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With more than 70% of the U.S. labor force on the job market, it’s important for employers and recruiters to know exactly where to find the top talent. A recent Jobvite study looks into the new job marketplace and helps recruiters map out a plan to land the best candidates.

The job market is teeming with prospects. Jobvite’s study found that 71% of the American workforce is on the market; this includes both the employed and unemployed who are actively seeking new work, and those passive seekers who are employed but are open to a new job. Digging deeper, the study found that 51% of employed workers are either actively seeking or are open to new jobs. The most active demographics in their job searches are the 18-29 and 40-54 age groups, which each make up 30% of the job market.

Looking into employee turnover, Jobvite found that about 33% of workers change jobs at least every 5 years, while 18% change every 6 to 10 years. The remainder, about 47%, plan to stay at their current jobs for more than 10 years.

Social Job Seekers

Jobvite’s study found that the best source for recruiters to find talent is probably the most old-fashioned: referrals. Broken down further, the top recruiting sources for finding good candidates are:

>>Referrals (64% say they provide high-quality recruits)

>>Social networks (59%)

>>Corporate career sites (59%)

Jobvite discovered similar findings on the other side of the job-seeking spectrum:

>>40% of workers found their “favorite or best” job through a personal connection

>>21% found it through a social network

>>20% found it through an online job board

With social media and mobile increasingly important, Jobvite also found that they’re vital for effective recruiting. The study found that there are about twice as many women “social job seekers” (those who turn to social media to find, vet and contact potential hirers) than men. According to the study, “social job seekers are younger, wealthier, more highly educated and more likely to be employed full-time”:

>>30% of social job seekers earn over $100k per year

>>25% are of the 30-39 age group

>>21% are 4-year college grads.

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Since the late 1990s, LMSs have helped organizations automate their learning programs by providing resources online. More recently, LMSs have evolved from a system of record to a tool that supports continuous learning with the learner experience at the forefront.

Creating a positive learner experience can be a challenge as learning environments today are more complex than ever. Many LMS deployments are now global, spanning multiple locations and learners. Cloud-based learning allows leaders of learning and development to deliver a comprehensive learning solution to their organizations and engage more employees by providing a rich learner experience. Implementing Cloud-based learning solutions eases geographic challenges and offers numerous benefits related to cost savings, implementation, management and more.

Before selecting a Cloud-based learning provider, you should understand all the benefits and be prepared to ask potential providers critical questions regarding the architecture and management of the service you are considering. 

To make an educated choice for your organization, consider some of the key benefits of a Cloud-based learning architecture: 

Cost savings. Cloud-based learning architectures allow organizations to avoid up-front investments such as building out and supporting a technical infrastructure as well as the human capital costs of installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance. This becomes even more crucial, given that learning departments are under pressure to keep costs under control and do more with less. 

Global reach. Cloud computing companies invest heavily in architecting solutions that can connect with most users all over the world — a burden that used to be placed on an organization’s IT department. With Cloud-based learning, employees simply need a computer or mobile device, a browser and an Internet connection to have consistent access to valuable content.

Rapid deployment. Cloud learning solutions can be up and running almost immediately. Self-service features allow learning and development professionals to deliver learning directly to hundreds of employees within minutes. In today’s business climate, new skills often need to be taught on the fly at the speed of business with no time for lengthy deployments. 

Support when you need It. Support services can extend beyond just technical and customer support to include providing expertise to assist learning professionals with delivering the skills development and behavior changes the organization needs. Common support services for Cloud-based LMS include content installation, learning consultants, examples of best practices, program management, curriculum design and training needs analysis. 

Secure environment. Most vendors who provide Cloud-based solutions spend a great deal of time and effort to provide multiple layers of security, ensuring the protection of your data. Cloud vendors must maintain security standards that ensure the integrity of the most security sensitive customer’s data and content both foreign and domestic. These high standards are then applied across the board to all hosted customers.  

—To view the full list of considerations for the Cloud, download your complimentary copy of the Skillsoft whitepaper “Learning in the Cloud: 10 Factors to Consider” at A detailed list of questions to ask potential providers when considering a cloud implementation is included at the end of the whitepaper.

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For the first time this year, time spent on non-voice mobile activities will surpass time spent online on desktop and laptop computers, eMarketer estimates. 

U.S. adults will spend 43.6% of their overall media time with digital this year, including 19.4% on mobile — compared to 19.2% on laptops and PCs. Time spent with mobile phones and tablets, excluding voice calls, has risen from 13.4% of all media time last year, and has nearly tripled since 2011.

The shift from desktop to mobile is happening across a variety of activities, including social networking and digital video viewing. As social networking and video reach plateaus in terms of share of total desktop time (around 29% and 18%, respectively), these activities are growing more quickly on smartphones and especially tablets. The share of all tablet time spent with video, for example, will nearly double this year, from 10% to 19%.


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As growth in Android ownership has slowed and BlackBerry has continued to drop in popularity, Apple has been reaping the benefits, based on eMarketer’s latest forecast of smartphone OS users.

From the survey:

>> There will be 140 million smartphone users in the U.S. by the end of this year, up from 121.4 million last year and set to reach 159.9 million by 2014.

>> Nearly 46% of this year’s users will run Android on their phones, while 38.3% will run iOS. 

>> BlackBerry and other systems besides Windows Mobile have all lost ground.

>> In 2013 and 2014, growth rates for both Android and iOS will be almost identical, varying by less than a percentage point.


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