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Smart Tech May 8, 2015
How to Use e-Learning to Boost Productivity

As the pace of change picks up for corporations worldwide, it becomes more and more important for employers to ensure that their employees are poised and ready to meet new challenges. A key way to do just that is by leveraging e-learning. On the Upside Learning blog, senior marketing communications manager Pranjalee Thanekar reports on the latest trends in bringing learners together...

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Smart Tech May 7, 2015
The Benefits of Modern Performance Management Software

Frustration. Anxiety. Boredom. Confusion.  If any of these emotions describe the process your company uses to administer performance reviews, there's a good chance those same emotions are found in both the reviewer and the reviewee. Recent research from Globoforce found that 53 percent of employees say performance reviews don't motivate them to work harder, and 63 of employees felt their...

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Smart Tech May 7, 2015
Are HR Analytics Right for Your Organization?

Human resources analytics are being embraced by more and more organizations these days. HR analytics can be especially helpful in spotting trends in your company, influencing hiring decisions, and identifying career development (i.e. employee retention) and promotion opportunities. Writing at TechTarget.com, Margaret Rouse says there's a need for human resources analytics because companies...

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Smart Tech May 5, 2015
Mobile-Optimized Career Sites: More Important Than Ever

On April 21st, Google made an important change to its search algorithm: mobile-friendliness now plays a bigger role in mobile search results. Mobile-friendly sites will rank higher in the results of searches carried out on mobile devices, whereas sites that don't play well with mobile technology will suffer a significant hit in their rankings. This change shouldn't exactly come as a...

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Smart Tech May 5, 2015
Have You Called Your HR Vendor Lately?

I love a good comedy. In fact, I even enjoy not-so-good comedies. I find myself quoting my favorite lines on a daily basis in response to what life throws my way. One of my favorites comes from Will Ferrell's character in the movie Zoolander: "They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" What does this have to do with HR? With staffing? With...

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Smart Tech May 4, 2015
5 Ways Talent Analytics Can Help Spot the Right Candidate

Big data and talent analytics are transforming the hiring process as we know it.  By definition, talent analytics is the practical application of big data techniques to human resources, taking into account the data of past, current, and potential employees to produce insight. With this insight, businesses can more easily identify top employee qualities and use this valuable information to hire...

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Smart Tech Apr 30, 2015
The Evolution of China's Talent in the Technology Sector

In the early 1980s, China was a huge unexplored market for investment. Many well-known multinational technology companies such as HP, IBM, and Motorola entered as pioneers into the Chinese market to reap the benefits of China's exponential growth. At the time, these large multinational companies hired experienced leaders from the four "Asian Tigers" (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South...

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Smart Tech Apr 29, 2015
Our Careers Are No Longer Linear — and Our Hiring Processes Are Stuck in the Past

Greg Moran, CEO of candidate screening company Chequed.com, says that he and many of the members of his age group -- slightly older than the millennials -- tended to view the application process the same way one might view buying a house. "It was long, it was painful, and thankfully, you didn't have to do it a lot," Moran jokes. "When you were in that process, you knew it wasn't going to...

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Smart Tech Apr 27, 2015
Grassroots Recruiting: Leverage Technology, but Keep It Simple

Recruiting local hourly candidates is a lot like scouting for a college or professional sports team. Professional scouts build relationships with coaches, schools, and organizations. They spend a lot of time researching and visiting the places where they know they have a high likelihood of finding great talent. Grassroots recruiting is very similar to scouting. It takes feet on the...

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Smart Tech Apr 24, 2015
Growing Up Digital: Redesigning Workplace Training for 'Generation Connected'

By 2020, "Generation Connected" or Gen. C, comprised of both millennials and Generation Z, will constitute the largest single group of consumers worldwide. The pervasiveness of Gen. C will also extend to the workforce, with millennials representing 46 percent of the entire U.S. workforce by 2020. Over the next five years, Gen. C's need for digital connection, collaboration, and...

