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Michael Durney

Dice Holdings, operator of multiple niche job boards, changes leaders next week, when current CFO Michael Durney takes over as CEO and president.

Chairman, CEO and President Scot Melland steps down Sept. 30 after a dozen years in the top company jobs. He will stay on as a company director.

Both Durney and Melland have overseen the growth of well-known tech career site, Dice.com, into the eponymous public company that today owns niche sites in energy, finance, and healthcare, as well as operating ClearanceJobs.com for jobs requiring security clearances, and tech networking and collaboration site Slashdot and code sharing site SourceForge, among others.

With so much recruiting attention focused on social networking, it’s a challenging time for job boards. LinkedIn has become the darling of the recruiting industry; its stock price soaring to nearly $250 a share, while Monster struggles to keep from falling below $4 a share.

Dice, too, hasn’t been spared the fallout. It’s stock which soared above $18 two years ago, has been trading at less than half that. Yet Durney, who took on operational responsibility for some of Dice’s newest acquisition just over six months ago, is optimistic about the future of the company and job boards generally.

In a Q&A, he credits LinkedIn for helping grow online recruiting budgets, and sees Open Web as a powerful new talent search tool that will be rolling out to much of the Dice family in the coming months.

Here’s our interview with kindergarten and high school dropout (read to the end), and incoming Dice CEO Michael Durney: (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

LinkedIn_logoIn a blog post Saturday, LinkedIn denied charges in a federal lawsuit that it hacked into users email accounts collecting addresses of their contacts in order to send them marketing messages.

“Quite simply, this is not true,” writes Blake Lawit, senior director, litigation at LinkedIn.

He was responding to a class action suit filed last week that alleges LinkedIn accessed users’ Gmail, Yahoo, and other email accounts by pretending to be the account owner.  On its website, the  Los Angeles firm of Russ August & Kabat says, “The class action lawsuit charges LinkedIn with violations of federal and state law,” and solicits others to “Tell us your story.”

In the lawsuit, the firm cites numerous examples of posts on LinkedIn’s community site complaining about LinkedIn sending invitations to their contacts without their permission or knowledge. Typical of the cited complaints in the lawsuit is this one, posted in March to LinkedIn’s Help Center: (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

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A rapidly changing legal landscape is making the application, interview and screening processes increasingly complicated – and potentially dangerous for employers, which includes staffing firms and may also include recruiters working on a client search.

Here are the top five legal hazards in hiring and background screening that turned up during the first half of 2013:

1. EEOC Guidance and the Use of Criminal Records

The EEOC is aggressively pursuing and investigating suspected cases of disparate impact involving criminal backgrounds. (more…)

About the author: Angela Preston is vice president of compliance and general counsel, for EmployeeScreenIQ.

EmployeeScreenIQ helps employers make smart hiring decisions.The company achieves this through a comprehensive suite of employment background screening services including the industry’s most thorough and accurate criminal background checks, resume verification services and substance abuse screening. EmployeeScreenIQ is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction earned by less than two percent of all employment screening companies. For more information, visit EmployeeScreen.com.

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Note by Peter Cotton: Alan Schonberg, chairman emeritus of MRINetwork, is battling stage four lung cancer. He is undergoing an intensive regimen of radiation and chemo therapy, with the usual resulting side effect of debilitating fatigue. The cancer has also affected his vocal chords, causing him to have a voice that is barely a whisper. If you wish to express your wishes, please understand that he cannot take phone calls.  Cards or letters are welcomed at Alan Schonberg, 25157 Letchworth Road, Beachwood, OH  44122.  Sending Alan an email will certainly make him feel good, but please understand that you should not expect an answer.  His email address is aschonberg@roadrunner.com 

For more than one-half of my life, there has been one person who has been a very significant, steady, positive influence on me. When I first met him in Cleveland, I was a sales manager for GAF supervising a mid-western territory. He was the president of Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI), but I didn’t know that at the time. Nor did I know that MRI was the parent company to Sales Consultants, a recruiting firm I had worked with to fill open sales positions in my district.

When I met this man, he asked many questions about me and my plans for my future. It was a sort of interview in a way, but I didn’t realize that either. (more…)

About the author: Peter C. Cotton is president of Best Sales Talent, Inc. specializing in the search, recruitment and placement of sales, sales management and marketing talent. Peter writes a blog for his website. You can follow him on Twitter @pcotton

SmartRecruiters new“The ATS has to die,” says the man who built a business and made a name on that earliest technological breakthrough for recruiters, the applicant tracking system.

