The candidate experience at job fairs hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Booths have gotten bigger, with more creative use of space, but the concept is still the same — attendees line up, talk to a company rep for two or three minutes and walk off with a paper brochure. If they’re lucky, they get a chance to interview in a makeshift, curtain-walled office flanked by three other candidates doing the same thing.
In this environment, candidates often don’t have an opportunity to engage with the company culture, understand the direction of the business, or clearly see the reasons why they should join.
With a key university job fair approaching, a crack team of three Hershey employees — myself, a graphic designer, and a university relations analyst — decided we were going to attempt to improve candidate engagement by taking a more modern approach. After a quick ideation session, we landed on an idea to experiment with augmented reality technology. keep reading…
At ASB Bank in New Zealand we wanted to do something different. Our talent acquisition team has a social media mantra of #leadnotfollow, and we wanted to make some noise in the market.
In brief the goal was:
To stand out from the crowd and to attract the best people, to create a first within the New Zealand recruitment industry, a 3D interactive digital experience designed to capture the attention of job seekers and that could be shared within professional networks.
I had an idea when watching marketing videos on YouTube. One particular video marketing fruit juice caught my attention. From this research a recruitment campaign was born. keep reading…
You saw the list of finalists — a group that, like I said in that post, really all are honorees given how close of a call most every category was, and how many good applications there were that didn’t make the final cut.
Now let’s look at the final winners. Thanks again to the judges.
Best College Recruiting Program keep reading…
A year and some months after acquiring the popular MaxHire and Sendouts, Bullhorn is releasing its overhauled ATS, incorporating some of their best features while fixing one of the biggest complaints with its own SaaS system. Bullhorn now runs on MACs, as well as on PCs and mobile devices.
The new S Release announced today is not an integration of its late 2012 acquisitions of the two software providers. Their systems will continue to be offered and supported. But Andrew Hally, Bullhorn’s VP of of product and marketing, expects that when MaxHire and Sendouts users see what S Release can do, they’ll switch.
The two most significant changes — besides fixing the Mac compatibility problem of prior Bullhorn ATS versions — are speed of performance and ease of use. The system is now so fast that the announcement of its release says it is three times faster than any prior version. keep reading…
Any company that adopts a people-first belief system understands the importance of finding and hiring the right people. We’ve been basically doubling our team every year for the past few years; we are constantly in a hiring state and always on the lookout for really good people. You have to be a company that top talent wants to work at in order to win the war for top talent; this means that we are constantly tweaking our environment and culture to make sure that we stay (at least) one step ahead of our competitors in delivering the kinds of things that employees want.
It might not seem obvious at first, but IT policies can be a major factor in this. keep reading…
Despite missing on earnings, investors gave Dice Holdings a bye this morning, liking the revenue numbers it posted for the fourth quarter of 2013 as well as what the company sees for this year.
Some slowing in the niche job board company’s security clearances jobs site (ClearanceJobs.com) was more than offset by gains in other areas, and by contributions from the sites Dice acquired when it bought onTargetjobs last fall and the IT Job Board in July. Improvement in the finance sector in Europe and Asia staunched the decline in revenue at eFinancialCareers.
“In the fourth quarter, we delivered better revenue and profitability than we thought we would in October, particularly from improvement in our finance segment,” said Dice CFO, John Roberts. keep reading…
A recent study from Oxford University suggests that almost half of all job categories are at some risk of being automated within the next 20 years. That includes telemarketers (99 percent certainty); accountants (94 percent), real estate agents (86 percent); airline pilots (55 percent), and even actors (37 percent).
At low risk are jobs like clergy (0.8 percent); dentists (0.4 percent) and recreational therapists (0.2 percent). What is a recreational therapist anyway? The authors of the study don’t define the job, but it sounds suspiciously like an euphemism for a profession popular in Nevada, which would explain the low probability of the job being automated.
