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With a hope of gauging some workplace trends this year, we started running polls on our LinkedIn page every few weeks. In 2021, we wanted to hear the thoughts of job seekers, fellow recruiters, and everyday employees. In addition to some serious topics, we also touched upon fun ideas and newly trending discussions. Thankfully, our incredible community did not disappoint. We received thousands of votes and comments that really opened our eyes to some interesting insight.

To wrap up the year, we’ve summarized some of our favorite polls and their results. The new year is around the corner and we hope to keep this line of communication open. Now more than ever, corporate trends are constantly evolving. We will always want to hear your views and opinions!

  • Are cover letters necessary? Most voters said otherwise. In fact, many believed that all necessary skills and experience are already outlined in the resume, negating the need for a cover letter. Additionally, recruiters and hiring managers seldom have time to read cover letters. Not requiring one will also lead to a larger candidate pool, as many job seekers are not willing to write one.
  • Would you participate in a stay interview? We had recently shared a blog post regarding stay interviews, a popular trend since the start of the Great Resignation. While the majority of people voted yes, they would participate, the comments said otherwise. Many claimed that stay interviews might reflect a “too little, too late” narrative from employees. Others felt that while stay interviews could be beneficial, managers and companies must also be willing to take action regarding the feedback.
  • Is a 40 hour work week too much? The pandemic and work from home culture has altered corporate life in several ways. A large consensus is that the traditional 40 hour work week has become unnecessary. The majority of jobs don’t require that many hours to thoroughly complete the work. Alternately, industries such as finance and banking consider 40 hours a luxury. Many commenters agreed that work hours should be variable; however long it takes to get everything done is how long an employee should work.
  • Do you take fewer sick days while working from home? Most people said yes, they definitely take fewer sick days while working from home. Eliminating the commute and the ability to work in a comfortable environment has workers more apt to save their sick days. There was almost no debate on this one; even if they’re actually sick, many people are still logging on to work. If you want to read more about workplace culture following the pandemic, check out our post here!
  • Should you apply for a job even if you don’t meet the minimum qualifications listed in the description? Generally, many believe that if you have 70% of the required skills and experience, you should apply. Hiring managers might have different priorities than what was listed in the job description. Sending along your resume can’t hurt, especially if you’re confident in your candidacy. Also, years of experience don’t always match the skill set of a candidate. Strong applications and interviews speak volumes.

We thank everyone who participated in our polls this year and look forward to 2022. Let’s keep these discussions and trends coming! In the meantime, if you are interested in talking to one of our talented recruiters, connect with us on LinkedIn or check out our Jobs Board today! See you in the new year!

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Jun 6, 2023

Scammers, Hackers Preying On Virus-Related Fears

Coronavirus scams promising cures, tests and preventatives have become so prevalent the Federal Trade Commission is promoting a sort of bingo card to help unwary consumers from becoming victims.

“Scams related to the coronavirus are growing,” FTC Associate Director Jennifer Leach said in announcing the bingo card. “Use the #FTCScamBingo card to check off the scammers you spotted, along with the steps you took to stop them.”

More than just health claims, scammers are promising to solve your financial problems, forgive debt and now, help you get your stimulus money. The FTC is hoping people – particularly seniors who are the most susceptible to scams – will share the cards on social media to alert their friends to the tricks.

“When you have bingo, share it with the FTC on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll be helping the FTC – and others – know what’s going on.”

Complaints related to the coronavirus have surged, the FTC said, doubling in a week to more than 7,800. Not all were scams, but of those fraud complaints that were, “consumers reported losing a total of $4.77 million, with a reported median loss of $598,” the FTC said.

Warning letters were sent last month to seven companies by the FTC and Federal Drug Administration over claims they were making about products to treat the virus.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued its own warning, cautioning investors not to be fooled by claims “that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.”

Be especially wary, the SEC says, of microcap stocks, which it says “may be particularly vulnerable to fraudulent investment schemes.”

FINRA, which governs the securities broker-dealer industry in the US, has a “scam meter” to help potential investors unsure if an investment might be fraudulent.

Internet scams have become rampant. In a report delivered this week to the internet governing agency ICANN, cybersecurity group Interisle said at least 100,000 virus-related website names were registered in March alone. While not all are scams or fraudulent, many, the report said, are being used “to spam out advertisements for COVID-themed scams. As of this writing, the number of confirmed malicious COVID-related domains is in the thousands.”

In addition to scams that prey on fears of the virus, hackers are taking advantage of the millions of Americans now working from home. Many are working with confidential company data on laptops and home computers that are not secure or are sending information back and forth that is unencrypted.

Phishing schemes and email attacks have risen dramatically. One network security company told American Banker that its corporate customers experienced a 667% increase in coronavirus-related email attacks since February.

The World Economic Forum has a detailed list of what businesses and those working at home can do to protect against cybercrime.

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