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Smart Tech Feb 1, 2016
6 Things to Look for in a New ATS

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What would you say is the most important thing for a recruiter to look for in an ATS? Advanced search capabilities? An...

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Smart Tech Feb 1, 2016
The 4 Keys to a Winning Mobile Hiring Strategy

By now, you've probably seen the statistics. Depending on which study you consult, between 25 and 40 percent of all job seekers are incorporating mobile technology into their job hunt. Among those job seekers who own smartphones, the numbers are even more impressive. According to a 2014 Glassdoor report, 9 in 10 job seekers reported they would use mobile to search and apply for jobs in 2015....

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Smart Tech Jan 21, 2016
How Automating Your Review Process Can Save You Thousands

Many companies have recently begun to reevaluate how they review employee performances, coming up with all sorts of potential improvements to the traditional performance review. But no matter what, most business leaders can agree on one thing: They need to know how well their employees are fulfilling company objectives. Increasingly, these two goals – more efficient, cost-effective...

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Smart Tech Jan 18, 2016
Do You Love Your ATS? Your Candidates Probably Hate It

According to research from Capterra, which offers software-buying advice for businesses, roughly 75 percent of recruiters and hiring professionals use some sort of ATS or similar recruiting software. For the most part, recruiters and hiring pros are happy with their software: Capterra also found that 94 percent of them say their hiring software has been a net benefit for the hiring...

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Smart Tech Jan 18, 2016
How to Use Mobile Apps for Your Recruitment and Candidate Marketing

Thanks to advances in the tech sector, the process of finding, recruiting, and hiring great candidates has been accelerated in recent years. Social media, for example, has made it a lot easier for companies to identify and reach out to candidates. The adoption of social media in the recruiting process has gone hand and hand with another development: the rise of mobile technology,...

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Smart Tech Jan 14, 2016
The New Age of Onboarding: Why It's Time to Ditch the Classroom

If you're looking for new ideas about how to onboard your employees, you may need to take a step back. This is especially true if you're still onboarding in a classroom or classroom-style setting. Many companies still like to run their new hires through a number of classroom exercises before they get down to work, but this process is outdated and costly. There are newer, better methods for...

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Smart Tech Jan 8, 2016
Turn Your Smartphone Into a Professional Development Powerhouse

Professional development opportunities are important to today's workforce, especially the millennials who comprise a significant portion of the contemporary talent market. When it comes to such development, more and more employers and employees are pushing for self-directed, informal learning opportunities instead of the more rigid formal programs that used to be the standard. Indeed,...

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Smart Tech Jan 7, 2016
Can't Afford Competitive Health Benefits? Now You Can

For large companies, identifying the right health plans and benefits options to offer employees can be pretty simple: Just bring in an HR and benefits consultant to collect and analyze the right data, and – presto! – your expert consultant will help your organization pick the right plans in no time. If, on the other hand, you run a startup or small or medium-sized business (SMB),...

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Smart Tech Jan 6, 2016
5 Hiring Experts on Their Favorite Hiring Software

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: There are plenty of software solutions out there. From the trusty ATS, to psychometric assessments, to talent pipelining...

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Smart Tech Dec 17, 2015
How to Measure Your Organization's 'Velocity'

"Ten years ago, you hired the top people from the top schools," says Deidre Paknad, CEO and cofounder of Workboard, which offers tech-based goal-management solutions. "Your design strategy for organizational advantage was IQ." According to Paknad, this strategy just isn't going to cut it in today's business climate, where it's all about "sprinting." "In the world we live in now, the very...

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Smart Tech Dec 9, 2015
Is Text Messaging a Viable Way to Recruit?

In today's hyper-competitive talent market, many recruiting teams are starting to think outside of the box. Thanks to rising quotas and shrinking budgets, more and more recruiters are looking for creative ways to leverage existing technology to improve their recruiting efforts. Consider, for example, how recruiters turned social media into the hottest new talent acquisition tool just a few...

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Smart Tech Dec 3, 2015
4 Business Benefits of Using a Job Matching System

You keep hiring the candidate who looks great on paper and does very well in the interview. Sounds like the right way to go, doesn't it? But as soon as the hire begins their new role, you realize they were definitely not the right choice. What did you miss? How did this happen? What you need is a tool that can fill in the blanks for you so that right candidate – in personality and on...

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Smart Tech Nov 2, 2015
9 Tools to Improve Your Business Writing Skills

There is one thing that job hunters often neglect: The way you express yourself in written form can determine the course of your career. You don't have to be a writer, blogger, or content marketer to be interested in boosting your business writing skills. You'll benefit from these efforts regardless of the career you're committed to. One way of improving your written communication skills is...

