Welcome to the New JCSI.net

We’ve created a new website and we hope you’ll spend a few minutes with us.  This is a whole new presentation of JCSI, but to us this is more than just a slick makeover, it represents the social commitment deep in the DNA of JCSI.

JCSI HomepageNew videos of our clients discussing their experiences and hiring successes with JCSI are featured on our homepage tabs and in the new “Success” area of the site.  Here you’ll find a wide variety of case studies and testimonials from clients in a wide variety of industries.

The JCSI corporate blog is now front and center and we hope you’ll join us to discuss the topics and trends shaping the next generation of recruiting. In addition, the right edge of the screen has persistent links to our LinkedIn page and to our conversations on Twitter and Facebook.  In addition, throughout the site you’ll see references to our podcasts and our communities on Flickr, Slideshare and YouTube.

We’ve also added new features to expand our communications with the quality candidates that we work with each day.   Our CareerAssist team is providing career development guidance and insight on their blog and Twitter communities.  If that is too many options, you can follow everything we do over at Friendfeed.com/JCSI.

We are excited about our web communications and we hope you find the information here valuable. Special thanks to Pedro Silva, Caitlin Saint John, Ryanne Conway here are JCSI and Kate and Arik at Untapped for all their hard work getting this launched.


July 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Bright Outlook for the Clean Economy

The new “Clean Energy Economy” report from Pew has some fantastic information for companies looking to tap into the emerging clean economy.   The report defines the clean economy and provides a framework to track investments, job and business creation, and growth over time. This is said to be the the most precise depiction the clean energy economy in this country.

The report find that clean energy jobs grew 9.1% while traditional jobs grew only 3.7% 1998 and 2007. Looking ahead the  that this sector is emerging as a vital component of America’s new economic landscape.

Some of the highlights from the report include:

  • The number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007,
  • ‘The clean energy economy is poised for explosive growth,’ said Lori Grange, interim deputy director of the Pew Center
  • 2008 alone, investors directed $5.9bn into American businesses in the clean energy economy, a figure that represents a 48 percent increase over 2007 investment totals and accounts for 15 per cent of all global venture capital investments.
  • 65% of today’s clean energy economy jobs are in the category of Conservation and Pollution Mitigation, but  80% of venture capital investments in 2008 were in the sectors of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Large and growing. Twelve states have large and growing clean energy economies: Their numbers of jobs in the clean energy economy in 2007 exceeded the national average and have grown by an average of 1 percent annually. These states’ clean energy economies are expanding at a moderate but steady rate, and they have a strong foundation on which to build. These states are California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina,

The free Pew report can be downloaded here. This 62 page document presents the finding of the study and  provides specific job data for each state.  A  complementary website lets you drill down to the data on the state level.

June 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Job Postings Show Big Increase

The Conference Board has reported that online job postings jumped in May. This is the first job opening increase in 6 months and the biggest jump in over two years.  It has been a long time since we’ve seen a chart like this:


In the release, The Conference Board’s senior economist Gad Levanon said:

“The May bounce in labor demand is a very welcome sign. Labor demand typically leads the trend in both employment and unemployment, so positive signals on labor demand are always important.”

The report indicates that job junctions with the biggest increases were in management, admin and technical positions.

Over half of the 250,000 May increase in online advertised vacancies reflected increases in Management (43,600) and Office and Administrative Support Services (41,600) as well as Computer and Mathematical Science (34,800) and Health Practitioners and Technical occupations (20,100). The remaining increases were spread across the wide range of occupational categories.

As reported on ERE.net yesterday, another positive indicator came from ExecuNet’s Recruiter Confidence Index (RCI).  Their confidence index has climbed to its highest level in 11 months.  The survey of 143 executive recruiters found that 57% are confident or very confident that the executive employment market will improve in the next six months.

execunet index

June 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Free Webinar on Developing Your Recruitment Metrics

If you are thinking about ways to improve your reporting and evaluation of your team’s recruitment metrics, you might be interested in joining us for on this new webinar.  On June 17 at 1pm Dan Kilgore, Partner at Riveria Advisors, will present a free webinar workshop with JCSI on “Measuring HR: Developing Your Recruitment Metrics”.

Measurement is one of the most important topics for HR leaders today. Whether you manage recruitment for a small company or a multinational corporation, effective measurement practices enable you to evaluate HR’s impact on business productivity and revenue.  Join us on this free online workshop to learn a proven methodology for incorporating metrics into all aspects and operations of your recruiting function. This interactive session will explore tools and methodologies ranging from measuring recruiter performance, assessing hiring manager and applicant satisfaction, metrics as a dashboard in Service Level Agreements, and of course, measurements for the CEO and CFO.

We’ll discuss key measurement best practices and you’ll leave with a proven model readily customizable for your own business environment.

Reserve Your Place Today

May 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

Join The Discussion – Free Social Media Staffing Webinar

JCSI is hosting a free Social Media Staffing webinar on June 11 at 1pm Eastern.  We’ll be discussing the impact social media is having on corporate staffing and how you can implement these practices  in your organization.

Here is the overview:

Social media has revolutionized marketing and corporate communications, and now it is shaping the next-generation of corporate staffing. Companies are applying social media practices to connect with the best minds in their industry and build relationships with them in their own environments without the excessive fees of agencies and job boards.

As a firm specializing in deep candidate research and cultivation, JCSI is bringing the leading edge social media staffing services to our clients. To help you understand how this can help your business, we’ve developed a new presentation that will discuss the impact social media is having on job candidates and HR departments in every industry. We’ll evaluate the social media platforms and discuss how they can be applied in your organization to build your employment brand and attract higher quality candidates at a lower cost. You’ll also learn the metrics and evaluations you can apply to quantify your business impact.

Social media can help you move as fast as your ideal candidates.

Reserve your place – Register Today

May 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

5 Reasons to Continue Developing Your Candidate Pipeline

JCSI’s Pedro Silva contributed an article today to ERE.net about the importance of building a candidate pipeline.  Despite the economic climate, successful companies focus on their candidate pipeline for the following 5 reasons:

1. Pipeline development is part of their growth strategy

2. They know that long-term hiring success requires a process

3. A developed candidate pipeline removes major competition from the equation

4. Having qualified candidates on hand minimize delays in production

5. A company that is actively recruiting is considered a strong company

Read the full article here.

May 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

More on the Influence of Twitter

There are many studies about the amazing growth of Twitter, but it is more interesting to see how the influence of Twitter is changing business. Here is another anecdote…   PR blogger Todd Defren had problems with his new Netgear router so he called the company’s customer service number for assistance. After waiting on hold for half an hour he was dumped into a voice mail with a message promicing a prompt return call.  You know what happens next – days go by and that return call never came. Todd airs his frustration on Twitter and within minutes he gets a response from Netgear on Twitter and he is given a direct line to a specialist who solves his problem in minutes.

This reminds me of a story from one of the most successful examples of a corporate Twitter initiative.  Here is Frank Eliason from ComcastCares in a Business Week article not long ago:

Thanks to the friendly Twitter network Frank has built up, customers occasionally help one another, as he discovered a few weeks earlier when he mentioned in a Tweet that he had an important family event during the day and would be unavailable. Once the event ended that evening, he logged onto Twitter at home to see which customers in the Twitt-o-sphere needed help that day.

“I found that people who didn’t work for Comcast were responding, saying: ‘Let Frank have his day. Can I help?'” he recalls. “They were saying: ‘Here, try this.’ And it was the most amazing thing. That day I understood the effectiveness of what we do.”

This is a powerful community and one where every company should participate.

May 16, 2009 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

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