Smart Tech Oct 21, 2021
3 Ways to Leverage Automation in Your Recruitment Process to Boost Efficiency

Today, automation technology is transforming the talent acquisition landscape at a rapid pace. Hubspot's recent "Recruiting Automation Trends" report states that close to 75% of recruiters believe that technology will play a significant role in their recruitment strategy to streamline their hiring processes in the future. With most companies functioning in a remote setup amid the...

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Smart Tech Sep 16, 2021
11 Tips for Conducting Video Interviews That'll Impress Your Candidates

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Today's Question: What's your top tip to help hiring managers and recruiters conduct successful interviews over Zoom and other video software? These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world's most successful...

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Smart Tech Sep 8, 2021
Company Intranets Play a Surprising Role in Keeping Employees Engaged and Connected

A modern intranet can align an entire workforce behind a company's mission and bring new levels of efficiency to collaboration and knowledge sharing. Yet, intranets still bear the stigma of being clunky and unintuitive. The old intranet was often a stagnant repository for information, but the intranet's capabilities have evolved since then. Today, many companies use the alternative term...

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Smart Tech Sep 2, 2021
Why Video Interviews Will Stick Around After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to confront many of their most fundamental assumptions, from the necessity of 9-5 office work to how they hire, onboard, and retain employees. As we slowly move toward the resolution of this crisis, many companies are holding onto the tools and strategies they initially adopted as short-term measures. In particular, remote work will remain the norm at...

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Smart Tech Aug 11, 2021
The TikTok Revolution in Talent Search: What the Social Media Giant's Video Resumes Mean for the Future of Recruiting

Last month, the social media behemoth TikTok — best known for viral dance routines and offbeat videos — made a bold move: It went professional. With the announcement of TikTok Resumes, the video platform declared it doesn't want to just dominate users' free time — it wants to play a part in their job searches, too. TikTok isn't the first company to try bringing video resumes to a...

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Smart Tech Aug 4, 2021
In the New Normal, AI and Data Analytics May Play an Even Bigger Role in Performance Management

Performance management tools have proven extremely helpful for many organizations throughout the pandemic, giving employers a way to track performance and collect important data while staff members worked remotely. Now, as companies think about returning to the office in some capacity, it's worth exploring how performance management tools might help us navigate the new normal. As with many...

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Smart Tech Jul 29, 2021
Freelancer Management: The Most Overlooked Component of Data Security

As regulators ramp up efforts to enforce data protection laws, CTOs, CISOs, and CEOs have made hefty investments in data security solutions and processes to remain compliant — and for good reason. Violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for example, can lead to fines of more than $23 million or 4 percent of annual global revenue (whichever is higher). Those penalties are...

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Smart Tech Jul 22, 2021
3 Tips for Improving User Experience at Virtual Job Fairs and Other Hybrid Events

The pandemic has had an impact on just about every person, job, and industry in one way or another, but the events industry has been hit particularly hard. That said, the industry has adapted, in large part by embracing virtual and hybrid event experiences. If your business relies on events for engagement, programming, recruiting, or revenue generation, you may have already considered...

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Smart Tech Jul 21, 2021
The Digital Employee Experience Is Crucial Today — but Chronically Overlooked

How much does the digital workplace impact employee morale? Just ask your team members the next time an app crashes, when they can't connect to the VPN or a video conference call, or when critical work grinds to a halt because a computer was overloaded at peak capacity. Technology accounts for 30 percent of the employee experience, according to Forrester's Employee Experience Index. When...

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Smart Tech Jul 20, 2021
How to Tell If a Preemployment Assessment Is Valid

Companies have never had more resources to help them find and hire the right candidates. While hiring managers have historically had to rely on resumes, cover letters, and interviews, many more options for preemployment assessment have emerged over the past decade. Some of these new assessments can give companies a much more rigorous idea of the skills and traits job seekers actually possess....

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Smart Tech Jul 16, 2021
Why Remote Work Has Been a Blessing for New Hire Onboarding

Like nearly every other facet of business, onboarding has changed dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to go entirely remote. While the transition may have been abrupt, it has also brought some much-needed change to a long ineffective process. Before the pandemic, onboarding was already a disorganized mess, beset by mountains of paperwork and confusing processes....

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Smart Tech Jul 9, 2021
Think Like a Candidate: How to Build Social Media Profiles That Attract Top Talent

Before a potential employee clicks "Apply" on your job ad, they're going to take some time to learn about your brand. And where will they start that digging? Social media. Your social media channels should reflect your company's culture, values, and ethics so that prospective candidates can see what you're all about. That way, people who share the same values as your brand will be more...