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Smart Tech Oct 23, 2015
How One Company Is Helping GED Students Find the Jobs They Want

According to the GED Testing Service, 65 percent of those who pass the GED took the test to "further their education." The problem, however, is that only 43 percent of these students actually go on to enroll in postsecondary education programs, and a scant 12 percent actually complete those postsecondary programs. Aaron Michel, cofounder and CEO of career navigation and education software...

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Smart Tech Oct 22, 2015
Are You Using HR Technology the Right Way?

The recruiting industry has been rather welcoming to new HR technology, but in the rush to reach candidates, have we forgotten that technology should enhance -- not replace --human connections? Candidates don't join organizations because their HR technology replaces a personal experience; they join organizations because of connections. These connections are formed during the candidate...

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Smart Tech Oct 5, 2015
Does Your Startup Have the Right Software to Really Kick Butt? [Infographic]

Can a startup succeed in 2015 without the right software tools? Probably not, to be honest. Given that the average employee checks email about 50 times a day, you'll need a solid email client. You'll probably need an instant messaging program, too, because most employees use instant messaging 77 times a day. And what about managing sales leads? You can either ask your employees to juggle...

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Smart Tech Oct 2, 2015
Don't Leave Networking Up to Employees — Your Business Can Network, Too

"It's all about who you know." It may be the most shopworn piece of career and life advice of all time, but there's good reason why this little aphorism gets tossed around so frequently and with such confidence. If you want to succeed in life in any capacity, you need to make the right connections. See, for example, the fact that roughly 80 percent of jobs are landed through...

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Smart Tech Oct 2, 2015
5 Ways to Get Your Reluctant Boss on Board With New HR Tech

You're ready to try some new HR tech, but your boss isn't listening. Every time you bring it up, they brush it off, tell you they'll "think about it," or flat out shut you down. Low-quality leadership is an industry-wide problem that's stunting the growth of recruiting and HR departments around the world. A recent survey of 1,000 employees conducted by Approved Index found that the...

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Smart Tech Sep 28, 2015
7 Practical Ways Gamification Can Help Your Business

Given that more than two-thirds of U.S. employees are disengaged, engagement initiatives remain high on most corporate agendas. While there is nothing particularly new about this engagement problem -- it's been around and unsolved for quite a while now -- one thing has changed: the tools available to combat disengagement. The arrival of new motivational technologies -- especially...

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Smart Tech Sep 11, 2015
Is Your Company Making These 5 Crucial Mistakes on Social Media?

"If you don't like what is being said, then change the conversation." -- Don Draper, Mad Men The number of ways in which one can market a company is limited only by the imaginations marketing professionals. Despite the best intentions of mailers, flyers, commercials, spots, billboards, and other promotions, far too many companies are tuning out newer media channels, thereby running the...

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Smart Tech Sep 9, 2015
5 Easy Ways to Make Your HR-Tech White Papers More Exciting

You've created what you believe to be an awesome white paper on the latest trends within the human resources industry. It's informative, insightful, and an overall good read for anyone in HR -- and even people who aren't! But is it really? In a world of data-overload, the time spent researching and drafting content for white papers can sometimes go to waste. So, why bother? Well, as it...

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Smart Tech Sep 8, 2015
Digital Interviews: How to Attract, Engage, and Retain Top Talent

In today's candidate-driven market, 75 percent of candidates identify themselves as passive candidates. Very few candidates are knocking on recruiters' doors, looking for work. Recruiters must now work extra hard to attract, engage, and retain top talent. Digital interviews can help recruiters identify top talent in the applicant pool and push those candidates through the interviewing...

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Smart Tech Sep 4, 2015
Recruiting Tools: Spend a Little, Gain a Lot

The American economy is in recovery, but if you're in a sector that requires heavily skilled workers, you could be facing long-vacant positions and a lack of qualified workers. According to ManpowerGroup's annual "Talent Shortage Survey," employers in industries such as construction, IT, and engineering are having trouble recruiting the right candidates. This talent shortage is costing...

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Smart Tech Aug 31, 2015
How to Make the Most Out of Your ATS: What You Need to Know

There are a lot of reasons you love your applicant tracking system (ATS). It makes things easier on your HR staff, it helps you find candidates from an array of sources, and it keeps the hiring process organized. But, if you're like many others -- that is, fighting to find the most talented candidates in today's competitive job market -- you may also have reason to hate your ATS. In Jibe's...

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Smart Tech Aug 25, 2015
3 Social Media Myths Made True by Video Interviewing

It's been almost a decade since social media hit its stride, and companies are still grappling with how to get the most out of this multi-faceted mode of communication. Now, another technology -- video interviewing -- is also hitting its stride. What happens when these two technologies collide? Some interesting synergies, that's for sure. Some video interviewing solutions now feature...