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Smart Tech Apr 16, 2015
4 Long-Tail Keyword Tools You Need to Know About

You've heard it before: the Internet is the best way to reach the largest audience possible. When you're a new or relatively new HR tech company, ranking higher in Google search results feels impossible because you're competing against companies that have been online for ages. In June 2013, Chitika found that the No. 1 search result in Google's search rankings earned 33 percent of...

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Smart Tech Apr 10, 2015
Is Social Learning Better Than Formal Training? [Infographic]

Employees want learning and development opportunities. In fact, 8 out of 10 employees will leave an organization "if they don't receive the right training to perform their job effectively," according to a new infographic compiled by enterprise peer-to-peer learning platform showd.me And while employees want learning and development opportunities, formal training programs may not be the...

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Smart Tech Apr 6, 2015
Drip Marketing Best Practices for Recruiters

How to Automate Ongoing Candidate Outreach to Create More Touch Points, Build Authentic Relationships, and Fill Up Your Recruiting Funnel With Top Talent (Without All the Work) More companies are coming to the realization that sales and recruiting have quite a bit in common. Outside of the obvious audience variation -- potential customers vs. prospective employees -- the two fields share a...

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Smart Tech Apr 2, 2015
5 Ways to Reduce Costs of Corporate Training

Corporations must now pile more and more pressure on their internal learning and development (LD) processes in order to train underqualified and under-skilled workers. Why? Because the hiring process is failing to bring fully qualified talent through the door, thanks to chronic global talent shortages. A CareerBuilder study found that 49 percent of employers are planning to hire...

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Smart Tech Mar 30, 2015
3 Reasons to Invest in Posting and Promoting Job Ads on Social Media

Posting job advertisements to social media channels has become increasingly popular as networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter make it easier to reach passive candidates. Active candidates look to job boards and career pages for available positions, but social media job posts attract a broader audience. Ninety-three percent of recruiters are already using or plan to use social media to...

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Smart Tech Mar 27, 2015
The One Word Your ATS Can't Find: Potential

The skills gap, millennials, ill-preparedness: what other problems are you facing in today's talent-sourcing landscape? Seventy-five percent of business and HR leaders are struggling to attract and recruit the people they need -- but are those leaders overlooking a crucial candidate trait? Have recruiters and hiring managers forgotten about potential? According to Fast Company, "companies...

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Smart Tech Mar 25, 2015
Will Computer-Automated Hiring Ever Become the Norm?

Last week, during a networking group discussion about the rise of robot workers, I was introduced to the seemingly innocuous but strangely portentous phrase 'below the API'. It seems that, in this high-tech world, jobs are split into two classes: those above the API, and those below it. Above-the-API jobs are jobs related to writing software applications that perform tasks, and below-the-API...

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Smart Tech Mar 25, 2015
New Rules for Recruiting and HR: How Content Marketing and Video Are Transforming Talent Acquisition

Over the past year, HR thought leaders have embraced and adopted marketing techniques and strategies -- with good reason. The short supply of skilled laborers in many markets has forced organizations to aggressively identify and target both active and passive candidates, essentially promoting and differentiating their organizations and open positions from the competition. HR must now "act like...

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Smart Tech Mar 25, 2015
4 Great Hacks to Get Your Boss to Invest in HR Technology

We are in the midst of a technological boom, with new gadgets and tools constantly arriving to refine, improve, and elevate existing processes. While it's exciting to see all this progress, there are many frustrated HR professionals out there who struggle to get investment in HR technology initiatives. These pros are forced to sit and watch from the sidelines, working with a confusing mix of...

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Smart Tech Mar 24, 2015
Rise Above the Shortcomings of Your ATS

The ATS is the weapon of choice for many in the recruiting and hiring processes. And while it offers a lot of important functions -- cataloguing resumes, tracking candidate progress, measuring metrics like time-to-fill, etc. -- the ATS needs some supplemental help if recruiters are to compensate for its shortcomings, says Andrew Jacobson, founder and CEO of 360Candidate. According to Jacobson,...

