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7 Brilliant Recruitment News Stories to Kick-Off Your Week - 30th November 2015

In recruitment news this week:

More and More People Searching for Jobs Via Mobile

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A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests that when it comes to finding their next gig, 79% of Americans head online. Another 66% said they relied on friends and family in their most recent job search, with professional and work connections close behind at 63%.

“Online employment resources now rival personal and professional networks as a top source of job information for Americans who are looking for work,” read the research note accompanying Pew’s data. But not only are more job-seekers going online, they’re also going mobile. In fact, 28% of respondents reported use of a smartphone in their job search.

Of those people relying on their mobile device, more than half used it to fill out an actual application. But this method isn’t without its aggravations, according to Pew: “Nearly half of smartphone job seekers have had problems accessing job-related content because it wasn’t displaying properly on their phone or had difficulty reading the text in a job posting because it was not designed for a mobile device.”

In addition to mobile, social media is also an increasingly prevalent tool in job searches. Among those who use these platforms, some 13% reported that information they posted on a social network helped them land a job. Nor is use of social networks necessarily restricted to age. “Younger users are especially active at utilising these platforms for employment-related purposes,” Pew reported, “but many older users are taking advantage of social media when looking for work as well.”

HSBC to utilise name-blind CVs in quest for gender parity

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In a game-changing move for diversity hiring within the banking sector, HSBC will now actively require recruitment firms to send 50/50 name-blind candidate shortlists only.

Antonio Simoes, CEO at HSBC’s UK, said: “It’s completely unacceptable that in 2015, women are still significantly underrepresented at a senior management level across the financial services industry. We are committed to putting that right at HSBC UK. Our aspiration is to achieve gender parity at all levels of the bank and to create a true meritocracy where everyone has the opportunity to develop their career, regardless of their background, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity or beliefs.”

Currently, 54% of HSBC’s 37,000 workforce is female, but only 3 in 10 top jobs are held by women. While they are on target to reach Lord Davies renewed target of 33% female Board representation by 2020, it is hoped there will be an even balance of genders in the majority of senior roles when the bank opens a new office in Birmingham in 2019.

The name-blind CV screenings apply to both junior and senior roles.

Introducing Context Scout

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If there’s one thing we LOVE here at Social Talent HQ, it’s Chrome extensions. Not only are we about to launch our very own Chrome extension (keep your eyes peeled for it!), but we’ve been preaching the importance of their usage in recruitment for some time now. Our favourites include; Prophet, Sidekick and Crystal, and as of today that list also includes Context Scout.

Context Scout is brand spanking new Chrome extension that works with LinkedIn in order to enhance your people search.

What does Context Scout do?:

  • Finds Contact Info
    Context Scout automatically increases your coverage in finding that all-important contact information. Once it’s found the contact information for the person you’re viewing on LinkedIn, it verifies it across multiple sources, saving you time and InMail credits.

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  • Skills and Endorsements Done Right
    Talk about useful! Context Scout automatically validates LinkedIn technical skills by scouting the web for information that backs up what’s on someone’s profile. Yes, the extension automatically searches technical websites, such as Github, and research archives, like IEEE, to bring you all you need to know about a candidate right to their profile.

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  • Expected Salary
    Context Scout automatically enriches a candidate’s work experience with industry and salary information from websites like Glassdoor. This gives you a clearer picture of the candidate’s expectations right from the off.

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And if all that wasn’t enough, the makers of the Chrome extension are planning on introducing several new features in the coming weeks including a tool to analyse people’s Twitter feeds to show you engaged a candidate is in relation to their skills. Genius!!!

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Fancy giving Context Scout a go? Request an invitation for early access here.

Glassdoor’s 2015 Recruiting Metrics: Revealed

In the spirit of open-source recruiting , Glassdoor has released new numbers regarding:

  • the growth of its recruiting team
  • what it spends money on: relocation expenses vs. technology vs. job ads vs. agency costs
  • their sources of hire
  • how they overcome location challenges

Challenge #1: Glassdoor’s recruiting team still needed to grow, and quickly.

“We ended 2014 with a team of seven recruiters. We had to recruit recruiters to recruit – a fun challenge to say the least! Knowing the cadence of hiring needed for 2015, roughly 200 new hires, that recruiting team number needed to jump to 10. And, of course we had to cover for expected attrition too. Today we stand at 10 recruiters, which allowed us to hit (and exceed!) our hiring goals for 2015.”

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Challenge #2: Most of Glassdoor’s hiring had to happen in the first half of the year.

“As a startup that’s growing quickly, we hired over 200 people in 2014 and grew even more in 2015. And, most of the hires for the year needed to happen within the first six months of 2015. In contrast, in 2014, most of the hires happened in the second half of the year, so we had time to build out our team and ramp recruiters.

To do this, we built out our recruiting team in the second half of 2014 so that they were ramped and ready to hire early on in 2015. The key to hiring early on is being as prepared as humanly possible — this will help you jump into the New Year ready to meet all of your hiring goals.”

The graphs below, details how Glassdoor broke down their recruiting programs spend in 2015 between recruiting systems, relocation expenses, job advertising and more, as well as the metrics surrounding their sources of hire:

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Challenge #3: The benefits and challenges of a unique headquarters location.

“Glassdoor sits along a beautiful body of water just north of San Francisco. For many Marin locals or city-dwellers, the commute takes anywhere from five to 20 minutes. However, for would-be tech talent or engineers commuting from the South Bay, it probably isn’t your “dream commute”.


