John Zappe

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John Zappe is contributing editor of ERE.net, and the former editor of the now closed Fordyce Letter. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. 

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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IT Fails to Plan; Disney Doesn’t Want You Pointing and Gossip Is How They Find Out

Sure it’s hard to recruit software developers and other tech professionals. There’s just not enough of them to meet the demand.So knowing that, what do you do? You wait until the last minute to begin recruiting them. That’s what a TEK Systems survey of IT leaders found. When a project is planned or…

Unemployment, Hourly Pay Decline In November; Employers Add 178,000 Jobs

U.S. employers added 178,000 new non-farm jobs during November, according to a government employment report that’s only surprise was a sharp decline in the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent. Today’s monthly report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed private-sector employers added 156,000 jobs. The service sector accounted for 139,000. Goods producers accounted…

Jobs Up 178,000 In November; Unemployment Takes Sharp Drop

U.S. employers added 178,000 new non-farm jobs during November, according to a government employment report that’s only surprise was a sharp decline in the unemployment rate to 4.6%. Today’s monthly report from the Department of Labor showed private sector employers added 156,000 jobs. The service sector accounted for 139,000. Goods producers accounted for…

ADP Report: Employers Added 216,000 More Jobs This Month

Private-sector employers hired nearly 100,000 more workers this month than in October, adding 216,000 more workers, almost all of them in the services sector. HR services and payroll processor ADP and its partner, Moody’s Analytics, reported this morning that consumer-driven hiring especially by mid-size and large employers fueled the growth. Hiring was strong…

Private Sector Hiring Soared to 216,000 This Month

Private sector hiring soared in November as employers added 216,000 new workers, just shy of 100,000 than the 119,000 hired in October. HR services and payroll processor ADP and its partner, Moody’s Analytics, reported this morning that consumer-driven hiring especially by mid-size and large employers fueled the growth. Hiring was strong in most…

Zenefits Fined $7 Million By California Regulators

Zenefits, the freemium HR administration platform for small businesses, has been fined $7 million in a settlement reached with California’s insurance department. It’s the largest penalty so far assessed against the software startup, and one of the largest penalties ever levied by California insurance regulators. The state’s insurance department said half the penalty…

Judge Suspends Overtime Rule

A federal district court judge issued an order Tuesday temporarily stopping new rules on overtime pay from taking effect. Beginning Dec. 1, employers would have had to pay overtime to an estimated 4 million salaried workers earning less than $913 a week. The U.S. Labor Department last spring raised the salary threshold for…

Wages Jump In October As Employers Add 161,000 New Workers

Wages were the October economic surprise as a government report this morning said average annual hourly pay increased to 2.8% during the month, while employers added 161,000 workers to their payrolls and unemployment dipped to 4.9%. Both job growth and the unemployment rate were largely in line with what economists were expecting. The…

ADP Report: Private Employers Added 147,000 Workers In October

ADP said private employers added 147,000 new workers to the payrolls last month, the smallest private sector jobs increase reported by the payroll processing and HR services company since April. Economists were expecting the ADP National Employment Report would show an increase in the range of 165,000 to about 170,000. However, ADP, and…

Private Sector Jobs Grow By 147,000 In October

ADP said private employers added 147,000 new workers to the payrolls last month, the smallest private sector jobs increase reported by the payroll processing and HR services company since April. Economists were expecting the ADP National Employment Report would show an increase in the range of 165,000 to about 170,000. However, ADP, and…

Monster’s Shareholders Complete Sale to Randstad

Despite intense opposition to the sale, Monster’s shareholders turned over more than 52 percent of the company’s stock by the Friday deadline, enabling Randstad to complete the purchase of the career services company. The Dutch staffing and HR services company announced overnight that its subsidiary — Merlin Global Acquisition — acquired enough of…

Monster’s Sale to Randstad Is a Done Deal

Despite intense opposition to the sale, Monster’s shareholders turned over more than 52% of the company’s stock by the Friday deadline, enabling Randstad to complete the purchase of the career services company. The Dutch staffing and HR services company announced overnight that its subsidiary — Merlin Global Acquisition — acquired enough of Monster’s…

Your Hiring Managers Are Still Asking Dumb Interview Questions

When I was a teenager and applying for a job the manager who interviewed me asked what even then I thought was about the dumbest question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Seriously. Asking that of an 18 year old? Now comes an Accountemps survey that tells us hiring managers haven’t changed…

Zenefits Launches A New All-in-One Platform You Should See

Right about now in a San Francisco hotel, Zenefits is unveiling its reimagined, redesigned HR platform for the SMB market. From what I saw during the briefing the company conducted last week, the new version is a winner in every way. Z2, as the company calls it, is, to borrow a description from…

Employers Continue Steady Hiring; Sidelined Workers Stream Back Into the Labor Force

Jobs grew at a steady, if modest rate in September, with employers adding a net of 156,000 non-farm jobs during the month. This morning’s monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was not far off the forecasts of labor economists who predicted a gain in the range of 165,000 to…