John Zappe

About the Author

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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Recruiting, Branding, Culture and a 7-Year-Old

The story of how an intrepid 7-year-old from the agricultural city of Hereford in the U.K. boldly wrote Google for a job has been told around the world. In case you missed it, Chloe Bridgewater addressed a letter to “google boss” asking for a job when she grows up and gets “bigger.” She…

Employers Add 227,000 Jobs In January, But Slow Wage Growth

Hiring surged, wages slumped, and the unemployment rate rose slightly in January, as the first month of the new year and a new administration showed the economy, though strong, could still be confounding. The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said employers added 227,000 workers to non-farm payrolls during the month, well…

Performance Management Goes to the Apps

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

SHRM CEO Hank Jackson to Retire

Henry Jackson, leader of the Society for Human Resource Management since 2010, will retire at the end of the year. “Hank Jackson has made lasting contributions to SHRM and the HR profession,” said Coretha Rushing, chair of SHRM’s Board of Directors and corporate vice president and chief human resources officer at Equifax. “But…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march…

Latest ADP Buy Is Bet That Analytics Trend Will Accelerate

The big vendor news this week was the acquisition of The Marcus Buckingham Company by ADP. It’s not so much the size of the deal — TMBC is a boutique performance management consulting and services firm; no price was announced. Instead, the significance of the deal is two-fold: It continues ADP’s march to become…

Jobs Grow by 156K in December; Wages Take Jump

Ending the year much as it began, employers hired a modest 156,000 new workers in December, bringing the total for 2016 to 2.16 million new jobs. In 2015, employers added 2.74 million. While this morning’s jobs estimate from the Labor Department came in lower than the 180,000 analysts in a Bloomberg survey were…

Wages Jump As Jobs Grew Modestly In December

Ending the year much as it began, employers hired a modest 156,000 new workers in December, bringing the total for 2016 to 2.16 million new jobs. In 2015, employers added 2.74 million. While this morning’s jobs estimate from the Labor Department came in lower than the 180,000 analysts in a Bloomberg survey were…

DOL Sues to Get Google Comp Info

Google is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly failing to turnover documents relating to compensation of employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters. The suit announced today charges that Google provided a September 1,  2015 “compensation snapshot,” but has refused to turnover other data the government wants, including job and…

Google Sued By OFCCP Over Comp Data

Google is being sued by the Department of Labor for allegedly failing to turnover documents relating to compensation of employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters. The suit announced today charges that Google provided a Sept. 1,  2015 “compensation snapshot,” but has refused to turnover other data the government wants, including job and salary…

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…