Smart Tech May 8, 2019
The No. 1 Threat to Cybersecurity? Your Employees

Hackers and malware are formidable foes, but employees are the biggest threat to your company's cybersecurity, according to a recently published study. A complacent or poorly trained employee can undermine even the strongest security protocols with a single mistake. Lost or stolen hardware, weak passwords, and other bad habits lead to more data breaches each year than cyberattacks. The...

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Smart Tech Apr 30, 2019
Technology as a Work Perk: Your Recruiters Want Better Software, Not More Happy Hours

The conversation around employee perks and benefits usually centers on the competition between big tech companies that can afford in-office slides, free meals, and weekly dolphin rides — or whatever the latest fad in employee engagement is. However, recent studies show less may actually be more when it comes to perks and benefits. Employees increasingly yearn for simple things like...

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Smart Tech Apr 29, 2019
Explaining AI: What Talent Acquisition Pros Need to Know About Machine Learning and More

With artificial intelligence (AI) progressing by leaps and bounds, there has been a lot of talk about what it all could mean for the way we work. These conversations have been especially persistent in industries like recruiting, where key processes have long been very focused on human-to-human activity. AI can offer solutions to many of the most common challenges recruiters and hiring...

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Smart Tech Apr 26, 2019
12 HR Tech Tool Recommendations From a Talent Acquisition Veteran

Jay Curry, president and founder of TalentRobot, is an experienced recruiting and HR leader who has spent a lot of time in house. Recently, he launched his own business, which has given him the chance to glimpse the inside workings of many different organizations. Curry's experience with a wide range of companies gives him unique insight into HR tech. That's why I recently caught up with...

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Smart Tech Apr 24, 2019
There's Gold in Your ATS — But Can You Mine It?

Whether you realize it or not, there's gold buried inside your applicant tracking system (ATS) or candidate relationship management (CRM) system — candidate gold. And yet, despite the enormous investments organizations are making in their recruitment and hiring processes, valuable data is too often cast aside to languish within these software tools. Highly skilled silver-medal...

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Smart Tech Apr 22, 2019
For Best Sourcing Results, Blend the Old-School Approach With the New

It can be difficult to keep up with all the new tools, technology, and trends entering the sourcing industry every day. However, rather than looking at these developments as challenges, recruiters may do well to view them as opportunities to become better, more effective professionals. Here are a few ideas to help you supplement your sourcing strategies with new tools and tech: Invest...

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Smart Tech Apr 17, 2019
Recruitment's 'Magic Window': The Power of the First 72 Hours

Recruiting is no longer a waiting game. Thanks to a healthy job market and an increasingly limited talented pool, recruiters are now racing to find, engage, and secure candidates. From the moment an application is received, recruiters are on the clock to make the first move, schedule interviews, and even make an offer. What's more, many employers are trying to get it all done within 72...

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Smart Tech Apr 12, 2019
AI Is Here, But There's No Need for Recruiters to Worry

Many people are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) is going to take their jobs or somehow make the world a scarier place to live. While there may be some cause for concern — especially in the distant future, which our limited predictive powers can't quite glimpse — as far as we can tell for now, AI is mostly going to change the world for the better. This cutting-edge...

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Smart Tech Apr 3, 2019
3 Reasons to Adopt Text-Based Recruiting Today

More businesses are hanging up on phone interviews and starting conversations with candidates via text message instead. From Silicon Valley tech businesses recruiting engineers to Midwest construction companies in need of welders, a wide variety of organizations are seeing better results when they trade phone screens for text message interviews. The switch to text-based recruiting may...

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Smart Tech Apr 1, 2019
4 Ways AI Makes Recruiting More Human

It seems like we simply cannot stop talking about artificial intelligence (AI). AI has dominated the headlines over the last few years, and it has slowly become inescapable even in our personal lives. Gartner predicts 85 percent of all customer service interactions will involve chatbots by 2020. What's more, the research firm has even boldly forecasted that the average person will...

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Smart Tech Apr 1, 2019
Evaluating Recruiting Technologies: 10 Features to Consider Before You Buy

People are the absolute bedrock of success at any company, and recruiting is an essential component of building that foundation. To make sure your company is finding the best talent, you need to be using the best tools. Nobody wants to lag behind the times. Given the rapid pace of technological innovation in the talent acquisition industry, it's a good idea to reevaluate the technologies...

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Smart Tech Mar 29, 2019
How Your ATS Can Help — or Hurt — Your Recruitment Marketing

When most people talk about their "recruitment software ecosystems," they basically just mean their applicant tracking systems (ATSs). In the best situations, the ATS is just the beginning, and it is integrated with further layers of smart technology to make the recruiter's life easier. Often, however, that ecosystem is just a black box that magically spits out resumes based on a hiring...

