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Todd Raphael

Todd Raphael is Editor-in-Chief of ERE.net , and he works on ERE's conferences, the ERE website, the ERE daily email newsletter, the ERE awards, and more. Contact him at todd@ere.net.

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While Some Companies Launch, Others Look for Beta Testers

by Feb 23, 2015, 6:45 pm ET

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There are the startups we hear about daily in the recruiting-technology field, and then there are those that have been already announced, but are looking for people to test their systems.

Today, a tiny sampling of both. keep reading…

White Paper: 7 Things the Best Know the Rest Don’t

by Feb 23, 2015, 5:21 pm ET

erewebinars-event-erc15[1]John Brubaker, an award-winning lacrosse coach turned leadership and performance consultant, is out with a new white paper on leadership.

Brubaker, who’s speaking at ERE’s conference in San Diego in April, offers some short tips and inspiration in the white paper as to what makes successful leaders successful.

More here.

The Talent Acquisition Departments of the Year

by Feb 19, 2015, 5:04 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.07.13 PMWe’ve done college recruiting, mobile recruiting, referral programs, and career sites. We’ve done onboarding, technology, branding, and military hiring. Now we’re ready for the final category: the talent acquisition department of the year, where past winners include, among others, cloud-computing company Rackspace, government contractor CACI, and foodservice giant Sodexo.

This award is divided by company size. keep reading…

Military, Technology, Onboarding, and Branding Award Winners

by Feb 12, 2015, 5:28 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.07.13 PMYou’ve seen the first batch of winners of the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards.

Those first categories announced were related to college recruiting; mobile recruiting; career sites; and referrals.

Now, onto the categories of military talent; technology; onboarding; and branding.

As I said last week, the info below is brief, with more in the months to come in the form of webinars, articles, and conference sessions.

I will say that one of the neatest things about these annual awards (besides the celebrations some of the winners have been telling me have been going on in their workplaces) is finding the hidden gems. Below, you’ll read about a large grocery chain whose talent-management practices, before this, you likely knew little about.

keep reading…

The U.S. Navy Is Crowdsourcing Recruitment Branding

by Feb 11, 2015, 3:12 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.58.14 AMRemember how the Navy in the U.S. is moving away from the whole “force for good” message, into something a little more, uh, aggressive?

It’s looking for a new slogan, and looking for up to three ideas from anyone who wants in. keep reading…

The Recruiting-technology Startup World Is Still Untapt

by Feb 10, 2015, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.36.51 AMIf you’ve seen all the recruiting software startups we’ve mentioned on this site the last few years, you might have thought that once 2015 started, the pace of new-business building might slow. There just aren’t that many new ideas left.

Yeah, right. keep reading…

U.S. Agencies Publish New Disability Guide

by Feb 6, 2015, 5:51 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 2.47.51 PMNine federal agencies in the U.S. have collaborated on a new guide for hiring, managing, retaining, and promoting people with disabilities. keep reading…

Here’s the First Crop of ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners – College, Mobile, Referral, and Web Recruiting

by Feb 5, 2015, 5:47 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 12.07.13 PMWe’re ready to start rolling out the winners of the talent-acquisition industry’s most prestigious awards, the ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards.

These awards have a wonderful history, catapulting a number of companies over the years into a sort of talent-acquisition stardom, earning them a “best practices in talent acquisition” reputation lasting years: companies like Marriott, Sodexo, CACI, Enterprise, and others, from the U.S. to India to New Zealand and elsewhere.

A big thanks to our uber-patient and diligent judges, as well as to all applicants. (The thought occurred to me that if I wanted to, I could put together a conference made up solely of those who did not win, and it would be a great agenda.)

Something different this year: instead of announcing all winners at once like last year, and instead of finalists also like last year, we’ve only got winners, and we’re announcing those in installments, this being the first.

The first categories announced below are: Best College Recruiting Program; Best Use of ‘Mobile’ for Recruiting; Best Corporate Careers Websites (not just your own company’s career site, but other pages on social media and other sites, including mobile sites/apps); and Best Employee Referral Program.

