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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Engineering job seekers wait an average of 49 days to get hired after submitting job applications, per a new LinkedIn analysis.

The big picture: Employers are desperate to fill a record number of open positions across industries, but the hiring process is still taking a long time for some types of jobs.

  • It's taking 48 days to get hired for a research job, according to LinkedIn.
  • Wait times for project management, business development and finance jobs are 47 days, 46 days and 46 days, respectively.

One snag slowing down hiring in high-skill job areas like engineering is that telework has allowed companies to draw from a larger pool of applicants.

"In normal times, I'd do three rounds of interviews, and that’s it," says Jaspreet Bajwa, who's looking for a job in product marketing in the Bay Area. "So far this year, I’ve experienced five or six or seven rounds of interviews."

  • "There are a lot of applicants, and it’s the paradox of choice," he says. "I did notice that software companies are being more nitpicky."

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More than 5% of all U.S. job postings on the site Indeed are trying to lure applicants with hiring perks like cash bonuses, per new data.

The big picture: That sounds like a small percentage, but it represents hundreds of thousands of jobs across several industries and states.

Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change

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Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.

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U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers

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Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.