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Smart Tech Mar 27, 2019
How to Address 4 Major Corporate Training Mistakes

Even when you think your learning management system (LMS) is doing what it should, your LMS metrics can indicate unsatisfactory trends. The most obvious case is getting subpar user feedback, which is fairly common. In one survey, only 39 percent of respondents were highly satisfied with their LMSs' feature sets. Other signals may include low training completion rates, low frequency of...

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Smart Tech Mar 25, 2019
Digital Optimism: How AI Will Put the 'Human' Back Into 'Human Resources' in 2019

In the war for talent, the field of human resources is the front line for innovation. To beat the competition and hire top-tier candidates, HR departments must leverage the right technology to get things done fast, while still retaining the human touch that is critical to recruiting and retention success. Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, digital platforms...

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Smart Tech Mar 25, 2019
Candidate Submission Response Time: The Roadkill of ATSs

Ask almost any recruiter what the most frustrating part of their job is, and they will likely tell you it is waiting for the hiring authority to get back to them with a decision on a candidate submission. As applicant tracking systems (ATSs), job boards, and other software solutions have automated more and more of the submission process, the greatest casualty has been the direct connection...

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Smart Tech Mar 15, 2019
The 6 Skills Your Workforce Needs to Weather Digital Transformation

Bleeding-edge digital tech like big data, artificial intelligence, automation, virtual reality, and augmented reality is transforming the workplace at a dizzying pace. Every day, it seems we hear news of some high-profile, labor-intensive process finally being streamlined — or even replaced completely — through slick automated systems. New technologies are opening the doors to new...

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Smart Tech Mar 8, 2019
8 Ways Technology Is Changing Performance Management

Performance reviews have long been integral to performance management, but recent technological developments have revolutionized the way reviews are handled, how feedback is given, and how employees are engaged. How has HR tech turned outdated review processes into effective performance management? Here is just a small survey of the biggest innovations in this domain: 1. Face-to-Face...

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Smart Tech Mar 1, 2019
3 HR Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

From moving to the cloud to the rise of mobile and big data, HR pros have watched the HR tech stack evolve by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. As 2019 gets into full swing, many pros are now asking where HR tech will go next. This is a vital question we should all be trying to answer. People don't work in the same ways as they used to. The business world has changed, and HR...

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Smart Tech Feb 28, 2019
7 Innovative Recruitment Software Solutions to Adopt in 2019

As the technological and cultural landscape has changed, so has the face of recruiting. Today's recruiters face many challenges their predecessors never did, from attracting candidates in a global talent pool to harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) without undermining human insight and making sense of complex data sets at scale. Thankfully, today's recruiters also have...

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Smart Tech Feb 25, 2019
As Candidate Sourcing Evolves, We Need to Hold Onto the Human Touch

Over the years, candidate sourcing tactics have evolved dramatically. We've transitioned from the old-school brute-force methods of manually identifying candidates to smarter, more technologically driven processes. However, while artificial intelligence (AI) and automation can speed up many of the tasks on a recruiter's to-do list, sourcing seems to remain as taxing as ever. This is...

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Smart Tech Feb 15, 2019
HR Technology 101: An Authoritative Glossary of Common Terms

Wondering what on earth the difference is between an applicant tracking system (ATS) and an HRIS? Trying to figure why your career in human resources now seems mired in technical terms like these? Don't fear — we put together the following glossary to help you get a firm grasp on what best-of-breed HR technology vendors are talking about when they start spouting jargon: 1....

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Smart Tech Feb 8, 2019
The Very Real Dangers of AI — and How HR Tech Vendors Can Fight Them

After working with a lot of organizations in the recruitment artificial intelligence (AI) space, one thing I've realized is that HR and talent acquisition pros are not necessarily welcoming these tools with open arms. In fact, many of them are actively against using AI for recruiting and hiring until some of their fears can be addressed. One fear people often cite is the fear that AI...

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Smart Tech Feb 4, 2019
The Secret to Low-Stress Recruiting Events: Update Your ATS

Recently, there has been talk of applicant tracking systems (ATSs) becoming obsolete. These conversations often sound incredibly dreary, and many HR managers and recruiters are left wondering what on earth will be next. However, the truth is that ATSs won't disappear. Instead, they and other HR technologies will surely stick around — but only after being transformed into more useful,...

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Smart Tech Jan 30, 2019
Recruiting Via Text Message: 6 Ways SMS Can Help You Hire Better

Recruiters spend a lot of time researching the right candidates for a job and even more time reaching out to those candidates, so it's no surprise they become frustrated when candidates ignore their emails and LinkedIn messages. While these tried and tested communication methods can be great for engaging high-demand candidates, they aren't always the best option. People today are busier...

