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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

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

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

How AI Increases Female Representation in Tech

True fact: it really is possible for AI to increase female representation in tech.

Female representation in tech

Gender diversity in the tech industry has been a major issue for over two decades now.

The numbers don’t add up. The EEOC reports that women currently make up roughly 56% of the overall workforce. However, only about 28% of proprietary software jobs are currently held by women.

Why is it important to have women in tech?

Various reports, including one from Catalyst and one from McKinsey, have shown that companies with more female leadership tend to outperform both their market and their rivals. Continue reading

How To Get Off That Open Req Hamster Wheel

Are you struggling to have control over all of your open requisitions?

The problem and why it exists

True story: at a trade show in 2018, we met one recruiter from an organization in Florida who was outpacing all her colleagues in terms of billing by a factor of fifteen to one. Yes, it was third-party and not in-house, but her revenues were amazing. And none of her colleagues could figure it out. She never seemed to fill open reqs. How was she billing so much?

Short answer: she had the clients. But she was so good at building proactive pipelines that clients were coming to her before an open req and she was finding them the ideal person. Continue reading

Why Are You Working More Than 55 Hours/Week? (And How AI Can Help)

How does AI improve work-life balance?

Research has shown that about 55 hours of work per week is a hard ceiling on productivity.

We’ve probably all had weeks where we did work more than 55 hours and we’ve probably all had weeks where we didn’t, but told everyone we did (being “busy” is often glamorized in office settings). Interestingly, in the eyes of actual research, a person who works 54 hours/week is roughly as end-goal productive as someone who works 80 hours/week. Since we all want more time with friends, family, and Netflix, let’s look a little deeper into that gap. Continue reading

5 Important Stats On Candidate Experience: New CandE Research

Candidate experience is a top recruiting priority this year and there’s no better source of data on it than the Talent Board.

Their extension data collection has created invaluable benchmarks for organizations big and small. Overall, the winners of the CandE Awards demonstrate these best practices:

Listen and communicate more often. Set clear expectations about the recruiting process from pre-application to onboarding for candidates. Hold themselves more accountable for candidate experience and talent acquisition performance while measuring it regularly and consistently. Be perceived by candidates as having a fairer process (e.g., candidates believe they have been able to share why their knowledge, skills and experience deserves consideration for the jobs to which they have applied). Continue reading

How To improve Your Candidate Communication

Anyone in talent acquisition understands that applicants want to be communicated with.

The stats on this are everywhere:

CareerBuilder found 84% of applicants expect some type of email response early in the hiring process.

Software Advice found the top requests of job seekers were:

More communication Notification if passed over Timeline of hiring process Human contact after application Timeliness of replies

Unsurprisingly, 4 of the top 5 aspects that candidates want improved involve better communication.

So why don’t we communicate better? Time.

We’re managing too many open requisitions and have too much on our plate and only a certain number of hours in the day. Continue reading

What Candidates Want In 2018: 4 Insights From Indeed

You’ve heard it over again: recruiting is now candidate-driven and talent pools are only getting tighter.

So what’s a resource-strapped recruiter to do? Arm yourself with the latest data on what candidates want, of course.

Indeed recently surveyed 2500 employees and here are the top 4 recruiting insights from their research. Watch our video summarizing the data below:

 

Candidate insight #1: Money isn’t everything

Indeed found only 12% of employees surveyed cited salary as an important factor in their job.

Not only that, although many reported feeling underpaid, 55% stated they would consider turning down a pay rise if it meant a work environment they disliked or working with employees they didn’t get along with. Continue reading

3 Effective Ways To Collect Candidate Experience Feedback

Recently, I read an amazing HROS case study by Johnny Sanchez, Head of Recruiting & Onboarding at Hot Topic, on how he and his team completely transformed their onboarding process. One detail that stuck out to me on how he did it was by “surveying hires over the previous six months.”

With all the attention being paid to improving candidate experience, one obvious strategy should be top of mind: are you collecting feedback from your actual candidates? Here are 3 effective ways you can collect feedback to improve your candidate experience.

1. Using a chatbot as a candidate feedback tool

Sutherland, an IT service provider, built its own chatbot, Tasha, as a communication tool for their  candidates. Continue reading