- The Ladders turned on the eye tracking for a study of recruiter behavior [PDF]. Turns out recruiters spend an average of just six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether or not a candidate is potentially a good fit for a job. [MSNBC]
- Some employers have gone on record as only wanting people who already have a job — or who at least haven’t been unemployed for long. And some states think it’s time to write laws outlawing the practice. [NPR]
- Some good tips from the Boston Globe’s Job Doc about figuring out what to wear to a job interview — it can be important to mirror the company’s culture, after all.
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- Negative selling—talking down rival companies who might steal away potential talent—has always been something that a few law-firm recruiters engaged in, but how effective can it be? [Above the Law]
- A study finds that the median male worker earned less in 2010 than he would have in 1973, once wages are adjusted for inflation. [NPR]
- “Sometimes you make the mesh so fine, nothing gets through.” Yes, it’s possible to be too picky when hiring. “Don’t take it upon yourself to reject candidates for ridiculous reasons, even if you think it will make you look better. Don’t consider only cookie-cutter candidates with cookie-cutter qualifications.” [HR Reporter]
- CFOs have reason to worry about social media, with pitfalls that include employees oversharing in public forums, the loss of confidential info, and increased exposure should an issue go into litigation. [Big Fat Finance Blog]
- Hewlett-Packard’s CEO, Léo Apotheker, who is likely to be let go after less than a year on the job, was hired without ever having met most of the members of its 12-member board. There’s more in the Wall Street Journal. [NYT]
- Stop micromanaging! It hurts performance. Science says so. [Evil HR Lady]
- Science takes a dim view of multitasking, too.
- “Value is King”: Company “departments” should go away and instead become “value groups,” writes Josh Allan Dykstra.
- “How do I re-enter HR after a career break?” [Personnel Today]
- The New York Times opens up its software lab, a showcase called beta620. [Wired]
- Jen Klein has some tips to help hiring managers unearth those always-tasty “passive candidates.”