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Smart Tech Jan 18, 2019
3 Ways Technology Can Help Recruiters Assess Candidate Soft Skills

According to a Deloitte report, talent acquisition (TA) teams that use AI, predictive data analytics, and other advanced technology tools are more successful than those that don't. Despite this fact, the adoption of new technologies tends to proceed at a slower pace in recruiting relative to other aspects of a business. While technology can make outreach more efficient, decrease time to...

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Smart Tech Jan 14, 2019
7 Reasons Your Company Needs to Adopt Video Interviewing Software in 2019

Video interviewing software has been available for a decade now, but only 60 percent of recruiters and hiring managers use the technology. If your company hasn't tried the software yet, you're missing out on a great opportunity to find better candidates and make your recruiting process more efficient. Here are seven reasons why 2019 is the year you should give video interviewing a...

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Smart Tech Jan 10, 2019
7 Essential Tech Tools for a Successful Remote Business

Businesses large and small, old and new are embracing remote work these days. Given the benefits that such an arrangement can provide in terms of morale, engagement, and productivity, it's no surprise remote work has proven quite popular. A Gallup poll found 43 percent of Americans work remotely occasionally, and it has been predicted that 50 percent of the UK workforce will work remotely...

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Smart Tech Jan 10, 2019
Winning the War for Talent: It All Depends on AI

While some recruiters and HR pros are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) is replacing them, those enjoying the most success are those working alongside AI. In fact, companies using AI-driven recruiting technology have been able to cut the cost per screen by as much as 75 percent while reducing turnover by 35 percent. The average recruiter spends 13 hours every week sourcing...

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Smart Tech Jan 9, 2019
How Mobile Apps Will Change the Way You Manage High-Volume Recruiting Events

Event management is a difficult skill to master, even for the most experienced of recruiters. However, it's also a necessary skill for any talent acquisition team looking to succeed at a high-volume recruiting event. Luckily, we live during a time of intense technological innovation. Mobile apps are changing everything — including the way recruiters manage high-volume recruiting events....

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Smart Tech Jan 7, 2019
Why AI Can't Eliminate Bias From Recruiting by Itself

If you haven't heard already, AI can have a bias — if you make it biased. What we mean by this is AI algorithms are supposed to be unbiased. but if they're created by people with unconscious biases they have the potential to adopt them into their programming (even if it wasn't intentional). As AI, machine learning and predictive analytics infiltrate every aspect of the recruiting...

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Smart Tech Dec 10, 2018
How Candidate Rediscovery Gives Recruiters the Edge

For years, recruiters have sought the secret to getting an unbeatable competitive edge in the talent market. Finally, they may have found it, thanks to new technology that uses AI to rediscover candidates in recruiters' existing talent pools. Your preexisting candidate database can be a potent tool for filling positions with the most qualified individuals in less time. Indeed, talent...

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Smart Tech Dec 7, 2018
Baking Success Into Your Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Have you ever cooked something that came out tasting not quite right? When you double-checked the recipe and ingredients, you might have realized you had swapped sugar for salt or that the meat had gone bad. Having the right, fresh ingredients can make or break a meal. The principle is the same for successful cybersecurity awareness training programs, and the depressing truth is failure...

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Smart Tech Dec 7, 2018
Mobile Gaming: The Secret to More Engaging Employee Training

Two trends in eLearning are converging, and this new combination might be the perfect recipe for success in employee development. On one hand, companies are increasingly moving toward mobile learning management systems (LMS). Workers today rely on their smartphones for anything and everything — including their own professional development — and employers want to ensure their own...

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Smart Tech Dec 6, 2018
Can You Create an Automated Onboarding Process in House?

The current scarcity of skilled workers has forced modern HR departments to stop wasting time on paperwork and focus on the work that matters most: recruiting and retaining world-class talent. Given that as much as 20 percent of staff turnover happens during an employee's first 45 days on the job, it's clear that stronger onboarding processes must play a significant role in this...

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Smart Tech Dec 4, 2018
The 9 Defining Characteristics of the CV of the Future

If you were to ask me today to leave the house, go to a store, rent a video, go home, watch it, and then go back to the store and return it, I would think you were living in another century. I wouldn't even remember that was exactly how I used to do it myself not that long ago. Let's take dating as another example. Remember how online dating used to require filling out dozens if not...

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Smart Tech Dec 4, 2018
Recruiting and AI: The Symbiosis of Human and Machine

It's rare that a day goes by without new headlines singing the praises or debating the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning. Many industries have transformed, thanks to these technologies, and the recruiting industry is no exception. AI can already parse an avalanche of resumes faster than you can take a selfie — which raises the question:...

