call. In fact, the International Smartphone Mobility Report shows Americans spend about 26 minutes a day texting, compared to only six minutes a day on voice calls.

Texting as a Recruiting Tool

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Recruiters: The Machines Are Coming

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Beyond's VP of Talent Solutions, Joe Stubblebine wrote this insightful article for Strategic HR Review on what's in store for the recruitment industry as more and more talent acquisition tools become automated.

[Excerpted from Strategic HR Review]

Companies spend an estimated $7 billion a year globally in recruitment advertising. It is a huge business, and employers have lots of options when it comes to spending money to attract talent.

Since June 1836, when the French newspaper La Presse began offering paid advertisements, human resources professionals have had the difficult task of making job advertisement purchasing decisions in a vacuum. When print advertising was in full swing, companies would spend tens of thousands of dollars on full-color print advertisements, encouraging prospective employees to mail in a resume for consideration. No metrics, no tracking – advertisements were purchased based on gut instinct.

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Workaholics Wanted: Hiring at Amazon after The New York Times Article

IStock_000057678276_MediumWe all know Amazon for their staggering array of merchandise and impressive ability to deliver urgent – and not-so-urgent – purchases to your door with lightning-quick efficiency. Now, most of us also know them as a slightly scary place to work, if you believe the recent revelations in The New York Times about the highly competitive, incredibly demanding work environment fostered at their Seattle, WA headquarters.

The piece portrays Amazon as a place where long hours are the norm, total commitment is expected, and conflict among colleagues is encouraged if it helps bring out the best ideas. But, there are also stories of brutal performance reviews, unfeeling management practices, and grown men crying at their desks.

Of course, the accuracy of these accounts has been questioned, with Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, staunchly defending the company and culture he has built.

But the story is out there, and it’s hard to imagine that it won’t at least give prospective applicants pause when they’re considering an opportunity with Amazon. With HR pros already reporting that it’s harder to find quality hires than it was six months ago, did it just get more difficult to be a recruiter for Amazon?

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74% of HR Professionals Are Liars: They Claim That They Don’t Research Candidates On Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn

CandidatesOnSocialMedia2_blogI have a friend who is the associate director of a summer camp and each year she and her colleagues need to hire about 150 employees from cooks to counselors to tennis instructors. She and I met for lunch and she voiced her frustration about the not so smart things job seekers do.

“What is wrong with people? Why would I hire you to work with children when your Facebook profile picture is you holding a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and Bacardi in the other?” she said.

She does make an excellent point; this person isn’t applying to work at a bar or on Madison Avenue in the ‘60s, so they should probably lose the booze in their photo. One would think that this is a very OBVIOUS thing to do when conducting a job search and I know that this topic has been covered before on both the hiring and job seeking side of the industry, but clearly this message isn’t resonating.

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Beyond.com Launches SmartMatch Technology to Improve Job Search Experience

The Career Network introduces an algorithm that learns from the user and offers more relevant job openings based on engagement 

Beyond, The Career Network, today announced the launch of a new technology designed to match job seekers to available positions using an algorithm that learns from user habits. Appropriately called “SmartMatch,” this behavioral technology evolves as a person engages with Beyond, learning from their activity and scanning millions of job openings to find other similar positions.

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