What’s especially ironic is that it’s on the strength of the market’s acceptance of SmartRecruiters, his free ATS, and his vision for how to evolve it, that Rembrandt Venture Partners and others are giving Jerome Ternynck $10 million.

The B series funding was announced today and follows a $5.5 million A round just a bit more than 18 months earlier. (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Randstad confidence indicesConfidence among U.S. finance and accounting workers spiked nearly 10 points in the 2nd quarter to 63.1, the highest since 2007, according to Randstad’s Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index.

Another Randstad index showed engineers, too, are more confident about the future, and, of all the groups regularly surveyed by the global HR firm, engineers are the most confidant about their ability to find another job if they choose.

Randstad, a staffing, search, and HR services firm, quarterly surveys workers in engineering, accounting and finance, and healthcare to assess their sense of  economic well-being, and their perception of  job trends in their field. The surveys provide a snapshot of their confidence about the future. Because of how the surveys are conducted, and the sample size, the results are more suggestive than conclusive, but they do suggest how confidence is trending. (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Wanted Job posting timeBased entirely on how long a job stays online, truck drivers and nurses are the toughest jobs in the nation to fill.

The latter is not much of a surprise. Newspapers, blogs and healthcare networks are full of reports about how tough it is to to fill nursing jobs, particularly in such specialties as surgical, critical care, and emergency.

However, the difficulty in hiring truck drivers has gotten far less publicity even as recruiting experienced drivers has become tougher. Wanted Analytics says the average time online for a truck driver job is 55 days. That’s up 20% since March, when Wanted reported the average posting period was about 6.5 weeks.

It’s not at all unusual to see trucking companies offering signing bonuses and enticing trucking couples with promises to keep them together on driving assignments. Help  wanted notices are as common on the back of tractor trailers as are the “How am I driving?” surveys.

In March, Wanted said there were 142,000 driver jobs online in the New York Metro area alone.

Wanted’s most recent analysis lists the average length of time a posting remains online for the most in-demand jobs in the nation. These are the most frequently posted job openings as determined by Wanted’s compilation of listings from tens of thousands of corporate sites, job boards, and listing services in the U.S

As might be expected, software developers made the list, as did web developers. But placing ahead of both in the length of time a listing remains online are jobs for retail workers and supervisors. Marketing managers are also becoming increasingly harder to find as business picks up.

In another expected finding, ads for first line supervisors of office and administrative workers — office managers, for example — stay online on avaerage of a day longer than those for web developers.

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

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Direct tech hiring may be a little soft today, but staffing firms are powering the recruiting market, looking to fill orders for temp and project workers that employers need, but are hesitant to bring on permanently.

“Staffing firms in the technology space are definitely very active today,” said Scot Melland, chairman, CEO and president of Dice Holdings, “and they’re seeing their businesses do pretty well.”

Speaking to financial analysts during a Q1 conference call this morning, Melland said, “Companies are still leaning towards outsourcing talents to contractors, as well as staffing firms, rather than hiring full time.” (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

Palmer forecast q2 2013U.S. employers may be hesitant to hire permanent, full-timers, but they’re bringing on temporary and contract labor faster than they have in months.

The Palmer Forecast says demand for temporary workers will grow at a rate 5.9% faster this quarter than in the same period last year. And that follows a first quarter growth rate that was 6% ahead of 2012.

“Our forecast for the 2013 second quarter follows recent trends showing growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers,” says Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of industry  consultant G. Palmer & Associates. It’s the 14th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in hiring for temporary workers, he added. (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.

The U.S. employment picture is looking decidedly brighter at the end of 2012 than it did a year ago. For its final report of the year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate dropped in 45 states in November; nowhere did it rise. (more…)

About the author: John has been writing about recruiting and employment for nearly a decade,and has worked in the field for almost twice as long. He traces his connection to the employment industry back to the beginning of the commercial Internet when he managed some of the earliest news oriented websites. These offered job boards, which became highly popular with users. John worked with agencies and large employers on job postings, resume search, and campaigns, before consulting with media companies on audience development and online advertising sales.