The info below is brief, as we typically follow up with webinars and conference sessions throughout the year.

keep reading…

In France, Controversy Brews Over Job Ad That Says, “If Possible, Not Jewish”

by Feb 3, 2015, 9:21 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 6.07.37 AMA job ad on graphic-jobs.com, placed by a company called NSL Studio, has been taken down, after one line in the ad said non-Jewish candidates are preferred. keep reading…

Parents: Now That You’ve Seen ‘Frozen,’ You Have to See This Frozen Recruiting Video

by Jan 28, 2015, 6:07 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 3.03.50 PMWhat to make of Frozen? One of history’s biggest movies, a billion-dollar colossus whose songs are ringing so repetitively in the heads of parents with young children many would like to annihilate their car CD players?

Yes, it was time to make a Frozen-inspired recruiting video.

This classic comes from the Norman, Oklahoma, police department, which is hiring — for the first time in forever.

keep reading…

This New, 1-Minute Navy Video Is More Tough Than Touchy-feely

by Jan 26, 2015, 4:26 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.17.38 PMYou might have heard that in the U.S., the Navy’s “force for good” campaign didn’t go over terribly well, causing the Navy to apparently nix it.

Well, the Navy has uploaded a new commercial to Youtube, and this time around, things blow up. keep reading…

An ‘Improbable Startup’ Is Hiring IT Employees

by Jan 24, 2015, 5:43 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 2.34.17 PMA team that already includes ex-Twitter, Google, and Amazon employees is looking for more, calling itself an “improbable startup.”

It’s in the business of improving health care information, services for veterans, as well as the Ebola response. keep reading…

Here’s Who’s Coming to San Diego So Far

by Jan 23, 2015, 2:56 pm ET

erewebinars-event-erc15[1] As you know, the ERE Recruiting Conference is coming up soon, April 27-29, 2015. Much of the discussions that we will be having in San Diego are driven by the readers of this publication.

My job is to bring to you the best, most innovative speakers in recruiting leadership. With that being said, I am proud to report that the list of attendees looks like a who’s who of leading organizations. 80 percent hold manager level or above positions and 86 percent are from companies with 1,000 or more employees. It’s a great list and if you aren’t on it yet, you should be. Take a look at a few of the titles and the companies who are attending.

keep reading…

PwC Launches New Careers Tool

by Jan 22, 2015, 6:03 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 2.16.51 PMThe highly rated employer PwC is out with a new online career tool.

CareerAdvisor is an interactive tool, in some parts requiring a login, to help students figure out their interests and work preferences.  keep reading…

Los Angeles Fire Department Gets 150 Pages of Ideas to Improve Recruiting

by Jan 22, 2015, 3:07 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 12.00.09 PMAmidst allegations it has relied too much on nepotism and too little on diversity, the LA fire department now has 150 pages to read about what it can do to improve the hiring process.

For other organizations, some aspects of the report may be worth taking a look at. keep reading…

Virtual Reality Becomes a Recruiting Reality for British Army

by Jan 16, 2015, 3:39 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.24.23 PMIt was just last August that Doug Friedman said on these pages that Oculus Rift could be used in recruiting.

That didn’t take long. keep reading…

Goldman Sachs Alums Launch Site for Minority Recruiting

by Jan 15, 2015, 6:45 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 3.40.50 PMTwo ex-Goldman Sachs employees are launching a new site for recruiting minorities.

Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams of Jopwell have already gotten interest from some big-name firms like Facebook and McKinsey.

Jopwell is offering a searchable pool of minority candidates, with detailed profiles on each. Right now, it’s defining minority as black, Hispanic, and Native American. It also has company profiles and a platform for communicating with candidates.

2015 Recruiting: The Year of the Blind Date

by Jan 8, 2015, 5:22 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.42.54 PMWhen I was asked recently for my thoughts on what 2015 will bring for talent acquisition, I responded: dating.

Partly, I just couldn’t get myself to repeat the endless series of annual predictions proliferating around the Internet: the year of the mobile, social, collaboration, telecommuting, people are important, blah, blah, yadda, yada. But, truly, this will be the year when the vendor talked about for years as a potential entrant into the recruiting game will finally emerge: eHarmony.

keep reading…

A Little Update on the Spring Conference for the New Year

by Jan 5, 2015, 2:54 pm ET

ERE2015SpringHeroI thought it’d be a good time to touch base about the spring conference in San Diego.

Here’s the latest. keep reading…

Now, a Job Site for Candidates With Cold Feet

by Dec 12, 2014, 11:07 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 7.47.30 AMAn employee gets a new job. They’ve told their company they’re quitting. They’re going to start the new job soon. Heck, why not see what else is out there before Day 1?

Yes, there’s now a job site for them. keep reading…