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Smart Tech Aug 24, 2015
3 Smart Ways to Build Links That Won't Make You Look Spammy

You want to drive more traffic to your site, but you also don't want to your Web content to look spammy. Search engines like Google are striving hard to help searchers find what they're looking for by filtering out all the nonsense -- and if you and Google are on the same page, your SEO strategy will go much more smoothly. You can build inbound links with integrity and boost your Web...

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Smart Tech Aug 17, 2015
How the New York Times Is Keeping Print Job Ads Relevant in 2015

Honestly, that's not a headline I ever expected to write. Amid the clamor of the champions of today's most tech-savvy recruiting tactics -- from programmatic ad-buying to growth hacker marketing and inbound recruiting -- I and plenty of others have long assumed that newspaper "help wanted" ads were pretty much dead. I wasn't surprised when the New York Times announced T Jobs. A...

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Smart Tech Aug 12, 2015
4 Leaders Influencing HR Technology Today

The leaders of HR technology run in a tightly knit circle, and together, they are constantly shaping the way technology impacts everyday HR practitioners. The following four leaders in HR technology dominate the social sphere through their active blogs, columns, and talkshows, and they all guide and influence the ways we think about technology in HR. 1. Bill Kutik Bill Kutik is a...

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Smart Tech Aug 7, 2015
Talent, Tools, and Time: Why So Few Companies Act on Big Data

In a recent survey, Scout Exchange found that 57 percent of HR professionals "felt that using big data principles was better than relying on their 'gut'" -- and that only 16 percent of these same HR professionals were actually using big data to review hiring trends. According to Scout Exchange CEO Ken Lazarus, there are a few reasons for this disconnect -- not the least of which is the fact...

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Smart Tech Aug 4, 2015
3 Secrets of Video Interview Software

There are many reasons to adopt video interview software in your hiring process, but some of the hidden benefits don't seem to get much airtime. Having watched thousands of organizations modernize their hiring processes, we'll unveil the hidden benefits that aren't always talked about. The Two-Minute Disqualification Ever meet a candidate whom you knew would disqualified from the hiring process...

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Smart Tech Jul 31, 2015
Training the Sharpest Tools in the Shed

It's almost harvest season in Indiana. That means business -- quite literally. It's the beginning of a new quarter, and there is plenty of fresh clientele to pick from the prospective fields. But harvesting the right clients means setting the groundwork with the sharpest tools in the shed. Yes, that was one huge gardening metaphor for recruiting and training great people -- but a good...

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Smart Tech Jul 23, 2015
Why Machine Learning Is a Job Seeker's Best Friend

Jobandtalent is a job-matching platform based in London and Madrid. Given the company's recently announced plans to expand into the U.S., we thought now would be a good time to talk to cofounder and CEO Juan Urdiales about what his company does and why he believes  job matching, rather than job searching, will soon be the new normal. When we talk about the passive vs. active candidate...

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Smart Tech Jul 21, 2015
What Millennials Want Employers to Know About Social Media

It's the age of millennials. As of Q1 of 2015, this generation has surpassed Gen. X as the largest group in the U.S. labor force, according to Pew Research Center. There's no doubt they're changing the shape of the modern workplace, so companies have to make sure they can keep up. One of the most radical differences between today's workplace and that of previous generations is the...

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Smart Tech Jul 20, 2015
Social Needs to Get Personal

Ed. Note: This begins a series of posts from Richard Weaver of My Expert People on the world of social recruiting. Be on the lookout for parts two and three, coming soon! Social recruiting has been one of the big stories in hiring over the past few years. Led by LinkedIn, social networks are routinely used to increase reach, spread news of jobs, and/or actively identify potential...

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Smart Tech Jul 17, 2015
4 Cold Email Formulas That You Need to Know About

First cold calls, now cold emails. For HR-tech companies trying to expand their professional networks and gain exposure for their products or services, cold emailing is essential to branching out. Unfortunately, no one really likes being bombarded with unsolicited emails. In fact, according to MailChimp's July 2015 Email Marketing Benchmarks, companies within the business and finance...

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Smart Tech Jul 15, 2015
How Slack Improved Our Company Culture

My company, a commercial real estate brokerage with 15 people, uses Slack, and we have found it to be an integral part of not only our community culture, but also our day-to-day functioning and productivity. At TheSquareFoot, we opted for an open floor plan. We love how this layout fosters a strong sense of community and openness for our team. It encourages daily check-ins, collaboration, and...