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Smart Tech Nov 30, 2018
High-Volume Recruiting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Before the talent acquisition technology boom, recruiting was a lot simpler. There weren't a ton of choices in terms of tech, tools, or tactics, so employers more or less used the same approaches, with slight variations here or there. In today's HR and recruiting tech space, however, things have gotten a little more complex. This is especially true for high-volume recruiting, where...

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Smart Tech Nov 19, 2018
Blockchain Developers: Should You Go Onshore or Offshore?

Blockchain caught the world's attention when Bitcoin, the world's first decentralized digital currency, started grabbing the headlines. Since then, however, blockchain has proven to be much more than cryptocurrencies. Once enterprises realized the true potential of this industry-agnostic, decentralized, distributed, digital public ledger, the demand for blockchain developers skyrocketed....

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Smart Tech Nov 14, 2018
How Managers Can Embrace Data-Driven Decision-Making

Every organization claims to be data-driven. That makes sense, considering data is the new oil: It's the resource every enterprise needs to control in order to keep the wheels of production turning. Indeed, data is fundamental, especially when it comes to business strategy. Way too often, however, "data-driven decision-making" just means that data operations end up driving everything....

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Smart Tech Nov 8, 2018
How Automated Workforce Management Can Address the Healthcare Skills Gap

The vast majority of nurses are overworked because of an ever-growing skills gap in the healthcare sector, and nursing managers are not immune. The more time spent on administrative tasks, the less time spent on critical patient care. Without an efficient labor management plan in place, it is ultimately the patient who suffers. When scheduling healthcare workers, managers must account for...

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Smart Tech Nov 8, 2018
LinkedIn Is a Lot More Than a Professional Networking Site Now

I recently attended LinkedIn's annual human resources event, Talent Connect. Held in Anaheim, California, the event showcased everything LinkedIn has been working on in 2018 and its plans for the future. LinkedIn presented on everything from its new applicant tracking system to how it is expanding online learning systems with LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as Lynda.com). Today,...

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Smart Tech Nov 2, 2018
5 Data Security Measures Your Employee Onboarding Software Needs

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) originates in the European Union (EU), but its implications regarding the collection and management of personal data stretch far beyond the EU's borders. While the GDPR emphasizes consumer information, this regulation also affects the way companies maintain employee data. Organizations must now operate with greater transparency and ensure the...

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Smart Tech Oct 30, 2018
What Does Artificial Intelligence Think of Your Resume?

When you think of artificial intelligence (AI), what comes to mind? Do you imagine some sort of master computer that knows all? Do you think about films like I, Robot or Ex Machina? Science fiction has warped our expectations of AI and robotics. We're a far way off from a robot apocalypse, but AI has slowly entered into our everyday lives in a number of small ways. Over the past decade...

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Smart Tech Oct 26, 2018
4 Innovative Trends in Online Recruiting

With the unemployment rate sitting at a steady low, many companies in the US are no longer able to rely solely on incoming applications to fill their roles. There's more pressure to be proactive in your hiring efforts than ever before, especially if you want to source the best talent. While proactive hiring may sound like a lot of work for talent acquisition pros, the good news is new...

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Smart Tech Oct 26, 2018
Ensuring a Great Candidate Experience in High-Volume Recruiting

As of recent, candidate experience has become a primary concern in the world of HR. It's a reasonable development: Today, it's a candidate's world. We're just working in it. As the job market shifts in the candidate's favor, employers need to dive deep into their recruiting processes to make sure applicants are enjoying their experiences with the company from the very beginning. This...

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Smart Tech Oct 25, 2018
Goodbye, Swivel Seat: LinkedIn Pursues a More Holistic Approach to Recruiting

Despite its high profile as one of the most well-known and widely used sourcing solutions, LinkedIn Recruiter suffers from a bit an image problem. It's not that LinkedIn Recruiter is held in poor esteem — but rather that many talent acquisition pros don't totally understand the tool's real goal. "A lot of people kind of misunderstand what Recruiter does," says Dan Reid, group...

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Smart Tech Oct 15, 2018
5 Tips to Make Text Messaging an Effective Recruitment Channel

Millennials and Gen. Z-ers are, combined, the largest generational group in the workforce. These candidates want to feel more connected to their employers. They want faster means of communication and more convenient ways to stay engaged during the hiring process. New technologies, like text-based recruiting, are making this increasingly possible by providing businesses with easier, more...

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Smart Tech Oct 11, 2018
How to Choose the Right Applicant Tracking System for Your Small Business

Recruiting for a small business can be quite different from recruiting for a large company. Big companies have many luxuries that small businesses do not, including internal recruiters and/or outsourced headhunters. In a small business, the individuals in charge of hiring often have other responsibilities as well, making the task much more difficult to prioritize. This is where an...

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