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Mike Durney

Mike 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 September 30 after a dozen years in the top company job. 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. Its 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 an email 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 email interview with kindergarten and high school dropout (read to the end), and incoming Dice CEO Michael Durney: (more…)

linkedinIn 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…)

ere-falllogo-facebookWhen you see a conference session titled Straight from the Source: What’s Really on the Minds of the New Generations of Top Candidates, well, it’s something you just have to hear.

Add in that fact that it is being led by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler of CareerXroads, two very smart and savvy guys, and you can see why this not only played to a full house but was also a great way to kick off the second full day of the Fall 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo in Chicago.

The charm of this session — and it has been done at ERE conferences before — is that it gets bright, young in-demand job seekers (and some are newly hired) to talk about just what it is that they have experienced as interns and first-time job seekers, and how that plays with people of their generation. (more…)

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…)

Randstad confidence indicesConfidence among U.S. finance and accounting workers spiked nearly 10 points in the second 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…)

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.

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HR Healthcare influence surveyHuman resource professionals who work in healthcare say what they do makes a difference in the quality of care employees provide.

In an online survey completed by 516 healthcare industry professionals, 82% of those working in HR, “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they play “an active role in making sure employees provide person-centered care.”

However, when medical professionals responded to that same question, only one in five felt that way. Though the number of clinical and non-HR staff taking the survey was fewer than 60 respondents, the small percentage who see a role for human resources in patient care suggests a disconnect if not disagreement. (more…)

Change in employment July 2013 adpThe summer of 2013 is turning out to the best in years for the U.S. economy as more jobs have so far been added in June and July than in any of the years since the start of the recession.

With the news this morning from ADP and its data analysis partner Moody’s Analytics that the private sector added 200,000 in July and that June’s hiring was 10,000 better than initially reported, the total new jobs created in the last 60 days is 398,000. (more…)

In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they are up here on this plaque.

Top GunThat line from the 1986 film Top Gun — a film about Navy aviators — sums up the surprising problem besetting the Air Force. It can’t retain its fighter pilots. Increasingly, its pilots are remembered with retirement plaques.

It wasn’t that long ago that 80 percent of the service’s fighter pilots would re-up after their initial 11 year commitment. Today, the percentage is 65. And unless that improves, the Air Force estimates that its current 200 pilot shortage will grow to 700 in the years ahead.

To combat the problem and get more experienced aviators to stay the Air Force announced a lucrative retention program upping the pay for pilots and offering a bonus worth $225,000 for experienced pilots who sign-on for nine more years. (more…)

Bullhorn logoUntil now, Bullhorn’s staffing firm customers who wanted a complete front and back office solution had to work with a third party to get those all-important time and billing services.

Bullhorn eased the pain by partnering with other vendors for back office services, as well as other add-ons to provide other functions such as reporting and analytics, automated telephony, and payroll.

Now, Bullhorn has acquired Easy Software Solutions, maker of timeshEASY, its time and billing partner. The sales price was not disclosed.

Announcing the acquisition today, Bullhorn CEO Art Papas called the deal a “game changer.” “Staffing firms have always wanted both front and back office solutions from a single, trusted provider. Now, Bullhorn can offer a fully integrated, end-to-end solution.” (more…)