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Smart Tech Jul 8, 2021
5 Ways Recruiters Make Better Placements With Text Request

As a recruiter, you're constantly coordinating and communicating to vet and place candidates, but candidates can take a long time to respond to your emails, and your phone calls might be silenced and flagged as spam. The hiring process relies heavily on back-and-forth communication, which is where business texting can be your most effective tool. Texting saves you from playing phone tag,...

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Smart Tech Jul 2, 2021
The Agnostic Approach That Will Boost Your Campus Recruiting Strategy

With the rise of virtual recruiting over the past year, employers have been able to work with more schools than ever before. This has accelerated the move toward an agnostic recruiting process, in which employers consider multiple schools, recognize more majors, and rebuild their tech stacks to support more data coming from more sources. The Case for Agnostic The advantage of being able to...

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Smart Tech Jun 28, 2021
Keeping Employees Connected and Projects on Track in a Remote Work Environment

Before the pandemic, 17 percent of US employees worked remotely full-time. Now, it's closer to 44 percent. More businesses than ever before are operating without physical headquarters or offices, giving their employees lots of flexibility around their work schedules and workplaces. And it is safe to say that these remote work policies are here to stay, with 73 percent of workers saying...

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Smart Tech Jun 25, 2021
Your Tech Stack Was Good Enough for the Pandemic — but Is It Right for Long-Term Digital Transformation?

While the world of work was certainly well on its way to becoming more digital and remote-friendly prior to the pandemic, the arrival of COVID-19 accelerated the digital transformation timelines of many organizations. Years-long plans turned into overnight changes, showing us just how much our organizations can truly achieve in such a short period of time. To aid the sudden transition to...

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Smart Tech Jun 18, 2021
How AI Simplifies the Search for Diverse Talent

Today, many companies are making diverse hiring a key component of their business strategies — and they are making these efforts more transparent to the public, too. In fact, 50 of the US's largest public companies have agreed to disclose their Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data on the racial, ethnic, and gender demographics of their workforces. Despite these good intentions,...

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Smart Tech Jun 10, 2021
5 Unexpected Ways Interview Scheduling Software Saves You Time

According to recruiters, interview scheduling is the most time-consuming aspect of the recruiting process. In fact, two in three recruiters say it can take up to two hours to schedule just one interview. Jumping between calendars, emails, spreadsheets, resumes, and post-it notes can make for a lengthy — and inefficient — hiring process. That's why leveraging interview scheduling...

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Smart Tech Jun 9, 2021
Recruiters Spend Hours Every Day on Admin Work. These Tech Tools Can Lighten the Load.

It's an open secret that recruiters and HR professionals spend a significant amount of their time on mundane and repetitive tasks. But do you know how much? Up to 86 percent of the workday, according to research from EY. That's an eye-popping number, but luckily, we live in the automation era. More and more HR pros are turning to cutting-edge recruitment technology solutions to optimize...

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Smart Tech Jun 9, 2021
The 7 Common Success Traps, Part 4: Overreliance on Data

The seven common success traps are the traps I've learned about over the course of my career working with clients and collaborators from some of America's top organizations, including Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies. These traps are based on both my personal experience and the stories shared by my clients and collaborators.  These success traps can and do happen to the best of us....

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Smart Tech Jun 8, 2021
Post-Pandemic Resignation Boom? Not If You Embrace Remote Work

Texas AM University Associate Professor of Management Anthony Klotz's prediction about a forthcoming "great resignation" went viral for many reasons. For one thing, it taps into the many ways in which the pandemic has changed the world of work. More employees have seen the benefit of working from home, and that's going to impact how they make employment decisions going forward. In...

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Smart Tech May 28, 2021
Every Inclusive Hiring Strategy Starts With the Right Data

Diversity has been the buzzword of the last year for many organizations. LinkedIn reports that the number of people holding a "head of diversity title" more than doubled between 2015 and 2020. In the same time period, the number of directors of diversity grew 75 percent, and chief diversity officers grew 68 percent. While hiring an executive focused on diversity, holding splashy events...

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Smart Tech May 27, 2021
How to Build an Application Experience That Prioritizes People

HR is tasked with the most critical role in any business: taking care of the company's people. Successful people management starts with getting the right people in the door and making sure they have what they need. For far too long, however, HR technology and tools have been built around processes rather than for the people they serve. That's especially true in the case of tools built for...

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Smart Tech May 25, 2021
Beyond the Coolness Factor: Why Staffing Firms Should Reconsider Their Technology Priorities

A recruiter's success depends largely on candidate and client satisfaction, which is why staffing technology priorities tend to focus on improving candidate experience and client service. In fact, there are thousands of tech tools available to do just that. Unfortunately, back-office processes and operational systems that may be critical to the smooth functioning of the recruiting...

