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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

How To Get Talent Acquisition Right

Are you getting talent acquisition wrong?

Effective talent acquisition is about getting qualified candidates in front of decision-makers relatively quickly, but for various reasons this just isn’t happening.

Many studies indicate over 60% of applicants to a given job aren’t qualified.

Understanding the “why” of less-than-optimal talent acquisition is more nuanced, but here’s one place you can start. In a survey of 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers, their biggest turnoff about the hiring process was the time it takes to screen irrelevant resumes.

In fact, 43% of recruiters said they would “black list” those candidates from other roles in their ATS. Continue reading

How To Balance Speed and Communication In Your Recruitment Process

Speed is an important, if not the most important, factor in recruitment, which is why we have metrics such as time to hire and time to fill.

Source: Talent Tech Labs

When a role is open, that implies increased workload for other members of that team. Managers try to avoid that, so they want a position filled quickly. The problem is that a recruitment process focused exclusively on speed can be prone to a lot of error and miscommunication.

Between 25-33% of employees depart within six months of entering a new job.

Clearly, the recruitment process isn’t being optimized properly.  Continue reading

Retail Hiring Is On The Rise: 3 Tools That Can Help

Retail is making headlines again: While Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy recently, Target announced plans to hire 100,000 holiday workers, up 40% from last year.

As one of the first retailers to announce their hiring plans for the 2017 holiday season, Target’s hiring plans hint that retail sales are expected to grow this year.

It’s not just Target that’s increasing their hiring, Indeed reports a 34% increase in seasonal job postings compared to last year from retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Macy’s.

According to industry experts, the rise in hiring in-store associates is being driven by the desire to improve the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. Continue reading

4 Insights On Diversity Hiring From A Expert

Even though I live in one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto, I admit I didn’t give workplace diversity serious thought until I started working in recruitment tech. Seeing how important diversity and inclusion was for our customers motivated me to learn more about the issues.

So I asked talent acquisition veteran, D’Anthony Tillery, VP of Talent Acquisition & Deployment at Acosta Sales & Marketing, a 10,000+ employee organization, to share his expertise with me.

Prior to his role at Acosta, D’Anthony was the Sr. Director of Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion at Whirlpool. With over 20 years of experience in HR and recruiting and a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion, I knew he’d have a lot to share on this topic. Continue reading

4 Transformative Benefits Of AI In Hiring

Industry heavyweight Andrew Ng calls AI the new electricity that will transform every industry.

In recruiting, companies like Indigo and Hot Topic are already using AI for their high-volume hiring.

So what are the transformative benefits of AI in hiring? I list the top 4 benefits below.

1. Reducing time to hire

A recent survey of talent acquisition professionals by Talent Tech Labs found 62% consider time to hire as the top recruiting success metric.

Source: Talent Tech Labs

If speeding up your hiring process is important, AI in hiring makes a lot of sense.

An AI algorithm can take a large quantity of data, for example, hundreds of resumes, and quickly screen and find the best 10% of applicants based on your own historical hiring decisions. Continue reading

Guest Blog: 7 Steps To Making A Convincing Recruitment Video

Video rules the online world: recent studies show that video clips will make up almost three-quarters of internet traffic this year.

For recruiters, video represents a prime opportunity.

Today, it is not enough to simply put an ad on a job site. According to CareerBuilder, job postings with videos get 12% more views than those that don’t.

If you want to attract the best talent, you need to create a powerful recruitment video. Although it may seem complicated at first, it’s not really that hard once you learn the basic principles of recruitment videos.

In this article, I explain the 7 most important steps for making a convincing recruitment video. Continue reading

Guest Blog: 8 Tips For Keeping Candidates Interested In Your Job

65% of recruiters believe the talent shortage is one of the biggest challenges in hiring.

In order to attract candidates, companies are placing equal amounts of time on promoting their jobs as they do marketing their products and services.

To remain competitive for talent, here are 8 tips to keep candidates interested in your job. 

1. Keep in touch

According to Glassdoor, it takes approximately 22.9 days for a candidate to be hired. This number has increased by more than 10 days since 2010.

If you have a qualified candidate, but you can’t hire them right away, try to keep them engaged and interested. Continue reading

Common Hiring Practices That Are Terrible For Diversity – And What To Do Instead

We can all agree that good intentions aren’t enough when it comes to hiring practices that increase diversity.

Part of the problem is that sometimes practices that seem good on the surface aren’t necessarily effective and can even be harmful in some cases.

Here are 4 common hiring practices that are terrible for diversity and what you can do instead.

Bad hiring practice #1: The Rooney rule

The tech industry faces a lot of criticism for its relative lack of diversity. On the flip side, tech companies are also often the ones spearheading diversity initiatives in the first place.

For example, last year Salesforce implemented their version of the Rooney Rule by interviewing at least one female candidate or underrepresented minority for executive positions. Continue reading

How AI Recruits Diverse Candidates – CBC Metro Morning [Video]

This week, I was thrilled to be invited as a guest on CBC’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, Toronto’s leading morning radio show.

I discuss how AI is being used to recruit diverse candidates by eliminating hiring bias that can result from screening resumes.

Other conversational points include the impact of unconscious bias training, whether blind hiring is enough, and how to prevent AI from replicating human bias.

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

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