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Indeed’s Combing Its Data for New Tools and Tweaks

by May 21, 2015, 3:45 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.52.51 PM‘Tis the season for user conferences; last week it was Cornerstone Convergence (where it launched a “platform as a service“), this week it’s Indeed Interactive in Austin, and some folks will head to HireVue soon.

Indeed, owned by a Japanese outfit, has done a small user event for a couple of years, but expanded it about 10 times the size this year, with attendance in the neighborhood of 500 attendees, many of these recruiters doing the plurality of their hiring with the job aggregator.

Indeed hasn’t blown out its product in the way some competitors have, like Monster and its 6Sense tools, like LinkedIn and its Bright purchase, and so on. It’s mainly been focused on job searches and job posts, not creating some sort of end-to-end system.

But the company is working on a variety of new tools and tweaks to improve its job board. keep reading…

I’m Dreaming of Another Recruiting Technology System

by May 19, 2015, 7:36 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 4.23.58 PMWhile I was looking at Jobbatical and Drafted, another startup sprung up.

Launching today, it bills itself as a “next generation recruiting platform,” which among other features will handle video cover letters to screen before you start interviewing.
keep reading…

H and M’s Employees Are Stars of New Campaign As it Expands in U.S. and Beyond

by May 14, 2015, 1:43 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 10.15.44 AMThe big Swedish retailer H&M is running a recruiting campaign in the U.S. called “Place of Possible” that’ll include advertising in stores, online, on billboards, as well as a college tour.

About 50 H&M employees will be featured. keep reading…

ACLU Says Hollywood Discriminating Against Women

by May 13, 2015, 6:49 pm ET

american-civil-liberties-union-of-southern-californiaThe American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California says both TV shows and movies are discriminating against women by not hiring them to be directors.

It wants the government to investigate. keep reading…

The Best Way I’ve Ever Heard an Employer Say It Hires for Ability, Not Longevity

by May 8, 2015, 7:47 pm ET

cotton-ratRemember that Brand Amper company I mentioned six months ago?

It’s hiring a developer, as well as a client manager. And clearly it doesn’t care how long they’ve been working. keep reading…

Another Recruiting Technology Startup Has Its Eyes on Hourlies

by May 7, 2015, 4:06 pm ET

WorkJamWith the big spring event behind us, I’ve been catching up with a few recruiting suppliers.

Gild continues to move well beyond its history as a screening-only tool, becoming a full-blown tool for sourcing, analytics, scheduling, and optimizing job posts. Bullhorn has hired a former Salesforce VP, Danielle du Toit, as SVP of global services. 

Meanwhile, a new entrant is joining the recruiting/human resources technology market for service-sector businesses, particularly those with a lot of hourly employees. keep reading…

What Recruiters Major In

by May 7, 2015, 2:19 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 11.10.04 AMPsychology is the most common major of recruiters, and human resources the most popular master’s degree.

That’s from a new LinkedIn “Savvy Recruiters Career Guide.” LinkedIn looked at more than 100,000 recruiter profiles to look at the majors and degrees.

Here are the top 10. keep reading…

Instead of Agencies, One Recruiter Is Trying These 5 Tools

by Apr 30, 2015, 12:59 pm ET

erewebinars-event-erc15[1]Cat Hernandez, head of talent at Chartbeat, mentioned yesterday on a panel at ERE’s San Diego conference that she uses very few third-party agencies. (Actually she has used headhunters on a very limited basis, like for “container searches,” sometimes called “retingency.”)

Instead, she said, she’s tinkering around with a few recruiting technologies, some you probably know and some you probably don’t as they are in betas.

After the session, I asked her what those tools were.

Here goes: keep reading…

EY’s Little Employee-referral Cheat Sheet

by Apr 29, 2015, 2:12 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 11.59.26 AMI’m not a big infographics fan, but I liked this short little summary of the business case for employee referrals, the components of a program, and a little top 10 list.

EY, which has won a lot of ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards, distributed this to ERE conference attendees this week in San Diego.

