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There’s a bigger, broader aspect to human resources then just being the gatekeeper to your employment at a company. As one of the first people you are introduced to at a company during the hiring process, HR executives are usually responsible for looking over your resume and conducting an introductory interview.
But the HR department holds more power and responsibility than that. Behind the scenes, HR is filling a role that’s key to running the business in many different areas of the company. Here are some of the roles that HR plays that you might not be aware of.
Things are in hyperdrive over at Snapchat. It has been reported that the self-destructing messaging app is aggressively recruiting sales people from Stanford as well as USC for the impending debut of a monetization plan, reports TechCrunch. All this while it is raising $100 million and has a valuation as high as $1 billion according to some. “We’ve also heard the company may be in talks with its $13.5 million Series A round leader Benchmark Capital about joining the Series B. We’ve also heard that this round has already closed, but can’t confirm that yet,” reports TechCrunch. So salaries could be decent? The company is looking hire additional sales talent.
The valuation may be high according to come observers, but the app is rapidly growing in popularity. Snapchat has attracted young people (high school and college age) in particular. In fact, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report found that Snapchat has surpassed Instagram in volume of photos shared. But as the app is now being used by other age groups, the use has spiked. Users now send 150 million images per day.
Snapchat users can privately send photo after photo while continuing to carry on multiple conversations with friends. “These photos (and videos) delete themselves less than 10-seconds after being viewed, encouraging users to create and send more ‘Snaps’” explains TechCrunch.
Due to the usage boost, Stanford-schooled co-founders of the Los Angeles-based startup have been recruiting at their alma mater, and the University Of Southern California, reports TechCrunch. Right now the staff is just 12, but the company is moving to a larger office soon.
But before the company does a huge sales push, they might have to deal with an issue. It was discovered that expired photos can actually be recovered. According to Digital Trends, an investigation by Decipher Forensics found that metadata from your expired Snapchats is still on your Android. You’ll need certain tools to pull these pictures back. Conveniently, Decipher Forensics has those tools — for a price. “As a digital forensics firm, we offer for anyone wanting to retrieve their Snapchats for an affordable price of $300-$600. Parents and law enforcement can mail us phones, and we will extract the Snapchat data, and send the phone and data back in a readable format,” researcher Richard Hickman told Digital Trends.
And given the young age of some Snapchat users, it’s disturbing that there are pages where nude Snapchats are being posted. Parents and young people: Be careful out there. The worldwide Web is like the Wild West sometimes.
An infographic created by recruiting software company Bullhorn illustrates what you probably knew to be true: nearly every recruiter is doing an online background check during the hiring process.
According to their numbers 98 percent of recruiters are using social media to find new hires. Nearly a fifth (17 percent) say Facebook is the place for quality employees, but 38 percent say they’ll be looking at Twitter a little more closely this year. So be careful with what you tweet. Thirty-seven percent said they’ll be using Facebook even more. Nearly all — 97 percent — said they used LinkedIn.
The company also says that salaries for executives at the VP, director, and manager level have, unsurprisingly increased while those for sales positions, recruiters, and account managers have gone down.
Finally, Bullhorn reports that recruiters say they’re having issues finding candidates with the necessary skills and talents. So if you’re not constantly learning, adding to your skill set, or increasing your expertise, you’re going to have big troubles standing out and getting that next big position.
Below is a small portion of the infographic. You can view it in its entirety on AllTwitter.
Looking for a job like the 12.1 million other Americans who are unemployed? Using data from job search engine Simply Hired, Forbes has compiled a list of the companies that are currently hiring the most. So dust off that resume and go for it. Here are the top five places, ranked by the most job openings.
1) AT&T: 35,479 job openings. The telecommunications giant is looking to fill retail positions, sales spots, and management jobs, among others.
2) Family Dollar Stores: 23,769 listings. The price-point retail chain is looking for store managers, customer service representatives, human resources coordinators, and more.
3) Toys “R” Us: 17,073 new slots. Like the other retailers, Toys “R” Us is bringing on thousands of part-time seasonal workers right now.
4) Kindred Healthcare: 14,233 job openings. All are full-time positions.
5) Best Buy: 13,979 postings. About half of these openings are for part-time, seasonal, contract or temporary positions.
Using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren’t convicted of a crime has cost Pepsi Co. $3.1 million in a settlement after federal charges of race discrimination were brought against the soda giant.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pepsi’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants. The policy barred applicants who had been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, and denied employment to others who were convicted of minor offenses. The EEOC says using arrest and conviction records to deny employment can be illegal if it’s irrelevant for the job.
