If LinkedIn and eHarmony Had a Baby

May 23, 2014
This article is part of a series called News & Trends.

You may have heard that the Intern Sushi company I once mentioned is now becoming Career Sushi; that there’s a new recruiting system from Ceridian; about Connect6’s “PeopleDiscovery” launch; and that there’s a new board for startup jobs.

But there are some recruiting-related startups moving more quietly, ones you may not know, like:

  • Talentsity. Aimed at Generation Y, it wants to use analytics, not resumes, to show people’s strengths. In a graphic display, instead of just showing one person’s resume, a job candidate could display how their personality, or years of experience, or education, compares to other, for example, salespeople. The analytics could be used by employers to look at the skills of their own employees. Or, employers could build a talent community and see analytics on the community members. Talentsity is looking for funding as it prepares to test a beta with students this year. A GE workforce planning/analytics leader in Cincinnati, Ross Sparkman, is advising Talentsity.
  • A Comrise spinoff has built a product called RT-FIT. Possibly launching in July, it’s an algorithm that’ll be used to search an applicant tracking system. It looks at the resumes of people already on a company’s payroll, finds patterns (looking at variables such as work experience, education, and skills), and then can prioritize resumes that come in for a job opening. It can be customized for an industry or a company. So Comrise is not a sourcing tool like an Entelo, Identified, or TalentBin, nor is it a way to build a “community,” or a resume substitute; it’s a way to spend less time going through resumes. “An ideal customer would be a company with high-volume recruiting, including third-party staffing firms,” Steven Grover, part of the team working on the product, tells me.
  • Hironomy’s co-founder Tamer Rafla envisions his company as LinkedIn + eHarmony. The company wants to match people based on their cognitive aptitudes, behavioral aptitudes, and cultural fit; also, it looks at whether a person matches 1) a job, 2) a team, and 3) an organization. It did a limited launch in March to “get some more product-market fit validation,” he says, and has now launched officially. Based in Montreal, it has four employees, and is “fully bootstrapped with enough cash to meet short-term objectives,” Rafla says. Hironomy, focusing like many recruiting tech startups on smaller and mid-size companies, is in final discussions with an airline-industry employer, as well as an e-learning company and IT staffing agency.
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