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Smart Tech May 24, 2021
The Problem With Resume Screening — and How You Can Fix It

Through countless rewrites, keyword-stuffing, and sweating over the exact alignment of bulleted lists, candidates struggle to create the ultimate resume that will catch the reader's attention and keep them from landing in the hiring manager's wastebasket. In my opinion, they needn't bother. In fact, I believe every resume belongs in the bin. Why? Because resumes don't predict job...

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Smart Tech May 21, 2021
Why Successful Hiring Managers Look Beyond the 4-year College Degree

There is a growing need for skilled tech talent, and the demand for these individuals is outpacing the number of those earning technology and computer science degrees. The result—companies have a tech talent shortage and stalled or slowed workflow. Compound this issue with the pandemic which has resulted in college-bound students taking a gap year due to financial strains or losing faith in...

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Smart Tech May 21, 2021
Virtual Onboarding: Why Company Culture Is the Key

2020 was the year of virtual onboarding — and not necessarily by choice for most companies. But even as offices start opening back up, virtual onboarding will continue to be a reality for many across the globe. When we were all forced to take our hiring processes virtual in the spring of 2020, we adjusted fairly quickly. We figured out how to get new hire paperwork filled out and IRS...

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Smart Tech May 20, 2021
How to Fix a Broken Interview Process

It's a conundrum: Nearly half of today's organizations consider the interview the most important part of the candidate experience, yet their interview processes are lengthy, confusing, and inefficient. Usually, they have not rethought their processes in years, and their offers are being declined at ever-growing rates. Yello has identified six signs that indicate it's time to reassess your...

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Smart Tech May 20, 2021
The Robots Aren't Taking Your Job: 5 Things You Have Completely Wrong About Automation

Mention automation in any work-related conversation and a sense of dread may sweep across the room. Images spring to mind of humanoid robots and sophisticated machines doing the jobs done by people. People may ask themselves: Can my job be automated? Will it? Automation is prone to such myths, but it doesn't have to be scary. Many small and medium-sized businesses rely on automation...

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Smart Tech May 19, 2021
A Practical Guide to Social Media Screening: Keeping It Simple in a Complex World

Social networks have developed into an excellent communication channel between candidates and employers. The latest numbers show an astonishing 3.78 billion social media users worldwide in 2021 across a variety of platforms. Each social media site has its own unique audience. LinkedIn, for example, is the go-to professional networking site for more than 750 million active users in more...

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Smart Tech May 18, 2021
How E-Learning Can Help Your Company Differentiate Itself in This Talent Market

Did you know that offering career advancement opportunities can reduce employee turnover by 94 percent? Or that employees are 30 percent more engaged when they have access to professional development? These statistics alone make the argument for why your company should invest in professional development. But you can't tie up all of your team's time in training sessions. Sure, your...

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Smart Tech May 14, 2021
Employee Benefits Are Evolving. Are Employers Keeping Up?

Flexibility is often cited as one of the keys to a strong employee benefits program, but exactly what kind of flexibility are workers looking for? Is it the flexibility to choose how and when benefits are used? The freedom to access them at any time and from any location? Is it the flexibility to create unique packages for each employee's individual needs? The truth is, benefits are...

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Smart Tech May 13, 2021
The Data Point Revolution: How Gig Platforms Are Changing the Way We Hire Professional Talent

Gig economy platforms like Uber and DoorDash have changed the way we get to the airport, order food, and find a place to stay when traveling. By now, you've probably heard the expression "Uber for X" to describe bringing these gig-platform models to other industries. Now, the model is changing how businesses hire workers, too. Traditional hiring methods rely on resumes and word-of-mouth....

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Smart Tech May 10, 2021
Do InMails Actually Work? Yes, If You Know How to Use Them

Nearly 100 percent of all recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates, which means you have some stiff competition if you're looking for your next hire on the platform. But you can't afford to ignore LinkedIn, either. It's pretty much the only game in town when it comes to professional networking sites. Sure, there are more niche sites — like your AngelLists and Quoras — and those...

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Smart Tech May 7, 2021
COVID's Biggest Lesson for Business? Always Expect the Unexpected.

It has been over a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the world has drastically changed. With virtual spaces becoming the default for so many activities, the pandemic has altered how we interact with everything from our homes and our friends to our work. Now is the time to ask what we can learn from this. From an HR perspective, the past year holds all...

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Smart Tech May 6, 2021
Do It Yourself: The HR Pro's Guide to No-Code Tools

If you chose a career in human resources, it's a safe bet you enjoy working with people more than working behind a screen. That's not to say there aren't plenty of tech-savvy HR folks who are thriving remotely during the pandemic, but by nature, the business lends itself to interaction. When it comes to designing processes that work for your department, having to wade through pages of code...