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Smart Tech Jul 13, 2015
Building a Better Employee Engagement Tool

"Employee engagement, at the moment, is in a weird situation," says Marcus Buckingham, a researcher, author, speaker, and head of the Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC). You're likely already aware of the dismal state of employee engagement in the U.S. and abroad, but the "weird" situation of which Buckingham speaks goes much further beyond that. In his opinion, we have more than just an employee...

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Smart Tech Jul 13, 2015
5 Ways to Use Big Data to Get Scientific About Recruiting

As a discipline, recruiting has always been on the front lines of competitive strategy for any business: finding the talent to execute the vision while providing valuable insight back to the business on how factors influencing hiring and ongoing cultivation of talent might impact company development. Recruiters are key to finding the people who will execute their company's vision, and are...

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Smart Tech Jul 8, 2015
What Employees Want From Your Learning Management System

Once associated with compliance training and the somewhat dreary task of onboarding new employees, learning management systems (LMS) are currently being reinvented as employee engagement tools. And given how disengaged much of the global workforce is these days -- according to Gallup, only 31.5 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs -- some might say this reinvention is long...

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Smart Tech Jun 30, 2015
Why You Probably Shouldn't Handle Your Own Payroll

On the face of it, it seems like a great idea. If you're an entrepreneur or small-business owner, your young and/or comparatively tiny company may not be able to afford hiring a payroll specialist. Outsourcing your payroll operations may also be off the table, for the same reason. So, what's a business owner to do? Well, you could just handle the payroll yourself. You don't have that many...

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Smart Tech Jun 29, 2015
3 Ways to Decrease Your Company's Turnover Rate

The dreaded turnover rate. That's one of those percentages we don't like to see increase regularly. Losing employees and onboarding new ones is costly and exhausting. Here are a few ways to halt your growing turnover rate: 1. Offer Employees the Opportunity to Grow No employee wants to feel stuck. Have a conversation with your employees about their roles and goals during the...

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Smart Tech Jun 25, 2015
Will Algorithms Soon Make All the Big HR Decisions?

For a long time now, HR has enjoyed a relatively unchallenged position. It makes sense, of course: if you have questions about or issues regarding hiring, firing, employee engagement, or retention, who else would you go to but HR? But things are beginning to change: HR departments suddenly have competition, thanks to algorithms that can use big data to make decisions -- decisions that...

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Smart Tech Jun 25, 2015
Meet the Talent Acquisition Technology Ecosystem

The world of talent acquisition technology is a wide one. Applicant tracking systems; candidate relationship management tools; employee referral platforms; psychometric tools: the list of talent acquisition technologies seems ever-lengthening, winding through the industry like the sleek body of a never-ending python. And the landscape of this wide world is always shifting: new tools arise in...

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Smart Tech Jun 18, 2015
Teach Your Employees About Career-Boosting Email Habits

If there's one element of the workplace that is common to us all, it is email. From CEOs to interns, we are all email users. In fact, the recent "FewClix Email Time Suck Survey" conducted by Kelton Global found that the average American spends 90 minutes with email every day! Pew Research found that 61 percent of professionals view email as a "very important" workplace...

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Smart Tech Jun 18, 2015
Programmatic Advertising: a Better Way to Place Job Ads?

Over the past seven or eight years, programmatic advertising has become the marketer's best friend. Compared to other methods of buying ads, programmatic advertising delivers dramatically higher returns on investment, and it allows for a more targeted approach to placing ads in front of the right audiences. It should come as no surprise, then, that more and more marketers are turning to...

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Smart Tech Jun 1, 2015
Employers Are Crowdsourcing Coding: Here's Why

Companies lacking the skills or manpower to complete coding projects usually onboard a new employee or contract a freelancer. However, there's a third, more cost-effective option for one-off projects: crowdsourcing. The strategy seems risky, because it relies on complete strangers, but it works well for nonprofits and enterprises alike. In the context of coding work, crowdsourcing involves...

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Smart Tech May 13, 2015
Swipe Right to Recruit Your Next Candidate

Just as we share files through the virtual pipelines, we want (and need) recruitment software to be easy and efficient. Following wider trends in the consumerization of technology, members of the HR field now demand quick and simple platforms. Attention spans are shrinking, and recruiters, candidates, and HR professionals are not immune. As a result, many would rather adopt "plug and...

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Smart Tech May 12, 2015
Why Paperless Onboarding Rules

According to research from the Aberdeen Group, only 21 percent of companies said improving the candidate experience was a top priority for 2014. And yet, turnover and employe engagement are huge problems. Could great candidate experiences and proper onboarding help solve these problems? Every handshake, smile, paper signed, and mission statement read is part of the first impression a company...

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