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Smart Tech Mar 19, 2015
How Recruiting Analytics Takes Talent Acquisition From Gut to Great

The days of making recruiting decisions based on gut instincts alone are fading fast. An article published last year by the Harvard Business Review says that "humans are very good at specifying what's needed for a position and eliciting information from candidates -- but they're very bad at weighing the results." The authors found that simple computer algorithms outperform human...

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Smart Tech Mar 19, 2015
Big Data Points to Who Is Leaving and Who Is Staying

The use of data analytics could help you identify who might be prime for the picking for your recruitment efforts. The next time you cold call a prospect, consider asking them questions that could help them recognize the need to move onto greener pastures. A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled "The Algorithm That Tells the Boss Who Might Quit" focuses on how employers can spot which...

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Smart Tech Mar 18, 2015
4 Ways to Get Reluctant Staff to Adopt Your New HR Software

We live in an exciting world of business software, one in which it seems there is a new exciting piece of technology coming out every day. It's a world where consumers and journalists are constantly raving about the next big thing. As an HR professional, however, you may find yourself brought down to earth with a bang when you invest in and deploy some new HR technology only to find that...

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Smart Tech Mar 16, 2015
5 Ways to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge With Video Interviewing

You've just received a new job order, and you have the perfect candidate in mind. Unfortunately, after viewing the candidate's resume and looking over your notes, your client isn't convinced this person is right for the job. As the competition for top talent grows, recruiters and staffing pros must strive to set themselves apart in an effort to find quality talent and retain happy...

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Smart Tech Mar 13, 2015
Will Face-to-Face Interviewing Die Out?

Face-to-face interviewing is under attack from video interviewing -- just look at the statistics. Aberdeen Group has shown that while only 10 percent of companies used video interviewing in 2011, 42 percent were using it by 2012. As of January 2014, CNBC reports that roughly 63 percent of companies use video interviewing. Given the trends, it's likely the number is even higher today. As video...

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Smart Tech Mar 11, 2015
Knowledge Is Power: Tips on Data-Driven Decision-Making For Job Seekers and Employers

You'd be forgiven if you think of "data" as just another one of the recruiting industry's favorite buzzwords, meant to add a dignified sheen of "hard science" to processes that often rely on (unfairly maligned) softer skills. Think "big data," "data-driven," and similar, somewhat annoyingly overused phrases. You'd be forgiven, really -- but you'd also be making a terrible mistake. Data really...

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Smart Tech Mar 10, 2015
Harness the Power of Online Forms to Boost Your HR Efforts

It's hard to get excited about online forms, especially when your focus is on finding and retaining dynamic talent for your company. But by executing high-quality online forms, your HR department will become perhaps the single most indispensable asset to your company.  And the great thing is that upping your form game will not only help you attract employees, but hang on to them as well....

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Smart Tech Mar 9, 2015
Choosing the Best Employee Training Software for Your Business

Often, when businesses implement training programs, they use tools like PowerPoint, shared binders, and spreadsheets, making it difficult to track and verify the results of training programs. Fortunately, creating a robust training program does not have to be an impossible, time-consuming task. There are three major considerations you should take when you begin to vet training-software...

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Smart Tech Mar 4, 2015
Improve Your Video Interview Technology; Understand Your Candidates Better

The candidate looked great on paper. The resume was stellar, and she had all the right qualifications. So, you arrange to have her flown in from halfway across the country. You're excited to finally meet with her – but when you do, you know within five minutes that she's not the right fit. What's more, the candidate has already met with four or five other people before sitting down with...

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Smart Tech Feb 24, 2015
How to Help Candidates Stand Out During Video Interviews

Standing out and showing off one's best traits during a prerecorded video interview can be difficult. There are few questions to answer, limited time frames, and no chance for a back-and-forth exchange with interviewers. HR departments know that video and prerecorded technology is crucial to sorting through thousands of job applications and finding the right candidates. Fortunately,...

