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Paula Santonocito's blog

From Recession to Retention

What a tumultuous year it's been. Layoffs, pay cuts, and hiring freezes dominated the news for the first six to nine months of 2009. However, suddenly, the mood appears to be shifting.

A survey from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas finds employers embracing the spirit of giving. A full 64 percent of those surveyed plan to hand out holiday bonus checks this year.

Renewed Interest in HR Systems

As the economy improves, employers will look to improve their HR systems, processes, and organizational structures, according to experts at global consulting firm Watson Wyatt.

In 2010, the emphasis will be on HR technology, and Watson Wyatt identifies several emerging themes for the coming year.

These include scrutinizing vendor relationships and sourcing options; globalizing the HR function; and investing in a consumer-grade experience for workers.

Got Customer Service?

Prediction: 2010 will be the year when customer service comes to the forefront. In fact, it will separate those organizations that survive and thrive from those that continue to struggle.

Why? In 2009, the emphasis was on expense reduction, and accordingly talent management technology product and service providers reduced prices and renegotiated contracts.

College Hiring

A new poll, conducted by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) from November 2 through December 1, shows an increase in the number of employers that plan to hire college grads.

The latest NACE survey finds 28 percent of employers plan to increase their college hiring, compared to approximately 26 percent in the October poll and only 17 percent of employers polled in August.

Global Recovery

While mired in the gloom of the U.S. economy this past year, it's been easy to forget the recession has been global. Many other countries have been hit hard by the credit crunch, declining home values, and issues similar to those facing the U.S. And other countries have suffered job losses.

Even though misery does seem to love company, this information isn't shared for the purpose of commiseration. In a global economy, what happens worldwide impacts the U.S., from the standpoint of future business growth, job opportunities, and overall financial stability.

Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases data on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work. Findings from 2008 were released yesterday.

The good news is that both the rate and the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work in private industry decreased overall. However, in two categories there were increases in comparison to 2007 worth considering.

What's So Smart about Stupid Interview Questions?

One of the many benefits of connecting via social media is that you gain access to information you might otherwise miss.

Thanks to Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads for sharing a blog post that provides a first-hand account of one job seeker's less-than-ideal interview experience with Google.

Pause.

That Was Then, This Is Now

What a difference a year makes.

Last year's Onrec conference, held in September 2008, offered very little insight into what was in store with regard to the economic climate. The event showcased a number of startups (and a few upstarts) that offered innovative products designed to further the goal of adding to staff. Product bells and whistles were inspired, if at times a little less than inspiring.

Tuning In

Onrec Expo 2009, presented in partnership with Kennedy Information, featured a wealth of information, insights, best practices, innovative technologies, and great food besides.

Some of the highlights of the show will be shared in an Online Recruitment Magazine article, as Onrec summarizes the year in online recruitment and focuses on what's ahead for 2010.

New Dice.com Functionality Identifies More Passive Candidates

Dice.com, a leading job board for technology professionals, recently introduced a new functionality that allows recruiters to better target passive candidates.

Dice has split its database between active and passive candidates, essentially creating separate categories of candidates recruiters can search.