Abby Lombardi's Blog (13)

"Big Data" Skills Needed in HR Jobs

"Big data" seems to be taking over the business world. Companies are collecting more pieces of information, and being able to manage, analyze, and develop strategies from all the incoming data. How is HR being affected by "big data"? Is this a skill that HR professionals need to develop? I noticed that the number of HR jobs that specify the need for "big data" is up 41% from…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on February 2, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Hiring in Smaller Cities Outpaces Largest Metros

As we approach the end of 2014, I wanted to share with you an interesting trend in hiring demand this year. While many times we think that the competition for talent is in populous areas - like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Silicon Valley - we found that hiring grew significantly more in smaller, less populated areas.

Some of the top metropolitan areas for…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on December 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

5 Ways Recruiters Can Set Expectations with Hiring Managers

I frequently hear from sourcing and recruiting professionals that Hiring Managers don't understand the current labor market, which often leads to frustrations during the recruiting process. At the in-take meeting, it's very important that you paint a clear picture so Hiring Managers understand the challenges you're likely to encounter as you source potential candidates. This way, everyone is on the same page and expectations are managed right from the beginning. Below are some pieces…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on October 15, 2014 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

Hiring Trends for the "Most Valuable Skill of the Future"

Laurence Shatkin, a career information expert, recently correlated income and the occupations to see which skills are likely to be the most valuable in the future. With so much concern over losing jobs to off-shoring, outsourcing, and automation in the US, …

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Added by Abby Lombardi on September 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

10 Hardest Places to Recruit HR Professionals

Currently, there are more than 11,800 employers in the US with open human resources jobs. Based on factors including current talent supply, growing hiring demand, salaries, and general talent market conditions, the Hiring Scale scores HR jobs across the US at a 59, meaning they are likely to be moderately difficult-to-fill. (The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 being the most difficult-to-fill.) Below, are the 10 cities that currently score the highest on the Hiring Scale and are…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on September 10, 2013 at 10:08am — No Comments

Will 3D Printing Affect Recruiting?

News stories continue to surface about how industries, companies, and researchers are harnessing the power of 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, for innovative ideas and products. Princeton University recently created a functional ear that can…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on July 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

"Big Data" Skills Demanded for Human Resources

"Big data" is a hot topic and is reaching all aspects of a business - including in human resources. We wanted to see how many HR jobs ads require experience in data analytics. As it turns out, this is a…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on June 4, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Mobile or Social Skills: Which Is More In-Demand for HR Jobs?

Both mobile and social media skills are growing in demand for HR professionals. We thought it would be interesting to compare these 2 growing talents in the human resources space, their hiring trends, and which is more in-demand in the US. In April, there were just over 119,000 jobs for HR professionals in the US. Approximately, 4,000 jobs required social media skills, representing about 3.4% of HR hiring. In comparison, just over 2,100 HR ads required mobile skills – or about 1.8% of HR…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on May 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Can Hiring for HR Pro's in Canada Bounce Back?

In the beginning of the year, WANTED Analytics reported that the number of job ads for HR professionals in Canada had steeply declined at the end of 2012. This could be a seasonal trend, since historical hiring shows declines in the last quarter of the year for HR jobs. Now that we are one-third of the way through 2013, we looked at more recent rends to see if…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on May 8, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Do You Need A PHR or SPHR to Get a Job in HR?

Over the past 90 days, more than 14,000 jobs ads for human resources professionals specified that candidates would need either a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. This is an 8.5% increase in the number of jobs that specify this certification in their ads. However, this only represents about 7% of…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on April 29, 2013 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Big Hiring in the Big Apple

Each month, the New York City metro area consistently outnumbers all other metros in hiring demand. In March, there were more than 437,000 ads available online in the greater New York area. (Los Angeles was in 2nd place with about 258,000 ads.) This ad volume represents a 1% decline in demand compared to March of 2012. Approximately 89% of available job ads during March were posted by employers, whereas staffing firms and recruiting agencies only accounted for about 11% of ads.…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on April 23, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Hiring Trends for Forbes' Best Cities for College Grads

Now that it's mid-April, many soon-to-be graduating college seniors are feeling the pressure to find a job. Forbes recently released their list of the 10 best cities for college grads. Their list uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and Rent.com to determine the best places for new college grads to be looking for work in 2013. We wanted…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on April 17, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Are You Managing Your Workforce Planning?

Unemployment notched down to 7.6% last month and the number of jobs added to the economy has averaged 169,000 over the past 12 months. If companies are creating jobs, is there more emphasis on managing their workforce and making sure new employees are placed where companies really need them? If companies are focusing more on WFP and WFM, should hiring demand…

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Added by Abby Lombardi on April 16, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments

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