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Smart Tech Feb 18, 2015
How to Sell Your Job Ad with Video

Job descriptions can be a hassle. You know the kind of person you want at your company and what you want them to do. You have a picture in your mind's eye, and it's perfect. But when you sit down to write out the responsibilities, requirements, and qualifications for the job, something happens: suddenly, the job ad you've written doesn't feel like a proper representation of the job...

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Smart Tech Feb 17, 2015
Building a Better Funnel: Screening Applicants With 360Candidate

The hiring process, as it has been said before, is a bit like a funnel. In the initial stages, scores of candidates enter through the funnel's wide mouth as the company collects resumes. The funnel grows narrower as fewer and fewer candidates make it through the rounds of qualification assessments, interviews, background checks, and so on, until, finally, the company is left with (hopefully)...

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Smart Tech Feb 11, 2015
Convincing Your Boss: We Need Video Interviewing  

As a recruiting professional, you know all the levers to push and pull to improve hiring metrics and achieve a more candidate-centric hiring process. You've likely encountered stories about video interviewing and its effectiveness, and perhaps you want to implement video interviewing in your company. However, in enterprise organizations, it's not always easy to introduce change, even if...

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Smart Tech Jan 22, 2015
No More Stalling: Get a Better Mobile Website Now

If you're looking at your applications folder and wondering why it's a little slim, the reason might be your mobile website -- or lack thereof. Given that just one in four Fortune 500 companies even has a mobile-optimized website, it's tempting to think your corporation is ahead of the game simply by having one. Wrong! Seventy-two percent of job seekers want to receive job...

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Smart Tech Jan 21, 2015
What to Expect From HR Software in 2015

According to Human Resources Software UserView 2014, the latest report from technology consultants Software Advice, 89 percent of HR software users are either "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their software. This is good news for the HR software industry: people, it seems, are happy with their products. It should also motivate HR professionals who have yet to get with the times:...

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Smart Tech Jan 9, 2015
Modernizing Recruiting: Automation and Other Tools 

Automation: the core of the modern recruiter's processes. Without it, recruiters would not be able to handle the sheer number of candidates and resumes that cross their desks. Modern recruiting tools -- such as applicant tracking systems -- work by taking candidate information and parsing it before the recruiter sees it, thinning the candidate pool by up to 70 percent. Aside from...

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Smart Tech Jan 8, 2015
The New Age of Applicant Tracking Systems

My 19-year old son was recently applying online for a department store position. In discussing the outcome of his pursuit for a coveted job, I found it interesting that he applied at only two of the four companies he was targeting. When asked why, he said two of the employers had outdated steps that made the process too long and too much of a hassle.  Wow! A 19-year-old eager to find a job...

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Smart Tech Jan 8, 2015
8 Tips to Get Staff to Adopt Your New Hiring Software System (Part 2)

Thanks to the modern tidal wave of IT consumerism, the average worker has become more technology enabled than they have ever been. One would of course imagine that this newfound technophile status would translate to corporate recruiting teams, their mouths watering at the prospect of new hiring software systems to replace their legacy processes. Recent anecdotal evidence reported on the...

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Smart Tech Jan 7, 2015
8 Tips to Get Staff to Adopt Your New Hiring Software System (Part 1)

In the old days, when team principals tried to take corporate recruiters from legacy hiring systems and processes to new software-based integrated hiring systems, the culture shift was so great that it met with resistance from staff. However, with social media, smartphones, and other smart technologies (figuratively) coming out of their ears, the modern corporate recruiter is almost as...

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Smart Tech Jan 6, 2015
ATS Changes? Why Now Is the Best Time to Shop for a Video Interviewing Platform, Too

If you're part of the 60 percent of companies that planned to change HR/Human Capital Management (HCM) systems in 2014, we know where a lot of your time and attention has been focused this year. The last thing on your mind may be researching and purchasing a video interviewing solution. However, a change or upgrade to your applicant tracking system (ATS) is really the right time to acquire a...

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