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Finding the Best Talent in Industries That Aren’t Really Hiring February 8, 2013

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how to find talentCompanies and recruiters, who are attempting to find the best talent in industries that aren’t really hiring, know a secret. It is discovering how to use the right Applicant Tracking System to take the overwhelming task of filtering through stacks of resume’s and highlight the cream of the crop.

When the job market tightens, it becomes a hiring company’s dream with skilled applicants flooding human resources hoping for a career. However, a recent survey by Towers Watson revealed that almost 72 percent of employers say they are having difficulty attracting skilled and qualified employees. Recruiters and corporations are successful when they use the latest cutting-edge technology of tools available.

Here’s five industries projected to be among those who aren’t really hiring in 2013:


  • Non-Profit and Religion Work
  • Journalism and Publishing Jobs
  • Legal Work
  • Electricians
  • Data Processing and Entry Level Computer Work

As a recruiter looking to fill these positions or a hiring manager within one of these industries, it’s time to streamline the process. Learn how to implement and use an Applicant Tracking System to stay on top of the competition. 

Non-profit and religion work thrives when the economy supports the ability for members to make donations. When the economy turns sour, these organizations don’t have any money to throw away on charity paychecks to employees with hearts bigger than their abilities. The right Applicant Tracking System filters criteria making your job or hiring less burdensome and more productive.

Trading in the printed word for an electronic version online is a convenient trend that has caused a steady downturn of journalism and publishing jobs. This means skilled writers are looking for placement and turning to sites online where Applicant Tracking Systems are noticed and successfully draw in the best applicants.

Hiring has slowed gradually in the once prosperous field of law with 2013 projected, in some states, to be the worst law job market in decades. Tap into this pool of talented and well-trained specialists before these licensed graduates give up their hunt to land a fulfilling job. Use strategically placed ads linked to an Applicant Tracking System on professional law journal sites.
The housing market is expected to one day pick up the pace, but is currently leaving skilled electricians behind. Create a conduit through which job placement can flow with the right Applicant Tracking System. Properly advertise it to spark the necessary connections between potential electricians who notice and take the time to apply.

As entry-level technology jobs narrow, don’t be left stagnate with an analog hiring process in a digital world. Use an Applicant Tracking System in computer-related recruitment where it is already readily understood among those applying.



Hiring in 2010 with Recruiting Software January 20, 2010

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Just about a year ago, the US government passed a huge stimulus spending bill. Whether you were for or against this program the one thing that was agreed on is that all the money wouldn’t be spent in the first year. In fact so far, only ten percent has been spent. This means there is going to be a wave of new spending and job creation just around the corner. The big question is will you be ready? Having an up-to-date and powerful recruiting software package while help your company stay ahead of the curve.

Recruiting software can help you streamline the application process. That in turn will allow you to focus and elevate the more qualified candidates while weeding out those who might not be a perfect fit for the company. A good recruiting software program will allow you to effortlessly meld a prospective hire’s contact information with your own company’s database. All of the new information you’ll be gathering won’t do you any good if you can’t easily access it and put it to use.

Until the economy comes back to full force, you’ll be taking on many more prospective employees for fewer positions. This means managers will be asking a lot more of their new hires. They’ll have to take on added responsibilities and leadership rolls. With recruiting software, you should be able to flag those special applicants who can meet those new workplace challenges.

As you’re well aware, a key component of any recruiting process is the follow up. You want to foster positive relationships not only to benefit your company but also to keep your future prospects in good favor. Complete recruiting software programs should allow you to automate the “thank you” process as well as staying in touch with candidates that you might need to call upon down the road.

A lot of the first wave of new hires will for government positions. Will you be able to keep up with the demand of the specific application requirements? Recruiting software should provide those types of up-to-date documents to ensure that a new employee can meet the qualifications of government positions.

The bottom line is that for every new hire you make, your company is also on the line during times like these. Stay on top of the game with a complete recruiting software package. Your clients are going to be looking for you to bring your “A game” when you build a staff for them. Make sure you can bring it each and every time with powerful recruiting software!

Essential online business software for startups May 27, 2009

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free businessYou’ve decided to take the plunge.  Finally go off the deep end.    You swing open the door to your manager’s office, walk back to your desk and begin to sweat.  A cocktail of stress and jubilation spills down your body from head to toe.   Your feet start to move and then you are walking, out the door, down the elevator, into the city, and then out into the world.  You’ve decided to start your own business- escape the grind and finally pursue your dreams.     You’re free.  You’re screwed.

Then comes the details.  You need to strategize – figure out what needs to be done to get it rolling.   What kind of paperwork do you need to fill out?  How are you going to find your employees- designers, developers, sales, recruiters?  Where will your office be?  Where can you find advice from those who have already gone through this chaos?  What if you have a patent to submit?  How will you collaborate with your contractors?  How can you keep track of money, prepare for taxes?  What about business cards, business plans, PR initiatives and exit strategies?

These are just a fraction of the questions a small business owner needs to answer when forming a start up.   Fortunately, there are a host of new and cutting edge Web 2.0 software tools that have been created to help answer these questions.  Today’s entrepreneur can utilize a variety of enterprise software applications that will help them get on their feet without giving away an arm and leg of their nest-egg.  I’ve created a list of some of my favorites- feel free to contribute with any others that you know of.

Basecamp: For your project management and collaboration needs, basecamp is a web tool that allows a small business to interface with clients and collaborators.  It has an incredibly intuitive UI that allows an entrepreneur to keep their head on straight while managing several projects at once.


Dropbox: A nifty web application that rids you of need to carry around USB flash drives or larger external hard drives.    Dropbox allows you to synchronize various computers to common accessible folders.   Its as easy as drag and drop, and allows several collaborators to share files wherever they are, without the hassle.


