Hire Smarter with Social Media

Via Harvard Business Publishing …

A recession might seem like good news for employers looking to hire: with unemployment rates up, you’ve got more people to choose from and the opportunity to hire at a lower price.

While the current economic situation might make this a great time for you to expand your team, it can actually make hiring more expensive. Post a job ad and you’re likely to be swamped with potential applicants; and if budget is tight on your end, you’ve probably got limited capacity to screen a large pool.

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ATS: A KEY BUSINESS SOLUTION IN ANY ECONOMY

Today’s job market has created a conundrum for growing companies. The landscape is rich with qualified candidates. But issue a want ad, and some statistics note that 200 applications are likely to respond.

How can any employer reasonably cope with that flood of candidates?

Those corporations, healthcare organizations and government departments using an applicant tracking system find they have a powerful, enterprise-wide job acquisition and talent management solution ideal for businesses in hiring mode – or even those that are fully staffed.

Today’s ATS provides web-based applicant tracking and candidate management systems that empower businesses with easy-to-acquire and easy-to-use tools to reduce costs and streamline business operations. They automate candidate application and resume management – and create an invaluable competitive advantage.

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Staffing.org Report: Internet Best Practices

Human resources research and information site Staffing.org has published an excellent report titled, “Internet Best Practices,” which details how candidates are finding and applying to job opportunities.

It is packed with interesting stats that most recruiters will find useful and informative, for example, “While the Internet is it not yet a universal tool, it approaches that in certain demographic groups. And as it continues to mature, usage patterns are continually changing. Three years ago, major job boards were all the rage. Then niche job boards started gaining ground. Now it’s all about Twitter, Facebook and social media.”

Here is a link to the report: http://staffing.org/library_ViewArticle.asp?ArticleID=450

‘Talent on Demand’: Applying Supply Chain Management to People

Via Knowledge@Wharton …

 

Failing to manage your company’s talent needs, says Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli, “is the equivalent of failing to manage your supply chain.” And yet the majority of employers have abysmal track records when it comes to the age-old problem of finding and retaining talent.
Supply chain managers “ask questions like, ‘Do we have the right parts in stock?’ ‘Do we know where to get these parts when we need them?’ and ‘Does it cost a lot of money to carry inventory?’ These questions are just as relevant to companies that are trying to manage their talent needs,” he says. In other words, the principles of supply chain management, with its emphasis on just-in-time manufacturing, can be applied to talent management.

Failing to manage your company’s talent needs, says Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli, “is the equivalent of failing to manage your supply chain.” And yet the majority of employers have abysmal track records when it comes to the age-old problem of finding and retaining talent.

Supply chain managers “ask questions like, ‘Do we have the right parts in stock?’ ‘Do we know where to get these parts when we need them?’ and ‘Does it cost a lot of money to carry inventory?’ These questions are just as relevant to companies that are trying to manage their talent needs,” he says. In other words, the principles of supply chain management, with its emphasis on just-in-time manufacturing, can be applied to talent management.

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What HR can offer in tough times

Via Human Resources Leader …

The economic downturn is putting significant pressure on many organisations. In such times, CEOs usually turn to finance and operations to assist them in adapting to the times. However, HR can also make a valuable contribution at the executive table.

HR needs to play a pragmatic role in these times. However, this role may not necessarily fall under the banner of strategy, according to Justyn Sturrock, human capital management service line leader, A/NZ, IBM Global Business Services. “HR must have the skill set to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness. This is about creating an adaptable work force that can rapidly respond to changes in the market,” he says.

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SaaS: The Better Way to Buy

From ITworld …

For growing businesses, I know of no better way to purchase software than as a hosted service, paid for on a per-user/per-month basis. While the equation may not work for the smallest companies, and some IT departments avoid it in order to build an ever-larger empire for themselves, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the up-and-coming thing. And it’s a perfect solution expand or contract in a roller-coaster economy.

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PreCheck and Hirebridge Announce Partnership to Provide Seamless Integration, Linking Background Screening and Applicant Tracking System

Houston, TX – PreCheck, Inc.™ and Hirebridge LLC, today announced the integration between PreCheck’s background screening service and Hirebridge’s applicant tracking and hiring management system.  Through these system integrations, both companies are able to offer clients the five core integration components and as a result abridge the hiring processes for their clients.

“We saw this as a favorable partnership because both PreCheck and Hirebridge are committed to providing outstanding customer service, as well as offering customizable solutions to meet the unique needs of our healthcare clients,”  stated Bruce Smith, President and Chief Operations Officer at PreCheck, Inc.  “With over fifteen years of exclusive industry focus, PreCheck also brings valuable experience in recognizing our clients’ needs and providing innovative solutions.”

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Is an ATS a solution or a tool?

Via JobMachine …

A person buys the best hammer in the world only to discover that it doesn’t change their ability to hammer a nail.  Sounds silly, yet companies that set out to buy what they’ve determined is the best ATS often find nothing has improved a year after installing it.  Their mistake is buying an ATS thinking it’s a solution, when in reality, it’s a tool only as effective as it is used.  The irony is companies who install ATSs often end up in worse shape than before, through no fault of the ATS vendor.

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New Site Aims at Creating a Common Job Language

Via ERE.net …

What’s a marketing manager?

Ask five people, and you’ll get five definitions. Look for resumes, and you’ll get hundreds of people doing vastly different things.

Mark Bielecki is trying to clean it all up with a new site, Joblish. (And you thought startups had used up every possible fanciful variation of the word “job”!)

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Hirebridge Features Enhanced CareerBuilder Experience

Applicant Tracking Software Provider, Integrates Features to Help Customers’ Use of Leading Career Site

CORAL SPRINGS, FL (September 25, 2008) – Hirebridge LLC, a leader in application tracking solutions software, has announced the integration of numerous functions that help its customers leverage their use of the nation’s largest online job site, Careerbuilder.

Customers now can post job openings directly from their Hirebridge platform to the CareerBuilder site using CareerBuilder’s DirectPost application submission service. They also can search CareerBuilder’s massive, premium Candidate Resume Database without first leaving the Hirebridge portal. Together, these new features streamline the candidate acquisition process.  Hirebridge and Careerbuilder are also pleased to offer an integrated application for candidates to speed the application process and ensure candidate source tracking.

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