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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

Why You Should Be Building Proactive Recruiting Pipelines

About 5 years ago, I had the opportunity to talk to some executives at one of the biggest technical recruiting firms in North America. They pointed me towards one of their recruiters, who was generating more money for the firm than anyone, as well as bigger placements.

The funny thing was, though, she never worked on open requisitions, which was the strategy of 99% of the recruiters employed by the firm. Instead, she simply had built an amazing proactive pipeline, while it definitely took time – now she was just reaping the rewards of said proactive pipeline.

What is proactive recruiting? Continue reading

Recruiting Benchmarks 2018: New Jobvite Data

Industry leader Jobvite just released their annual recruiting benchmark report.

Overall, their YoY numbers show fewer interviews, more offers, and more candidates hired in 2017. Recruiters conducted fewer interviews to get to an offer: the number of interviews decreased while the number of offers increased.

Jobvite has three explanations for these improved conversion rates:

    Fewer applicants in today’s competitive talent marketplace. More data and tools like AI to help recruiters find and screen candidates more quickly. Recruiters are better equipped to screen out unqualified candidates earlier so candidates who reach the interview stage are more qualified.

Let’s take a closer look at their conversion rates for 2017 below. Continue reading

Candidate Sourcing Software: The Time Management Issue

The HR tech market, including candidate sourcing software, is estimated to be $14 billion globally – and rising.

The rise of artificial intelligence, while not fully at scale, seems to be the next major turning point in the HR tech marketplace.

While there are now hundreds of different vendors offering slightly different solutions, what really needs to be addressed are some core pain points on the talent acquisition side.

The core pain point of recruiters

Sourcing qualified candidates” comes in as the #1 stressor for recruiters in almost every survey.

This is only logical: good sourcing takes a lot of time, especially manual searches using Boolean strings and LinkedIn, and good sourcing never stops. Continue reading

Guest Post: 3 Steps To Writing A Job Posting That Stands Out

Hiring is an incredibly exciting time. So why simply write a cut-and-paste job posting that insinuates that you’re suffering from a real shortage of creativity?

These days, the focus on providing an enjoyable candidate experience means a dry, uninspiring job posting just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are 3 steps for attracting the best candidates through a distinctive job posting.

Step #1: #EndTheBuzzwords

When searching through resumes or applications, how many times do you read ‘Passionate and Enthusiastic’ or ‘Works well both within a team or independently’?

You’d rather see facts, evidence and a spark. This is exactly how job seekers feel when reviewing a job posting. Continue reading

4 Innovative Strategies For High Volume Hiring

McDonald’s made headlines recently in their high volume hiring of 250,000 employees for the summer. Job seekers can apply on McDonald’s Snapchat career page via 10-second Snaplications.

This is just one example of how companies are responding to the growing challenge of attracting, hiring and retaining talent for high-demand, high-turnover roles in today’s tighter labour market.

If large, established companies like McDonald’s are innovating their application process and candidate experience, it’s clear we all need to step up.

Here are 4 innovative strategies to optimize your high volume hiring. First, a brief introduction.

High volume hiring

High volume hiring is the practice of hiring for a large number of open positions in a given time frame. Continue reading

3 Resume Screening Tools That Every Recruiter Should Know About

When the average job posting receives 250 resumes with 88% of them unqualified, effective resume screening tools are a recruiter’s dream come true.

In 2017, the demand for resume screening tools that reduce the hours spent manually reading resumes will only grow as 56% of talent acquisition leaders predict hiring volume will increase but 66% of recruiting teams will stay the same size or even shrink.

The best way for recruiters who are already time-strapped to do more with less is to decide which of your tasks can be effectively automated.

Here are 3 resume screening tools that will boost your recruiting productivity by saving you time. Continue reading

A Shortlisting Criteria How-To Guide For Identifying The Best Candidates

Figuring out the right shortlisting criteria to identify the best candidates is still the top recruiting challenge for talent acquisition professionals.

52% of talent acquisition leaders say the most difficult part of their job is identifying the right candidates from a large applicant pool

To help you become more efficient and accurate when shortlisting candidates, I’ve created this guide on how to create the right shortlisting criteria to find the best candidates.

What is shortlisting criteria?

Shortlisting criteria are the essential and desirable criteria needed to do the job, as well as the minimum levels of each that the shortlisted candidate should possess. Continue reading

5 Recruitment Shortlisting Strategies To Speed Up Time-To-Hire

When the average job posting receives 250 resumes and up to 88% of candidates who apply are unqualified, recruitment shortlisting strategies are more important than ever.

Despite advances in recruiting software and technology, screening resumes and shortlisting candidates are still the most time-consuming parts of recruitment.

That’s why I created this list of the 5 best recruitment shortlisting strategies to help speed up your time-to-hire.

1. Using keywords as a recruitment shortlisting strategy

One of the classic recruitment shortlisting strategies is finding qualified candidates using keywords. A good Applicant Tracking System (ATS) should allow you to screen candidates using keywords based on desired skills and experience. Continue reading

6 Tools For Shortlisting Candidates To Speed Up Time-To-Hire

Shortlisting candidates is the most time-consuming (and tedious) part of a recruiter’s job. Because 75 to 88% of resumes received for an open req are unqualified, it takes approximately 23 hours to screen resumes and shortlist candidates for a single hire.

Recruiters and talent acquisition professionals desperately need an effective tool for shortlisting candidates to speed up time-to-hire.

That’s why I created this list of the 6 best tools for quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively shortlisting candidates.

1. Job postings that shortlist candidates through job matching

Job postings are still the top source of hires: 31% of hires come from job search engines and job boards. Continue reading