Sourcing Your Candidate Database Just Got Easier

Talentstream screen shot 1Agency recruiters know how important speed is when a job order comes in. Chances are high you aren’t the only one with the order. But only one agency will make the placement.

So having a pipeline of qualified candidates is a big advantage. How quickly, though, can you search your CRM or ATS to pull up the candidates who are the best match to the requirements?

Those older systems can be clunky and time consuming to search. The newer systems are more capable, but take training and skills to use well and quickly.

What if searching the ATS were as easy, say, as posting to multiple job boards is; something most applicant tracking systems are good at?

Enter the TalentStream Sourcing Platform. This new product from CareerBuilder, by way of its Broadbean acquisition, makes it a snap to search the local ATS or CRM and match candidates to jobs. In goes the job description and seconds later you’ve got a list of the candidates in your ATS who are a match.

Using a semantic search capability the results are more finely tuned than pure keyword searching. To put it most simply, you’ll get java developers, not someone who was a barista.

Not enough candidates? Click a tab and search all the external resume databases to which you subscribe or otherwise have access to. Still not finding what you want? Then one more tab click and you can post the job to multiple job boards, including social media.

It really is that easy. If you’re a skilled power user, you may chaff at TalentStream’s very basic functionality. The platform lacks the advanced – often complicated —  features of many of the standalone tools.

That’s not to say TalentStream is bereft of useful features. Recruiters can manipulate the search string, add filters — location search is just one — and, because of an integration with EMSI’s (another CareerBuilder acquisition) rich trove of data, you’ll see just how many candidates there are in whatever area you’re searching and how difficult the search will be.

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This is another step in CareerBuilder’s reinventing of itself. The TalentStream product it formally released this morning, is only the newest of the TalentStream Technologies planned products. TalentStream Technologies is a unit within CareerBuilder that’s largely devoted to TA technology tools built upon the Broadbean model.

CareerBuilder new logo
New logo

To make it abundantly clear it is not the job board company of the past, CareerBuilder introduced a new logo a few weeks ago. And, indeed it is not just a job board anymore.  This new

Old logo
Old logo

TalentStream branded sourcing platform could easily cannibalize CareerBuilder’s job postings. After all, why would you post a job to a commercial board if you can find a perfectly good candidate in your database?

As if to drive home the point, TalentStream alerts you that you already have the  candidate in your database before you buy or download their resume from a commercial site, including CB.

That’s just a feature of the new platform and a very useful one, but not the essential reason behind it. As Kelly Robinson, CEO of Broadbean, explained during a demo of the new platform last week, the objective behind the TalentStream Sourcing Platform is to “give that individual (recruiter) back that time.” His reference was to the time it takes a recruiter to post, source, and sift through resumes to develop a list of potentials to contact.

“We make (the searching) a bit more efficient,” he said. That leaves the recruiter more time to review the candidates, qualify them and spend more time screening.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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