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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

High Turnover and Record Breaking Application Volume is Costing Santa $141,440,000 This Year

A pain-point for many high-volume hiring teams, Santa’s Workshop woes are all too familiar for retailers around the world, pushing many to adopt new AI-powered technology

Elf Volume

Like many retailers, Santa’s Workshop employs thousands of elves year-round with a huge increase in seasonal hiring.

Analysts estimate that at any one time Santa’s Workshop is employing 60,000+ elves with an increase to over 85,000+ elves worldwide over the holiday season.

Repeatedly ranked among the top 10 in Top Elf Employer lists, it is no surprise that Santa’s Workshop is flooded with over 14,000 online applications every single week (2,000 per day!). Continue reading

Guest Blog – Four Recruiting Horror Stories And How To Avoid Them

Do you have some recruiting horror stories you’re embarrassed to share?

If you’re a seasoned recruiter, one thing is certain: You’ve had your share of unfortunate experiences on the job. Whether you made an honest mistake or found yourself a victim of bad luck, we bet you can recount several recruiting horror stories.

Some recruiting nightmares are inescapable, but here’s some good news: many recruiting mistakes can be avoided with a few simple changes to your routine or strategy. Today, we’re looking at several common recruiting horror stories—and providing you with the steps you can take to make sure these unfortunate circumstances never happen again. Continue reading

2019 CPG Recruitment Trends

Have you been wondering what the CPG recruitment trends for 2019 will be?

Let us tell you the truth

Amazon has an outsized influence on much of modern business (and day-to-day life for many), and it’s no different in consumer packaged goods (CPG) recruitment. Amazon’s shifted the way recruiters think about filling CPG roles:

CPG manufacturers are focusing more of their resources on enhancing the overall mobile commerce experience. This is accomplished through bolstering brand engagement, simplified ordering and enhancing overall convenience. Since most modern customers want effortless mobile experiences, they are demanding advanced search capabilities along with simple checkout options. Continue reading

How AI Changes Hiring For Insurance

Is there a best practice when using AI to hire for insurance roles?

What is the current situation?

In general, hiring in the insurance industry across North America has stabilized in recent years, with 58 percent of employers saying they plan to expand jobs into 2019. As with other white-collar industries, though, there’s still a perception of a “skills gap,” i.e. key roles are hard to fill. This can often be solved by increasing wages, but not every insurance company has the ability to do this.

As Monster.com has noted, however, insurance is often the “Rodney Dangerfield” industry, i.e. “can’t get no respect.” One of the issues is candidates not fully understanding the scope of roles. Continue reading

Staffing & Recruiting Leaders’ Priorities For 2018: New Bullhorn Report

Bullhorn recently published their 2018 North American Staffing & Recruiting Trends Report, a survey of more than 1400 staffing professionals.

Compared to 2017, the majority of staffing professionals – 67% – are less confident about the future. This is likely due to the tension between the potential opportunities presented to staffing agencies vs. the challenges they face in 2018.

I’ve highlighted some important findings on recruiters’ priorities for 2018 from Bullhorn’s report below.

Increases in hiring and operating budgets

Whether internal or external, recruiters are experiencing the same challenges from the tighter labor market.

While 70% anticipate an increase in hiring needs, 64% of staffing pros say their top challenge is the talent shortage. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Four Flawed Recruiting Tactics To Avoid And What You Should Be Doing Instead

Are flawed recruiting tactics truly fixable?

The problem

It’s the same thought all over: “Good talent is hard to find.”

However, why this old saw holds true for today’s employers varies. Candidates drive today’s market as unemployment is at a 30-year low, and 60 percent of job seekers are finding positions within two months of beginning their search. The truth is this: the market is tight for companies looking to attract and retain the best employees possible.

Employers have to bring their A-game when it comes to hiring the most qualified team members. However, a significant hurdle for many companies may be that they are holding onto harmful and flawed recruiting tactics. Continue reading

5 Surprising Stats On How We Feel About Chatbots

According to Korn Ferry’s data, 63% of talent acquisition professionals report AI has changed how recruiting is conducted in their organization.

A big part of this recruiting AI is the chatbot.

A chatbot is defined as “a computer program designed to stimulate conversation with human users.” Although the chatbot is a relatively recent innovation in the recruiting context, chatbots have been used for years in customer service and as virtual personal assistants. Hello, Alexa!

Have you used a chatbot?

Yes No Maybe, I don’t know if he/she was human or a bot. Created with PollMaker

Drift, a leading marketing chat software (both people and bots), recently conducted a survey along with SurveyMonkey, Salesforce, and myclever on how chatbots are changing the online experience. Continue reading

Machine Learning In HR: Why More Than 63% Of Companies Are Already Using It

Is machine learning adoption in HR starting to feel more like a necessity than an experiment?

The rate of AI and machine learning adoption is drastic

A recent article from Deloitte outlines several key insights that are extremely valuable for people interested in learning more about AI. The fact of the matter? Adoption is increasing drastically, and the level of support for AI is only going to increase. In HR tech, cognitive technologies are using to improve quality of hire, and to reduce time to fill. With 62% of companies adopting AI by the end of the year, what’s stopping you from being on the leading edge of a technological revolution? Continue reading

How AI Changes Hiring For CPGs

Is hiring for CPGs – consumer packaged goods – roles any different than hiring and sourcing in general?

So is it different?

Somewhat, yes.

First, by way of quick definition: CPG typically refers to merchandise that customers use up and replace on a frequent basis; examples include packaged foods and household items like Oreos and Tide. The CPG industry is one of the largest in America, with an annual value exceeding $2 trillion.

At the 35,000-foot level, hiring and sourcing for CPGs is similar to other industries and verticals. But CPGs also have a need for very specific skill sets, which we’ll address first. Continue reading

Guest Blog: How Is Tech Making Recruitment A 24/7 Service?

Is recruiting now longer your typical 9-5 job?

It’s no longer a 9-5

To say that technology has changed the traditional 9-to-5 is overly simplistic. Each new invention or improvement on existing internet technologies brings a new wave of innovation across all industries, and recruitment is no different.

Business is already undergoing rapid change, and is no longer relegated to the Monday to Friday “grind.” Case in point: a recent Gallup survey found that 35% of current employees would quit their job for the chance to move into a role that offered full-time remote or flexible work.

As these younger generations – known as Millennials and Generation Z – begin to enter the workforce, non-traditional working cultures are already starting to become the new normal. Continue reading