The study doesn’t mention recruiters except to say that big data analysis will result in better predictions of performance, especially of students, and will make recruitment more efficient. keep reading…
Say hello to your newest employee Baxter.
He stands three feet, one-inch tall and weighs 165 pounds. He’s dependable and works well on teams and alone. He’s very productive especially performing tasks most employees don’t like to do such as stocking shelves and order picking. He doesn’t take breaks or vacation and doesn’t require health care and retirement benefits. He costs only about $3 per hour, less than half a minimum wage. Best of all he can work 24 hours per day, and seven days each week without violating labor laws! keep reading…
We’re heading into another new year, a year full of promise and opportunity and predictions from the experts about which techniques and technologies will remain or become vital weapons in the recruitment arsenal.
- Mobile Accessibility
- QR Codes
- SMS Texts
- Applicant Tracking System Upgrades
- Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing
- Local Market SEO
- Talent Community/CRM/Relationship Marketing
- Source Identification/Tracking
- Social Media
- Employment Branding
- Employee Referral
- Talent Segmentation/Targeted Marketing
- Employment/Internal Communications
- Alumni Outreach
- Job Description Upgrades
- Branding people with RIFD codes and tracking their every movement and behavior … keep reading…
We just completed our ten big predictions for HR, talent, and learning in 2014 and the theme is “The Year of the Employee.” Global economic growth will cause the balance of power to shift, allowing top talent to exert more control. Top people with key skills (engineering, math, life sciences, energy) will be in short supply due to global economic growth. Thanks to new U.S. healthcare laws, people also will feel more free to change jobs.
For the first time in more than five years organizations are competing for talent — and the formula for success this time is different. To compete for key talent, organizations will need to adapt and innovate.
With that, the challenges and opportunities will employers face in 2014: keep reading…
2012 was the year of social recruiting and 2013 was supposed to be the year of social HR. How far have we moved forward? Quite a bit, but not as much as I would have thought. Gamification has certainly not become mainstream and the death of the resume has been greatly exaggerated. keep reading…
JobDiva, software provider to the staffing industry, has filed a federal suit against Monster Worldwide, claiming the technology behind the company’s popular 6Sense search and matching engine infringes on patents it holds.
The complaint alleges “Monster has infringed JobDiva’s patents by incorporating JobDiva’s patented resume search technology into Monster’s products and services.” It goes on to say that Monster did this “despite being informed that JobDiva held patents covering the technology.”
Monster had no immediate comment on the suit, which was just filed Monday. keep reading…
As every regular reader (Hi mom!) of my Roundup column knows, robot recruiters are coming.
Tech junkies already know that in all the bigger shops in the free world robots do most of the heavy recruitment lifting. We call these robots ATS or talent acquisition technology, but they’re bots.
What I’m talking about here are the other kind of bots, the ones like the lovable WALL-E or C-3PO. These are the ones on their way into HR offices of the not-too-far-off future. Every week these bots get smarter and more recruiter-like. (More than a few pissed-off candidates have responded to bot-generated messages in language that would get this Roundup an “R” rating.) keep reading…
Even though more than two weeks have passed since the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas ended, it seems that the positive vibes from the event continue.
As a futurist, whenever I attend I focus my attention on the technologies that are emerging rather than the mainstream ones that most HR professionals have heard of or that already have a large market presence. At HR Tech these are the folks at the back of hall in the small booths.
As I wandered the back of the hall, I noticed that almost every booth was populated with very young, enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Whether they were the founders, salespeople, or techies, they all had the energy and excitement that comes with an absolute belief in what they are doing and what their technologies will accomplish for the client.
The interesting technology is always at the edges — emerging, still forming, and often in beta, but showing us what will be capturing our attention in a few more years.
I have picked out three products in particular. keep reading…
For those who love technology and value it as an essential asset to the people side of business strategy, a conference held this near in Las Vegas, the HR Technology Conference, never disappoints. This year was no exception. It seemed to be the biggest edition yet with a dizzying array of companies offering a wide range of solutions across the entire HR landscape.