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Smart Tech May 5, 2021
Hiring Gen. Z Candidates Today: Why 1 in 3 Zoomers Are Reconsidering Their Careers

The children of Generation X and the millennials, Gen. Z-ers — also known as "zoomers" — are an especially attractive target for recruiters. They're known for being loyal, likely to stay in their first jobs for three years or longer — a dramatic difference from the average millennial's tenure. Gen. Z candidates are willing to make a long-term investment in your company, so it's...

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Smart Tech May 4, 2021
Streamlining for Success: 4 Simple Tips to Make Any Company's Operations Smoother

Disorganized management can doom even the most cutting-edge company. As businesses begin to think realistically about post-pandemic operations, they must pay special attention to modernizing their workforce management practices. To create a more streamlined, effective approach to workforce management, it's important to first understand how your current operations are performing, both...

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Smart Tech Apr 27, 2021
Employees Want More Virtual Team-Building Events — but Skip the Zoom Happy Hours

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, the future of Emeraude Escape Rooms looked bleak at best. We were experts at putting groups of people into small rooms, which they could only leave once they solved a series of clues or their time ran out. Good for team building. Bad for social distancing. In April, just two months into the pandemic, I decided to go all-in on digital. Like many other...

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Smart Tech Apr 15, 2021
How to Incorporate Video Interviews Into Your Existing Hiring Process

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, just over one in five organizations were using video interviews. Now? Nearly 80 percent of employers use video interviews, and more than half of them plan to continue using video once the pandemic restrictions are fully lifted. As employers have learned over the last year, video interviewing has clear business benefits — but implementing it successfully does...

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Smart Tech Apr 1, 2021
Keeping Employees Safe During COVID: How Technology Can Help

Amid all the wrenches the pandemic has thrown into our personal and professional lives over the last year, it's important to look for the bright side wherever you can. One of the few silver linings of the last year has been watching employers across industries adopt new tools and technologies to keep workers safe, engaged, and productive. Whether you plan to eventually bring your employees...

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Smart Tech Mar 31, 2021
The Pandemic Offers Us a Chance to Reimagine the Talent Life Cycle. We Should Take It.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on nearly every industry, causing unprecedented challenges as companies struggle to adapt. As hiring freezes end and unemployed workers re-enter the workforce, the recruiting process has been particularly difficult to navigate. To meet the moment, employers must reconfigure their selection systems to efficiently handle higher applicant volumes. Many look...

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Smart Tech Mar 29, 2021
How Unpaid Digital Labor Is Harming Your Employees

It's a scenario we all know too well: You're sitting down to dinner with your family. Your youngest is telling you about the A she got on her math test, and just as you reach across the table for a high five, your phone chimes. It's a work email. You know it. Your family knows it. You consider your options: A) Check it now, and risk your dinner getting cold and your family annoyed while...

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Smart Tech Mar 17, 2021
McDonald's Could Reach Its Diversity Targets Faster If It Had the Right Data on Hand

As we move into the second quarter of 2021, more and more companies are working toward greater levels of gender parity in their leadership ranks. While this is a noble endeavor, good intentions without results are as bad as — or worse than — doing nothing at all. The many repeated commitments to progress are encouraging at a glance, but how many will turn out to be token gestures leading...

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Smart Tech Mar 15, 2021
Effective Remote Collaboration: The Tools, Tech, and Training You Need to Support Remote Teamwork

Within the past year, we've seen significant changes in how employees work with each other and their employers, most obviously in the shift to remote work. Some companies may make remote work permanent, while others may adopt a hybrid structure mixing remote and in-person arrangements. Regardless, remote work and the flexibility it affords will likely be part of companies' policies in some...

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Smart Tech Mar 9, 2021
Interconnected Efforts Are In, Siloed Efforts Are Out: Improve Overall Productivity in 2021 With These Tech Tools

As we navigate 2021 and remote work becomes our new normal, it's crucial that our managers and team members maintain flexibility and a strong commitment to meeting goals. Whether you are pushing your virtual sales teams to continue prospecting or leading a busy call center, productivity tools are available to help your teams reach (and exceed) their targets in this work environment. But...

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Smart Tech Mar 3, 2021
6 Ways Workforce Productivity Software Helps Employees

As we have been talking about ad nauseam since March: Oh, the times, they are a-changin'. Work environments have shifted from spacious desks with an office printer and shared coffee pot to living rooms, guest rooms, and kitchen tables. It has been a hard adjustment, particularly when we're feeling out of touch with our coworkers, managers, and employees. Maybe there has been a spike in...

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Smart Tech Feb 25, 2021
COVID Has HR Teams Embracing Digital Transformation — and That's Good News for Employee Benefits

Digitalization is happening rapidly in the wake of COVID-19, especially in the realm of HR. For example, more than 80 percent of HR professionals saying digital delivery systems are now critical to their health and benefits offerings, according to recent research we conducted here at Darwin. That research also found that 53 percent of employees believe they get the same benefits experience no...

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