To remedy this situation in 2015, we added vanpools for people commuting from the city or other Bay Area locations to make their commutes easier. We also expanded our hiring in both Mill Valley and London, and announced a new office opening in Dublin, Ireland in early 2016.”

Want the full Excel document detailing all Glassdoor’s recruiting metrics? Their full 2015 Budget Template will allow you to fill in your own data from 2015 to set hiring goals, organise and track budget categories and model potential spending plan efforts for 2016.

10 Jobs That Will See the Biggest Pay Rise in 2016

While the average salary may be expected to rise by 3% in 2016, some workers can anticipate their pay to grow more than others. That is according to Robert Half’s new 2016 Salary Guide. The agency predicts that the average salaries in the UK will increase by 3% in 2016, up from 2015’s 2.6%.

However, some roles are expected to rise between 5.7% and 7.4%. Most of those roles are in technology and finance – sectors suffering from skills shortages.

“The greatest salary increases are a clear indication of where the imbalance between supply and demand is highest.” Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK explained. “This is creating upward pressure on salaries for hard-to-fill roles such as applications developers, compliance experts, and information security managers; who are so essential to organisations operating in today’s fast-evolving yet tightly regulated commercial environment. Employers are having to move quickly to secure the best candidates and are offering other benefits to attract top professionals such as flexible working, annual leave and career breaks.”

The 10 jobs expected to receive the biggest pay rise in the upcoming year are listed below:

1. Mobile Applications Developer

Expected salary increase: +7.4%

Expected salary: £32,500 – £61,500

2. Web Developer

Expected salary increase: +7.3%

Expected salary: £36,500 – £55,000

3. Junior Compliance Associate

Expected salary increase: +6.8%

Expected salary: £22,500 – £36,500

4. Information Security Manager

Expected salary increase: +6.6%

Expected salary: £63,250 – £97,000

5. Operation Risk Manager

Expected salary increase: +5.7%

Expected salary: £53,500 – £90,500

6. Financial Controller

Expected salary increase: +3.9%

Expected salary: £76,500 – £104,500

7. Senior Finance Manager

Expected salary increase: +3.7%

Expected salary: £54,250 – £64,750

8. Financial Business Partner

Expected salary increase: +3.6%

Expected salary: £47,000 – £59,750

9. Regulatory Accountant

Expected salary increase: +3.5%

Expected salary: £55,250 – £78,500

10. Qualified Management/Financial Accountant

Expected salary increase: +3.5%

Expected salary: £44,500 – £59,750

For you tech recruiters out there, Foote Partners also released some salary increase information this week when it comes to IT certifications. According to their data, the following certifications saw median pay premiums increase significantly over the past year:

  • Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (16%)
  • Open Group Master Architect (16%)
  • Program Management Professional (16%)
  • Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist (15%)
  • TOGAF 9 (15%)

Foote Partners, which gathered its data from 2,600 employers, cautions that these salary increases don’t necessarily predict which certifications will be most “in demand” next year; only that there’s a clear need on the part of employers for tech pros who are formally qualified in certain core areas.

Beyond that, it’s fairly easy to see why some of these certificates are so capable of boosting pay. For example, in the wake of several high-profile data breaches, cybersecurity forensic analysts (along with other security experts) are necessary to keep corporate databases safe; now more than ever, security is front-of-mind for executives.

The Selfie Generation are “Afraid” of Writing CVs

Millennials may be accustomed to taking and posting selfies online, but they feel intimidated when it comes to writing about themselves in a CV, according to new research from Lifeskills created by Barclays.

The study revealed that while young people post on social media an average of 8 times a day, they are frightened of promoting themselves professionally.

Of the 1,000 young people between the age of 14-25 surveyed, 60% said that they were intimidated by the prospect of writing a CV. 55% confessed to feeling so shy that they avoided working on the CV altogether. 47% said that the main reason for feeling intimidated was that they felt embarrassed by talking about themselves. While 36% said that they were afraid because they didn’t know how to promote themselves without sounding boastful.

Interestingly however, 43% of the surveyed millennials said that they would rather promote themselves on a social media platform like LinkedIn rather than through a traditional CV. 51% said it was because social media platforms felt less formal, while 30% said it was because it felt more like other social media channels.

Are CVs slowly becoming a thing of the past? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Twitter shame after man sends Xmas wish list instead of CV


It’s every candidate’s worst nightmare – attaching the wrong file to your job application email and sending it to a potential employer. So, you can imagine how one man feels today after he sent a potential employer his Christmas wishlist instead of his CV, only to have that employer tweet to the whole world about the unfortunate mishap!

Adam Clery is the Managing Director at the pop culture online publication WhatCulture, who received the ill-fated attachment. At first he “thought it was a clever trick” and that “‘a job with WhatCulture” would be one of the desired Christmas gifts. But it wasn’t a trick. Just a man who had mistakenly sent the document titled Christmas List 2015 instead of his résumé.

When Clery realised the candidate’s mistake, he (somewhat cruelly) decided to share the hilarious mishap with the world through his Twitter account. He tweeted:

The original tweet has so far received over 1,000 likes. Adding fuel to the fire, Clery revealed what was actually on the list. He tweeted:

Clery continued:

But while several Twitter users were keen to join in poking fun at the unfortunate candidate, others were quick to point out some rather endearing qualities! The user @Kennyf1283 tweeted: “Instead of shrugging and saying ‘I dunno’ when he is asked by relatives, this man has a plan. Organised and strategic. Hire him.” While Journalist Deborah Orr replied: “A man who does his Christmas list in November? Hire him.

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