Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A new survey from leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has found that 51 percent of employers – more than half – who researched job candidates on social media found content that caused them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent in 2013 and 34 percent in 2012. Continue reading
According to a report from the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ‘Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence,’ approximately 13 percent of Federal employees – about one in eight – observed or experienced workplace violence between 2008 and 2010. The MSPB report, which was conducted in 2010 and received responses from 42,000 federal employees at 30 agencies, is at: http://www.mspb.gov/netsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumber=759001&version=761840&application=ACROBAT. Continue reading
A study from CareerBuilder of more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide revealed 51 percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired a job applicant with a criminal record. More information about the study conducted by Harris Interactive©, which also looked at what job applicants with criminal records can do to better their chances of getting hired, is available on CareerBuilder.com®, the largest online career site in the U.S., at: http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-3152-Job-Search-Half-of-employers-have-hired-someone-with-a-criminal-record/. Continue reading
An anonymous survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers found it was less difficult to place a job candidate with a non-felony criminal record in a new job than a long term unemployed candidate out of work for more than two years. The survey also revealed “job hopping” by younger candidates – defined as leaving a job within one year of being hired – damaged employment prospects more than unemployment or age. For more information, visit: http://www.bullhornreach.com/content/recruiter-survey-results. For an infographic illustrating the findings, please visit: http://bit.ly/PL1p9E. Continue reading
According to a new survey on the use of social media sites by employers to evaluate job candidates from CareerBuilder®, the largest online career site in the United States, nearly two in five companies – 37 percent – use social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to research job candidates. An InfoGraphic of the survey, which included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the U.S. across industries and company sizes, is available at: http://cb.com/HQUCWt. Continue reading
As part of a series of surveys from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) focusing on the use of social media in the workplace, ‘SHRM Survey Findings: The Use of Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines in Screening Job Candidates’ centered on how organizations use social networking websites and online search engines as a tool for screening potential job candidates. Contrary to popular belief, the SHRM survey found only slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of organizations indicated they used online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to screen job candidates during the hiring process while even fewer organizations (18 percent) used social networking websites like Facebook and LinkedIn for that purpose. Continue reading
More than half of consumers approve of the idea of banning the use of job applicant credit reports by employers for employment screening, according to a recent survey.
A telephone poll survey conducted for Credit.com by GfK Custom Research North America from January 14, 2011 to January 16, 2011 interviewed 1,004 consumers about:
Employers have the right, with your permission, to check your credit report as part of background screening for employment. A number of lawmakers are interested in banning this practice – do you… Continue reading
By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor
A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) revealed that economists are hopeful about economic growth and increased hiring while the number of firms planning to hire workers is at a level not seen in over a decade.
The NABE Industry Survey January 2011 – which includes the views of 84 economists for private companies and trade groups that are NABE members – also found that 42 percent of economists saw hiring by their firms increasing over the next six months compared with only 7 percent who expected to lay off workers, resulting in Net Rising Index, or NRI, of 35, the highest NRI in the 12 years that the question has been asked. The current NRI – the percentage of panelists reporting better outlooks minus the percentage whose outlook is bleaker – is the highest level it has been since 1998.
The NABE survey also found that:
- Employment continues to improve, with 34 percent of firms reporting larger workforces compared to only 13 percent a year ago.
- The number of firms cutting jobs shrank from an average of 13 percent over the past three quarters to 6 percent currently.
- The hiring outlook for the next six months looks more robust with 42 percent of respondents indicated their firms will be increasing employment, up from 39 percent last quarter and 29 percent in January 2010.
As for economic growth, the NABE survey revealed that 62 percent of the economists surveyed expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 2 to 3 percent in 2011 while one in five (20 percent) expected 3 to 4 percent economic growth. Overall, 82 percent expected the economy to grow by 2 to 4 percent in 2011, up from 54 percent in October.
Also, profit margins expanded for a sixth quarter in a row as 38 percent of economists surveyed reported that profits rose at their firm while 18 percent reported declining profitability. The resulting NRI of 20 is the largest spread since 2005. The survey concluded business decisions are “being driven by the fundamentals of an improving economy.”
The NABE Industry Survey was conducted between December 17, 2010 and January 5, 2011. The entire survey, with answers and historical data, is for NABE members only.
With more employment comes the need for more employment screening. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a leading provider of background checks for employers and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.