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Hiring Decisions Drag On

Hiring Decisions Drag On

As we noted in the last newsletter, the media is reporting that employers have greatly slowed the pace of candidate selection. The New York Times, for example, quoted a U.S. Department of Labor report which found that jobs are now staying open 23 business days or 8 days longer than just four years ago.

To see if employment sites were experiencing the same hiring hold-ups among their customers, the IAEWS conducted a Spot Survey last week. Here are the results:

1. In your experience, are employers now taking longer to fill their open positions than they did before the last recession?

  • Yes: 80%
  • No: 20%
  • 2. If you answered yes to Question 1, how much longer do you estimate they are taking?

  • 1-2 weeks: 14.3%
  • 3-4 weeks: 14.3%
  • 1-2 months: 71.4%
  • 3. If you answered yes to Question 1, what do you think is the single greatest cause for the delay?

  • Uncertainty about the economy: 25%
  • Uncertainty about government policies: 25%
  • Too few qualified candidates: 25%
  • Penny-pinching CFOs: 25%
  • 4. If you answered yes to Question 1, are employers’ hiring delays hurting your business (i.e., cutting revenue and/or profits)?

  • Yes: 85.7%
  • No: 14.3%
  • Thanks to those of you who participated in the survey. Your views help everyone better understand the marketplace, technology trends, and emerging issues and opportunities in our industry.

    Comp Registration to IAEWS Congress

    Thanks to the generous support of IAEWS members, those organizations which are not yet IAEWS members may attend the association’s Spring Congress at no charge.

    The IAEWS event is partnered with the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Expo so will be held the day before that conference, on April 14th, and in the same location, the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

    Here’s a brief look at the Congress agenda:

  • A panel-plenary discussion on Big Data – what is it (really) and why should job boards care? Panelists include senior executives from eQuest and Monster and an SVP of Recruiting from a Fortune 500 company.
  • An exclusive presentation by Cybersleuth Shally Steckerl on what sourcers and recruiters are learning about recruiting online with methods other than job postings.
  • A panel of case studies in the development and application of mobile technology on job boards. Panelists include senior executives from Madgex, RealMatch and Beyond.
  • A keynote presentation on the latest talent acquisition strategies and investment decisions at a major global enterprise by the Director of Global Recruiting at Coca Cola.
  • Plus

  • An update on the 2013 IAEWS Global Benchmarking Survey, sponsored by Madgex (please see below for additional details)
  • A presentation on optimizing the candidate experience by Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads fame
  • And, plenty of time for networking and deal making.
  • To take advantage of this complimentary registration offer, organizations must register not later than March 29, 2013. To register, please call the IAEWS Executive Director, Peter Weddle, at 203-964-1888.

    The IAEWS Benchmark Survey

    Your site will definitely benefit from participating in the Global Benchmark Survey.

    But don’t take our word for it. Listen to what Steven Rothberg, President of, and Andy Hibel, COO of have to say. Click here here to reach the IAEWS home page and scroll down to the video recording.

    So, register now. It’s free, confidential and easy to complete. Click here to reach our registration portal.

    Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind survey. See how your site stacks up vis-à-vis its peers in the industry. Register today.

    The 2013 IAEWS Global Benchmark Survey is sponsored by Madgex.

    Talk to Other Job Board Pros

    Open to all job board owners and operators, the IAEWS Group on is an easy way to present your own views on key industry issues, keep tabs on other job boards and build your personal brand among peers.

    Sign on today and take part in the dialogue. Sure, you’re busy, but a 15 minute investment at the IAEWS LinkedIn Group every couple of days could pay an immense return in new ideas and insights, competitive intelligence, strategic business relationships.

    The New Golden Rules

    IAEWS Executive Director Peter Weddle is out with a new book entitled The New Golden Rules for Job Board Success: Four Principles for Optimizing Operational & Financial Performance in the 21st Century.

    Incorporating research from the IAEWS Global Benchmark Survey, WEDDLE’s Source of Employment Survey and other sources, this book will either challenge your assumptions or confirm your instincts about the business model, marketplace and best practices of employment sites in the post -ecession era.

    But, don’t worry; at 125 pages, it’s a quick read. So, get one for yourself and one for every member of your management team. It’s sure to get you thinking outside the box.

    The book comes off press in three weeks, but you can be among the first to get your copy by ordering now. Call WEDDLE’s at +203-964-1888 today. The book retails for $24.95 and quantity discounts are available.