Pepsi Beverage spokesman Dave DeCecco said the company’s criminal background check policy has always been neutral and that the EEOC did not find any intentional discrimination. After the issue was first raised in 2006, he said the company worked with the EEOC to revise its background check process “to create a workplace that is as diverse and inclusive as possible.”
The new policy is said to take a more “individualized approach” in considering applicants’ criminal history against the particular job being sought. Pepsi will also provide the EEOC with regular reports on its hiring practices and offer antidiscrimination training to its hiring personnel and managers.
EEOC may soon be cracking down on other companies as part of its national effort to correct hiring policies that disproportionately discriminate against black and Latino applicants, according to Julie Schmid, acting director of the EEOC’s Minnesota office
“We hope that employers with unnecessarily broad criminal background check policies take note of this agreement and reassess their policies to ensure compliance” with anti-discrimination laws.”
Do you think Pepsi’s policy was wrong? Should companies use arrest records to exclude applicants?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Wall Street Journal) — Need entry-level talent? Be prepared to pay a little more this year than you did last. The average salary offer for bachelor’s degree graduates rose 6% in 2011 to $51,171, according to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Some newly minted degree holders, however, will cost even more. Chemical-engineering graduates saw their average salary offer increase 1.8% to $66,058, while offers for grads with computer-related degrees jumped 9.6% to $63,760, NACE reports. Computer-engineering grads gained 4.1%, bringing their average to $62,849. The priciest recruits? Petroleum-engineering grads are now receiving offers averaging $82,740, or 7.1% more than last year, making these folks the highest-paid majors in the survey.
(Wall Street Journal) — My best employee of all time was nicknamed Shaq. While his genetic gifts would have never landed him a spot on the New Jersey Nets, he worked for my company as a computer forensic examiner. When I hired him, Shaq was barely qualified to use a computer, let alone conduct detailed forensic examinations on hard drives that later had to stand up in court and pass the rigors of cross examination. So why did I take him on? I hired Shaq because during his interview he clearly demonstrated that he was intelligent, had a lot of energy and seemed to come out on the “glass half full” side of things during stressful situations. Because of these qualities, within three months of joining my company he was out in the field, conducting examinations on his own. Shaq had absorbed the training so fast that within a year of his hire he was testifying in court and handling our most complicated cases.
(Inc.) — With unemployment at 9 percent and 2012 looking bleak, many job seekers find themselves adrift in a modern version of the preindustrial piecework economy. E-lancers, freelancers, and assorted contract laborers are taking on discrete assignments that would once have been handled by full-time employees. Recognizing that financial crisis or no, people still need things done, entrepreneurs are brokering tasks for the un- and underemployed. Amazon was in this space early with Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourced market in which programmers bid out simple tasks that humans do better than computers, like identifying objects in pictures. Although the opportunities advertised on SkillSlate, which bills itself as a local-service auction site, are more substantial, most are not the stuff of which careers are made.
(Christian Science Monitor) — Nearly a year after she lost her job at an IT help desk, Michelle Chesney-Offutt got a call from a job recruiter. “They were very excited about getting me up for an interview,” she recalls. But at the end of the chat, the recruiter noticed she’d been out of work for more than six months. The firm would not consider hiring anyone who had been out of work that long. ”I was in shock, because that makes no sense,” says the Sandwich, Ill., resident. “I can understand why in times past that would be a good indication of a person’s work ethic, but in the current situation” it’s not. Still out of work two years later, Ms. Chesney-Offutt’s situation represents the economy’s Catch-22 for the unemployed: The longer they’re out of work, the harder it is to find a job. Now, some employers have added a twist: They won’t even consider hiring someone who doesn’t hold a job. As GOP presidential candidates trade jabs about who has created more jobs and President Obama prepares to unveil his new jobs plan, this discrimination threatens to make it harder for the unemployed – even those who have been out of work for only a few weeks – to get their careers back on track.
(Entrepreneur) — “If a CEO looks at his function as [finding the employees] to achieve business goals, spending a significant amount of time hiring the very best people for key positions is a great way to run abusiness,” says Reese, who spends as much time searching for–and getting to know–potential interns and recent grads as he does looking for industry leaders. “Great things come out of a culture that combines experience with youth and enthusiasm,” he says, citing Bill Gates, who hired a similar mix of “kids” and “veterans” in the early days of Microsoft, as an example…Jared Hecht, co-founder and CEO of New York City-based GroupMe, says a company’s core idea is one of its most valuable assets for recruiting–and retaining–talent. It doesn’t matter how many great people you hire if you can’t keep their attention, he says. Launched in July 2010, Hecht’s mobile group-texting and conference-calling service has raised more than $11 million from investors, has partnerships with Bon Jovi and MTV and sends more than 100 million messages a month.