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Adoption of Social Media for Job Search Soars in Australia



332__608x608_01-154-blue-chrome-rain-social-networking-icons-webtreats-previewIt’s no secret that Australians love social media, but little data exists on the extent of its adoption in finding jobs or enhancing career opportunities. In this year’s Executive Monitor study we further expanded on our earlier investigation on the subject of job seekers’ adoption of social media to find jobs.

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Best Job Boards in Australia



LogoWinnersWe started the Job Board Awards project in December to recognise excellence in online recruitment. 

Given time restrictions, the original plan to have the public (advertisers) vote for their favourite job boards did not materialise fully. In the end, a panel of judges selected winners in five categories.

Finally, we present below, the job boards who stood out (and we think deserves your attention) in the last 12 months.

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Social Talent: Investigating the Role of Social Media in the Recruitment of Talent



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We are embarking on a project to better understand the adoption of social media by the HR and recruitment community. Our approach is two-fold:

1) Social Talent Report: A study to monitor the behaviour, perception and intention of social media users in the context of attraction and recruitment of staff. This is a national survey open to the general public, especially recruiters and HR practitioners. Click here to take the Social Talent survey.

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The Evolving World Of Executive Recruitment



I just received a new report from AESC which offers, true to its title ‘Executive Search in Transition’, an overview of the changing global executive search industry. The report is based on a survey of 200 members of the association. AESC, you may recall, is one of the few professional associations that regularly produce reports on the state of the executive recruitment industry. Often, in their studies the sample size for the Australian market is small. But I think the findings in the latest report has immense relevance to the Australian market. Besides, there aren’t many studies that addresses the perspectives of executive search firms. 

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Introducing the Job Board Awards



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We are introducing the first Job Board Awards to recognise the contribution of job boards in sourcing talent. In particular, we wanted to recognise companies who excelled in the area of online recruitment. 

We will honour the best in the following categories: 
- Best Job Board (Generalist)
- Best Job Board (Niche, Profession) 
- Best Job Board (Niche, Demographic)
- Newcomer of the Year
- Best Talent Database

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Atlassian Innovates Recruitment Process



imageLast month I ran into Joris Luijke at the AHRI conference where we briefly discussed about his new plans to work with recruitment firms. Atlassian revealed their new engagement process last week.

Atlassian, of course, is not new to innovating their HR/recruitment processes. When you are growing at great speed, there is little choice, but to innovate. Trial and error often rules the roost, but a key driving force for Joris is ‘not wasting time’. Running a team of three and servicing offices in three continents is no easy task. It’s easy to see why Atlassian frequently experiment. Standing still is not an option.

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Are Graduates Using Social Media to Find Employment?



The use of social media to find employment is not widespread amongst graduates, according to the latest OneTest report.

Popular social networking sites like Linkedin is primarily a playground for more accomplished professionals to find new opportunities; it’s less useful for a new graduate who’s looking for her first job. So, it’s understandable that a large percentage (40%) do not find social media useful in their job search.

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Outsourcing IT Labour Becoming More Popular



The annual State of the Australian CIO Research reveals two important trends relevant to the IT recruitment community.

Firstly, it appears that IT departments’ love affair with outsourcing continues. The number of CIOs planning to outsource their in-house IT function has increased significantly. When asked the question – are you planning to outsource any significant IT function currently being managed in-house in 2010? A quarter of respondents replied yes, which is an increase from 18% in 2008. There is no change in the number of CIOs who are planning to bring a previously outsourced function in-house.

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CEO Survey: Companies Will Need The Assistance of Recruitment Firms To Grow



The findings from the latest CEO Survey, conducted jointly by Australia Industry Group and Deloitte, bring good news for third-party talent solution providers.

Firstly, three quarters of all businesses are planning to hire new staff in the next two years. The larger the company turnover the more bullish the hiring intentions;  almost 90% with revenue of $200 million intend to hire additional staff (refer chart). Confidence is high in the construction sector with 85.7% of respondents indicating they will hire new staff.

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What do Australian Contractors (IPros) Want?



Monash University & Entity Solutions joined forces to produce the second IPro Index, a survey report investigating the behaviour of contractors in Australia.  IPro, coined by Entity Solutions, is short for ‘Independent Professionals’ (A magnet for Apple’s legal team?) and is used to refer mainly white collar contractors.

With 372 participants the sample size is not particularly large, but the survey served up some interesting questions and results.

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Has Using a Recruitment Firm Lost its Value?



The good folks at IQPC (organisers of the recruitment and retention conference) sent me the results of a survey they conducted at their conference last year. One of the questions attendees were asked was whether recruitment firms still offer value.

The attendees voted. The verdict?

Not unlike the recent hung parliament delivered by a divided electorate, opinion on recruiters is evenly split, with 38% agreeing or strongly agreeing that they add value, and 41.6% disagreeing or strongly disagreeing.

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How difficult is it to find talent in the Digital industry?



Worth $19 billion and employing 289,000 people, the digital industry – which comprise of software, website, animation, video, computer games – contributes 3% of the nation’s GDP. In NSW alone there are 36,192 creative digital businesses operating. Without doubt, given our love affair with anything digital, the industry is growing fast.

A new research by Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) claims that skills shortage is acute in the digital industry and it is fuelling a $2 billion trade deficit. A survey of employers carried out early in the year found a disconnect between graduates and the skills required by employers.

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State of Play: IT Recruitment



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Salary increase in the ICT sector has been at its lowest in seven years mainly due to the effects of the GFC, the latest ACS survey found. Salaries on average grew by 3.3%, with the private sector registering less growth (3%) compared to the public sector which grew by 4.2%.

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Also, check out Peoplebank’s August Salary Index for the latest IT remuneration rates.

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Implications of Employment Tenure Getting Shorter



Every year 18% of the Australian workforce started work with a new employer. New data released by the ABS reconfirmed that we are a nation of job hoppers. Almost one in six or 1,972,300 of the workforce has been with a company/business for less than 12 months.

Here’s how the distribution looks:

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Employment tenure is even lesser with high-income earners. Our survey revealed that executives on average worked for almost eight employers during their lifetime; and the vast majority (25%) have worked for their current employer for less than a year.

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Popularity of Personal Branding And its Implications



Personal branding in its simplest form is the application of marketing principles and tactics to promote an individual as a ‘brand’, with the expectation of gaining visibility, recognition and better career prospects. Since Tom Peters coined the phrase ‘brand you’ in the late nineties, the concept of self-promotion has taken off significantly. Today, it’s hard not to encounter material on personal branding; a Google search alone returned thousands of links on the topic.

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