It’s embedded below. keep reading…

I Heard It in the Exhibit Hall at the Spring ’15 ERE Conference

by Apr 29, 2015, 12:22 pm ET

ere15s-logo-ere15confA little o’ this, and a little o’ that from the exhibit floor at the spring ERE conference in San Diego. keep reading…

It Gets Weirder: Philadelphia Police Recruiting Video

by Apr 21, 2015, 4:04 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 12.46.00 PMOne reader emailed me after I posted that Frozen recruiting video out of Norman, Oklahoma, and asked, “Is that for real?”

You may have the same question this time around. keep reading…

Corporate Career Sites: Watch Where the Money Goes

by Apr 21, 2015, 5:08 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 3.22.02 PM 1While time, money, and energy are spent on the videos, audios, photos, and blogs on corporate career websites, applicants sometimes are thinking, “Where’s that job I want to apply for?”

And, says Derek Gillaspy, that desire to simply search and apply is being overlooked by companies.

Gillaspy and I talk about that in the video below, as well as:

  • whether companies should say more about the hiring process on their sites
  • CRMs and talent communities
  • advertising a company’s brand on social media vs. focusing on a company’s own career site
  • the letdown of a fancy career site that ends in a weak job description or job post keep reading…

A Recruiting Technology Vendor Now Has Its Own Recruiting Video

by Apr 8, 2015, 5:03 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 1.46.23 PMThe fast-growing startup ZipRecruiter, which blogs about hiring itself and is expanding into onboarding and eyeing a larger suite of recruiting and HR services, is out with a video of its own. keep reading…

In the Bay Area, a Dot-com-era Job Site Is Getting New Life

by Apr 7, 2015, 6:22 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 3.00.06 PMWhile in the middle of the U.S. is celebrating its Daily Herald victory and a truck driver job site is officially launching, on the West Coast a once-well-known career site is quietly reviving itself for the latest Silicon Valley/San Francisco talent gold rush. keep reading…

New Job Board, Campaign Launches in South Dakota

by Apr 3, 2015, 8:04 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 4.58.35 PMSioux Falls, South Dakota has launched a new, mobile-friendly job site playing up the town’s 2,000 open jobs. keep reading…

This New Marines Recruiting Video Literally Breaks Down Barriers

by Apr 2, 2015, 5:29 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.07.34 PMYou’ve read about the U.S. Air Force’s new visuals and a hard-hitting piece from the U.S. Navy. Now it’s the Marines’ turn.
keep reading…

List Maker to Create List of Recruiting Lists

by Apr 1, 2015, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 12.35.51 PMIn one of the more curious decisions the talent-acquisition field has seen — perhaps as unusual as that Raleigh recruiter who in 2011 refused human contact — a recruiting vendor has decided to make a list of the 100 most influential lists of recruiting influencers.

Synergy List Vector Management will analyze each of the many, proliferating lists of who’s influential in the recruiting field, and generate one big list that will simply rank other recruiting influencer lists. “If you love lists,” says Sheila E. Tartefly, director of robust solutions at Synergy List, “you’ll love our top 100 list of lists. You’ll have a better feel for which thoughts the thought leaders are thinking about that you should really give some thought to.”

In talent acquisition, lists have been controversial. keep reading…

Familiar BizDev Face Becoming Advisor to HR/Recruiting Technology Companies

by Apr 1, 2015, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 3.09.33 PMYou probably know how many startups have recently sprouted up in the talent-acquisition and human resources technology field. Now, those startups, and any other recruiting/HR tech company that wants to grow quickly, have another consultant of their own. keep reading…

To Make This ‘Best Employer’ List, They Just Asked Employees

by Mar 26, 2015, 4:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 12.48.20 PMOne thing definitely not lacking in the human resources and talent-acquisition field are lists of the best workplaces. You’ve got local lists, regional lists, even lists of where high schoolers will want to work; national ones like Glassdoor’s, Universum’s, Fortune’s, and a WilsonHCG top-employment-brand list that a few talent-acquisition leaders told me via email they really liked.

One list out from Forbes (a magazine, apparently, that recruiters read quite widely) involved asking employees this: On a scale of 0-10, how likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?

keep reading…

New Job Board Wants Universities to Know How Its Students Are Doing

by Mar 17, 2015, 1:33 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 10.23.05 AMWhile I was perusing some startups launching — think OnboardIQ, Super, Gradberry, Invisume, InterviewJet – one reader just mentioned to me that, yes, another startup is launching, and it’s a job board.

keep reading…