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The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” a weekly post that features talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

Experts Debate the Ethics of LinkedIn’s Algorithm Experiments

“This month, LinkedIn researchers revealed in Science that the company spent five years quietly researching more than 20 million users,” according to Ars Technica. “By tweaking the professional networking platform’s algorithm, researchers were trying to determine through A/B testing whether users end up with more job opportunities when they connect with known acquaintances or complete strangers.”

I Applied for a Job at Microsoft But Didn’t Tell Them I’m Blind. Here’s What Happened Next.

From Vice: “A software engineer shares what it was like to interview with one of the largest technology corporations in the world, without letting on about his disability.”

Calendly ($3B+ Scheduling Startup) Acquires Prelude to Drive Into the Recruitment Sector

“Calendly, the scheduling startup that landed with a splash last year when it raised a huge round out of nowhere at a $3 billion+ valuation, has made a name for itself for tools that are used by more than 10 million people to book appointments, arrange meetings and plan any event that involves two or more people making time for each other,” reports TechCrunch. Now, [t]he company has acquired Prelude, a specialist in automating scheduling and organization around to job recruitment. Calendly is profitable, and this is its first acquisition.”

Recruiting Platforms Put Employers at Risk of Unintentional Bias

“Employers using online recruiting platforms risk running afoul of immigration law, as the Justice Department has taken a new focus on hiring discrimination against non-citizens,” reports Bloomberg. “As of last week, 20 companies have settled with the DOJ’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section over the alleged bias, including such big names as Walmart Inc., CarMax Inc., Capital One Financial Corp., and KPMG LLP.

Are Employers Creating a Lost Generation of Managers?

“For all the benefits of flexible working, a stark question remains unanswered: How will no or little in-office experience affect our young and future managers?” asks this WorkLife article. “To some, the opportunities to learn through osmosis, either in the office or at work socials, are already dwindling. If left unchecked, it could potentially lead to a lost generation of young managers in knowledge-worker industries.”

Employers React to ‘Confusing’ Labor Market With Layoffs, Retention Plans

“It’s a perplexing time. Employers desperate to hire and retain talent are planning layoffs and hiring freezes,” SHRM reports. “Organizations addressing labor shortages are boosting pay and benefits to attract candidates while also taking steps to reduce headcount.”

How the AI Skills Crisis Is Wasting Money

“Studies show that the tech sector lacks qualified talent equipped to work with artificial intelligence and machine learning,” according to HR Dive.

California’s New Pay Transparency Bill: Will the State Go the Way of Colorado?

California’s governor signed a pay transparency bill into law yesterday. This ERE article, published just days earlier, explores the ramifications of the legislation.


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Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!

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