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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

Does The Marketplace Have A Skills Gap?

Has the idea of a skills gap been brought up in your organization?

Does a skills gap exist? And what should you do about it?

The idea of a “skills gap” has gotten considerable attention in the past year or so. The basic argument is very logical: Technology is evolving rapidly, and that’s created “gaps” where employers need specific skills, but it’s increasingly hard to find them. Considering the Internet itself is only 30 years old and many professions today have Internet skills/capabilities tied to them, it makes perfect sense that the “skills gap” must exist.

Or does it not?

There are arguments to the contrary on the skills gap

Recently there have been a number of discussions on the idea that the skills gap never really existed, notably here and here. Continue reading

Guest Blog – Four Stats Recruiters Need To Know, Now

Have you been wondering what stats your recruiters need to know?

Thanks to the record-low unemployment rate, hiring and recruiting are more difficult than ever. Job-seekers have their pick of positions, so keeping your process as streamlined and efficient as possible is key to convincing candidates to choose your company.

The hiring process is often treated as an indicator of how the job itself will be. According to a recent CareerBuilder and SilkRoad survey, 68% of employees believe their experiences as job candidates reflect how the company treats its people.

That same survey found nearly half of employers reported it’s taking longer to fill jobs than ever before. Continue reading

What Applying To 140 Jobs Taught Us About The Candidate Experience At North American Banks

Candidate Experience at North American Banks

In 2019 we struggled to find current research on the candidate experience at North American banks, so we conducted our own!

We wanted to understand exactly what today’s candidates experience at every step of the job search. To uncover meaningful results, we applied to 140 jobs, at 35 different banks. This article provides a deep dive into the recruiting process of key financial institutions in the North American market. To close, this article also summarizes examples of great candidate experiences and areas for improvement.

You might be surprised by what we found.

The State Of High-Volume Hiring at Financial Institutions

As the finance sector continues to be a strong source of economic growth, recruiting for financial institutions faces a new set of challenges. Continue reading

HR Tech: A New Play For Financial Services

Have you ever considered HR tech in financial services?

You probably wouldn’t expect a large bank to dabble in HR technology. HR seems compliance-driven, and what banks do seems very revenue-driven. Those are often very different lines of business/business models. But banks are increasingly entering the HR space. Note this from The Wall Street Journal:

Investment banks better known for big trades and mega-mergers are descending from the C-suite to pitch for business managing companies’ employee-benefit programs. It isn’t a glamorous business but it offers the type of sticky, predictable revenue that bank shareholders want—and executives are willing to embrace—as core Wall Street businesses struggle. Continue reading

Can You Turn Employees Into Internal Customers?

Have you ever considered the idea that your employees are also your customers?

Let’s think through a new idea here: What if you started viewing your employees as internal customers? This might be a leap of thinking for a lot of people who run organizations, but it makes sense: employees work on the products and services that you ultimately sell for money. We tend to have developed strategies for our customers — customer service, customer success, customer experience — but our strategies around employees are less developed. Yes, we’ve talked more about employee experience and employee engagement in recent years, but we still spend way more time focused on customers than on employees. 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

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.

From their extensive analysis, Deloitte found three impressive insights regarding adoption of AI in enterprise: #1: Early adopters are ramping up their AI investments, launching more initiatives, and getting positive returns. Continue reading

The Big Value-Add AI Staffing Holds For Recruiters

There are two sides to most AI staffing discussions.

The first side is the business productivity one: 70% of staffing firm executives, for example, believe that AI staffing will play a role in improving recruitment.

Infosys completed a survey of 1,600 business and IT executives and most noted the potential of AI staffing, with 85% indicating they’d train employees on the benefits and uses of AI.

So that’s all good. There is legitimate potential for more recruiting productivity using AI staffing.

But the other side of the coin is the fearful one: if AI staffing truly gets to scale, will human recruiters be phased out? Continue reading

How AI Is Used To Reduce Bias In Hiring: CBC News – The National Interview

Artificial intelligence is gaining a lot attention in all areas of our lives including the workplace.

A Pew Research survey found that for U.S. adults who said they would want to apply for a job that used a computer program or algorithm to making hiring decisions, the #1 reason was because they believed it’d be more fair and less biased than humans.

Ji-A Min, Ideal‘s Head Data Scientist, spoke with Matthew Braga, CBC The National’s Senior Technology Reporter, for a story on how AI is being used to overcome bias in hiring.

See the full story below.

 

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3 Predictions For AI And Recruiting In 2019

2018 was undeniably the year of AI in recruiting.

And it looks like recruiters are embracing it: a recent survey from Jobvite finds that nearly 50% of recruiters feel positive about the effects of AI on their jobs while only 7% believe AI will have a negative effect.

In 2019? AI and automation are still going to be dominant themes in recruiting.

In 2018, most recruiting teams were familiarizing themselves with the concepts of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing. In 2019, we’ll see the maturation and mainstreaming of AI functions across the recruiting lifecycle.

Here are my top 3 predictions for AI and recruiting in 2019. Continue reading