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January was a bit cooler than expected — and we're not talking about the weather. The latest BLS jobs report, which was released this morning, came in short of expectations following a strong close to 2015.

CareerBuilder recently surveyed 357 U.S. human resources and talent acquisition professionals to get the pulse on the biggest recruitment trends impacting businesses across the country in 2016. We’ve included some of the key findings below (hint: join our upcoming webinar for more insights).

The most common reasons a candidate will decline a job offer include:

There’s a bit of a love-hate relationship between recruiters and hiring managers. The patterns are always played out. I hear recruiters getting frustrated with hiring managers who don’t give them sensible briefs, don’t allot enough time, and offten change their minds. And I hear hiring managers getting fed up with being hassled by recruiters who then send them people that they don’t want to see and who don’t meet their expectations. Not to mention the fact that they ALWAYS take too long.

In between catching up on Kanye West’s rants, stocking up on essentials for #Blizzard2016, and following the crazy tennis match that is the 2016 Presidential Elections – you may have missed a few of the most interesting, thoughtful, or even eye-raising recruiting articles in January.

A job posting can make or break a job seeker’s view of your company, so you've got to make sure you get it right the first time, every time. There are numerous features that go into the creation of a winning job posting. So before you hastily dash off that next one, read up on how to make your job postings stand out from the competition.

Should you keep your job title simple and to the point or be creative with it? Should you keep your job description brief or dive into the details? Should you distinguish between must-have skills and preferred skills?

Most managers understand that, sometimes, unforeseen sh*t happens on the way to work – your child woke up sick, the train is delayed, the Starbucks barista got your order wrong, etc. – and you can’t always make it into the office at 8 a.m. sharp. Hey, it happens. (And, really, who can be expected to function that early without a tall, non-fat, sugar-free vanilla latte with soy milk – NOT almond milk, which you were very specific about?)

There are so many ways to learn and grow in the recruiting industry. Talent acquisition professionals can participate in everything from webcasts to podcasts to MOOCs, and many of those are free.

If you’re a hiring manager in the health care industry, you don’t have to be told that it’s a challenging time to make new hires. You’re faced with a candidate-centric economy and an ongoing skills gap issue, while at the same time you’re busier than ever and often have less resources available to help you do your job.

While certain trends are decidedly “out” for 2016, temporary and contract hiring is most definitely still “in.”

 I run a staffing firm. I say that like I’m introducing myself at an AA meeting.

Hi, my name is Tim, and I run a staffing firm. It's been six days since my last placement.”

Frankly, sometimes, it feels that way.

Running any business is tough. Running a staffing agency is harder than most companies. I’ve been doing this for six years and every single night, as I lie awake in bed, I think of a thousand ways my company, HRU Technical Resources, could fail.


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