WEDNESDAY WORKFACT: What Do 7 Billion People Do?


TIP TUESDAY: Year-End Facts About Resumes & Recruiting


200 million: Number of people who are inactive in the workforce or part time who could work additional hours through freelance platforms. (Source:  com)

38% of those surveyed consider employer branding to be one of the three most essential and long-lasting trends in recruiting for professional roles in 2016. (Source: com)

A weak employer brand can cost you job applicants: About 11 percent of job seekers said they would decline a job offer from an employer with a bad reputation–even if they were unemployed. (Source: Glassdoor)

28% consider finding better ways to source passive candidates as one of the three most essential and long-lasting trends in recruiting for professional roles in 2016.


Millennials make up 45% of the workforce, making them the highest represented generation (Source:  com)

Nearly half (47 percent) said unfilled positions are staying open longer due to unmatched salary requirements. (Source: DHI)

A majority of hiring managers (56 percent) predict unmet salary requirements means higher salaries for new hires in 2016. (Source: DHI)


When evaluating employers, there are 3 things that matter most to Millennials:

  1. growth opportunities
  2. retirement benefits
  3. work culture. (Source: Glassdoor)

THROWBACK THURSDAY: How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

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In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular.

But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became ‘Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Man Christmas,’ an old character from stories plays during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. In France, he was then known as ‘Père Nöel’.

In some countries including parts of Austria and Germany, the present giver became the ‘Christkind’ a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus.

In the early USA his name was ‘Kris Kringle’ (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus’!

Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on 6th December. In Holland and some other European Countries, children leave clogs or shoes out on the 5th December (St. Nicholas Eve) to be filled with presents. They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas’s horse, they will be left some sweets.

St. Nicholas became popular again in the Victorian era when writers, poets and artists rediscovered the old stories.visit

In 1823 the famous poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ or ‘T’was the Night before Christmas’, was published. Dr Clement Clarke Moore later claimed that he had written it for his children. (Some scholars now believe that it was actually written by Henry Livingston, Jr., who was a distant relative of Dr Moore’s wife.) The poem describes St. Nicholas with eight reindeer and gives them their names. They became really well known in the song ‘Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer’, written in 1949. Do you know all eight names?

Did you know that Rudolph might actually be a girl!? Only female reindeer keep their antlers throughout winter. By Christmas time most males have discarded their antlers and are saving their energy ready to grow a new pair in the spring.

The UK Father Christmas and the American Santa Claus became more and more alike over the years and are now one and the same.

Some people say that Santa lives at the North Pole. In Finland, they say that he lives in the north part of their country called Lapland.

But everyone agrees that he travels through the sky on a sled that is pulled by reindeer, that he comes into houses down the chimney at night and places presents for the children in socks or bags by their beds, in front of the family Christmas tree, or by the fire place=open-toys

Most children receive their presents on Christmas Eve night or early Christmas morning, but in some countries they get their presents on St. Nicholas’ Eve, December 5th.

St. Nicholas putting the bag of gold into a stocking is probably where the custom of having a tangerine or satsuma at the bottom of your Christmas stocking came from. If people couldn’t afford gold, some golden fruit was a good replacement – and until the last 50 years these were quite unusual fruits and so still special!

The biggest Christmas stocking was 51m 35cm (168ft 5.65in) long and 21m 63cm (70ft 11.57in) wide (from the heel to the toe). It was made the volunteer emergency services organisation Pubblica Assistenza Carrara e Sezioni (Italy) in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, on 5th January 2011. Just think how many presents you could fit in that!

WEDNESDAY WORKFACT: Five Facts About Resumes, Interviewing & Hiring

A single mistake in your resume will prevent you from moving forward. 61% of recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typos; 43% of hiring managers will disqualify applicants because of their spelling mistakes

53%. The percent of resumes and job applications that contain falsifications.  (Source: Statistic Brain)

70% of College Students surveyed who would lie on a resume to get a job they wanted. (Source: Statistic Brain)

The average “bad hire” that leaves a company within six months costs the company approximately $40,000 in severance pay, training, wasted human resource time, possible search firm fees, loss of productivity and impact on employee morale. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

While the average length of an interview is 40 minutes, 33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within the first 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate. Some of the reasons for this included:

  1. 70% indicated applicants were too fashionable or trendy.
  2. 67% indicated failure to make eye contact.
  3. 47% of applicants who had little or no knowledge of the company
  4. 33% for bad posture.


TIP TUESDAY: Is a Cover Letter Still Necessary for Job Applicants?

by Susana Machado, Linkedin editor

I’ve filled out my fair share of online applications, and I’m beginning to notice that some companies have stopped requiring an established application staple: The cover letter.

I first noticed this when applying to Google (aim high!). Their application indicates that submitting a cover letter is optional. The reasoning they give is that your resume will speak for itself.

When I first read the statement, I thought it a bit too idealistic. There are a lot of qualified applicants who don’t necessarily have stellar resumes. However, I’m starting to think this might actually be beneficial to recruiters and applicants alike.

If a company receives two resumes detailing similar skills and experience, and is not accepting cover letters, this means the only way to distinguish the candidates is through an interview.

An interview isn’t just a chance for a candidate to elaborate on their resume, but it’s a chance for them to exhibit their interpersonal skills. For the recruiter or hiring manager, it’s much easier to evaluate whether a person will fit in at a company when you meet them in person.

But why is that? We have all kinds of technology now that allows us to easily communicate, so why is in-person communication so important?

As silly as it sounds, I found the answer to this in a podcast about online dating in which the host interviews Steve Carter, VP of eHarmony. Carter says in computer mediated communication, people can be much pickier than they would be if they met that person in the real world. According to Carter, it’s rare for people to get past a superficial view of others online, but speaking with someone offline allows one to engage with their values and personality in a way they wouldn’t before.

When I heard this podcast for the first time, I was a little shocked by how similar online dating seemed to be to the current application culture–that’s an entirely different article to be written, if it hasn’t been already. When you’re only a profile or a resume, it can be easy to judge harshly, but there are some skills that just don’t translate from life to paper.

I don’t pretend to know what goes on in the minds of Google’s human resources team. It’s entirely possible they scrapped cover letters from the application because it was too time-consuming to read or too similar to a candidate’s resume. However, I’d like to think this is a step toward a more holistic review of candidates, and that companies are valuing interpersonal communication skills at least as much as the ability to communicate through formal writing.

What’s your opinion? Does your company require cover letters from job applicants? Why do you think companies have stopped requiring cover letters? Share your thoughts in the comments section.