I saw the major themes permeating the trade show floor as: unprecedented levels of individual accessibility and control over information of all types; social connectivity and easy integration of everything; data and analytics attached to most things; on-demand learning everywhere one turns; and technology as a means to support personal, corporate, and social responsibility.
I’ll leave the details of the big picture views to other analysts whom I feel have offered great insights, and drill down to my specialty areas: talent acquisition and specifically talent assessments. keep reading…
Until now, Bullhorn’s staffing firm customers who wanted a complete front and back office solution had to work with a third party to get those all-important time and billing services.
Bullhorn eased the pain by partnering with other vendors for back office services, as well as other add-ons to provide other functions such as reporting and analytics, automated telephony, and payroll.
Now, Bullhorn has acquired Easy Software Solutions, maker of timeshEASY, its time and billing partner. The sales price was not disclosed.
Announcing the acquisition today, Bullhorn CEO Art Papas called the deal a “game changer.” “Staffing firms have always wanted both front and back office solutions from a single, trusted provider. Now, Bullhorn can offer a fully integrated, end-to-end solution.” keep reading…
With more than 11.8 million unemployed Americans (and millions more globally) it only makes sense for anything recruiting or hiring-related to get a lot of attention. In fact, recruiting has gone mainstream enough to garner not only national attention from businesses and their C-suites, but also its own reality TV show.
I was recently given the opportunity to participate in a new web-based reality show called “Top Recruiter 2 — The Competition.” Along with a colleague, I was able to build a challenge for six of the world’s best recruiters, all competing for the title of “Top Recruiter.”
The show afforded an up-close and in-depth glimpse into the world of recruiting and what it takes to attract, engage, and hire the best talent. While the contestants ranged in background and experience, they fell into two major groups with three corporate recruiters and three executive search recruiters. The key difference that emerged between these groups was how they embraced technology. keep reading…
A study by Deloitte estimates that companies will spend more than $4 billion annually on talent management technology this year. Because the HR technology industry is …
- Dominated by a handful of large players such as Taleo/Oracle, Kenexa/IBM, and Success Factors/SAP
- Also heavily represented by hundreds of smaller specialty tech companies who are agile and focused on growth, most of whom have been in business less than 10 years
- And changing rapidly changing in response to technological innovations (such as mobile computing and the cloud) as well as evolving reporting/compliance requirements
… buying decisions can be extremely complex.
At talentRISE, we are all too often contacted by clients who have made a less-than-optimal technology purchasing decision and are now seeking a post-purchase “fix.” So, in this post, we want to share a few “lessons learned” to help others seeking to replace or upgrade current systems — whether an ATS, a comprehensive talent management system, or an HR Management System make the best buying decision possible and avoid buyers’ remorse. keep reading…
In 2013, it seems everyone is talking about talent communities. Some people call their job alert system a talent community; some people refer to their CRM as a talent community; some people call their LinkedIn company group a talent community; and some job boards refer to their resume database as a talent community. And, it seems, there is a vendor solution for each flavor of talent community. These diverse opinions create interesting discussions and debate until it is time to seriously consider whether to invest in a community of talent; then the confusion sets in and creates the question — what is a talent community?
For me, defining a talent community is easy. keep reading…
Informatica, the company for which I work, deals in big data challenges every day. It’s what we do — help customers turn their data into actionable business insights. When I took the helm as VP of global talent acquisition I was surprised to learn that the data within the talent acquisition function was not up to the standards Informatica lives by. Clearly, talent acquisition was not seeing the huge competitive advantage that data could bring — at least not the way sales, marketing, and research were viewing it. And that, to me, seemed like a major problem, but also a terrific opportunity!
This is the story of how Informatica Talent Acquisition became data-centric and used that centricity to our advantage to fix the problem. keep reading…