Google Docs: Google Docs provides a suite of online MS-office-esque applications that all are extremely accessible and easy to utilize.  Whether you want to create a spreadsheet that tracks potential clients, or an online word-doc business plan, Google Docs allows multiple collaborators to contribute simultaneously, instead of the tediously sending a document back and forth via email.


Odesk: Odesk is an online web tool that allows a small business employer to outsource work to freelancers around the world.  While an entrepreneur must be weary about those bidding to do work from overseas for a fraction of the cost, very often Odesk provides a great interface for a variety contract jobs.    The online application allows an employer to adeptly track their freelancers, from up-to-date progress updates to an actual live webcam feed of their hire.


LinkedIn: LinkedIn is the most popular and free social networking tool for business professionals.  You can essentially post your online resume and qualifications, as well as list your current business venture and why its great.  One useful feature on the social-networking side of things is the ability to get in touch with other local small business owners, who may have helpful advice for you.  It also provides a great forum to let your client’s tell the world about all the great work you’ve done for them through the recommendations engine.


Newton On Demand: Newton provides an online software service for your company’s recruiting and applicant tracking needs.   Easier to use than many of your favorite websites, Newton’s online recruiting software enables your entire hiring team to access, manage and share recruiting information across your entire company.  The great thing about this piece of software is that it is extremely intuitive to use, allowing hiring managers and recruiters to easily collaborate from wherever they are.


Zazzle: Whether you want to design your company’s business cards, coffee mugs, or kickball Tees, Zazzle provides a great online tool for enterprise branding.   Although things like these may seem ephemeral when trying to make deadlines, some branding can go along way for your small business identity and marketing.


Twitter: If getting some attention in your niche is what your small business needs- Twitter is a great tool to keep fans, clients and family alike updated with the latest news.  If utilized effectively, Twitter can be a modern day PR agency, minus the headache of management and associated costs.


QuickBooks:  This time-tested financial software package is still as relevant as ever.   I recommend getting set up with QuickBooks from day one to track every dollar going in and out of your business.  The intuitive interface and online access makes it a breeze to create invoices, track payments and manage your small business expenses.


Is Oracle recruiting MySQL software into its empire? April 24, 2009

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With Oracle’s recent $7.38 billion dollar buyout of Sun Microsystems, some new product recipes are bound to end up on the fattened company’s revisited menu.   New head chef Larry Ellison is now directing the flavor of Sun’s software products, and some people are concerned for possible drastic changes, especially during this economic recession and the necessity for Oracle to bring in new channels of revenue.  One possible change-of-course could be converting Sun’s incredibly popular MySQL to a pay-for Software, which would bring thousands of businesses and software developers to their feet in protest.

MySQL software allows people and companies alike to access and manage their website databases.  MySQL is open source software, which means people can download it free of charge as well as access and contribute to the software’s code.   To date, there have been over 11 million installations of the product, including high profile use by companies like Facebook, Google and Wikipedia.  In the past, Sun has only marginally monetized MySQL through paid offerings like software updates and extended product support.

Ellison and Oracle could tap into the huge MySQL userbase as a new profit channel by converting it to enterprise software – charging customers through a licensing fee .   This could simultaneously provide a gargantuan influx of revenue to Oracle, as well as alienate millions of open-source customers who currently rely on the software.  It seems like a drastic strategy, however, the current economic recession could call for Oracle’s management to search for extreme ways to prepare for future leaks in revenue.  Although Oracle has so far remained relatively unscathed by the economic depression, their buyout of Sun is clearly forward thinking to potential future hardships.

Ellison has been known to be quite the staunch competitor and would not necessarily let the alienation of current MySQL users deter him from a new business opportunity.   With a net worth of approximately $27 billion, Ellison has been known for his hard-nosed leadership, obsession with Samurai warrior culture, and refusal to take ‘no’ as an answer.  Whether it be a whale-sized luxury yacht, an unwelcome company buyout, or a change to MySQL’s monetization strategy- he most often gets what he wants.  Ellison was most aptly personified during Oracle’s hostile takeover of human resource and recruiting software company PeopleSoft in 2004, jokingly saying he’d shoot opposing CEO Craig Conway (rather than his dog).

Converting MySQL into a paid enterprise service may not be the best move for Oracle,  as there are several other open source competitors that current MySQL users could jump to.   PostrgreSQL is one such alternative that may welcome a MySQL paid solution, as they would surely gain a large customer influx.

Although transforming MySQL into a paid enterprise service would certainly push a large portion of the current userbase away, there would also be some who would likely stay with the service, even if meant a fee.   Many MySQL users have a brand affiliation with the software as well as a deep familiarity with utilizing it.

It is pretty uncertain what would happen if Ellison and Oracle took MySQL in this new direction- although during the current times, anything is possible.

5 Concepts for Next-Generation Applicant Tracking and Recruiting Software March 25, 2009

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1093369_business_shadowIt’s time to rethink how we gauge our applicant tracking and recruiting software.  In the past, companies have touted a system that can ‘blast’ to thousands of candidates and find a needle in the haystack.  This is an old and out-dated way of ‘recruiting thought’.  True recruiting efficiency will come from applicant management software that promotes teamwork and collaboration between hiring managers and recruiters.  Without further ado, enjoy:

1)   Rethink Critical Features: While the oft-cited “-ations” (e.g, customization, integration, etc.) of software are important features to consider, great recruiting and applicant tracking software will focus on some of the “idities” first. Next-generation systems will be designed with a focus on the capability, rapidity and fluidity of new user adoption. The Applicant Tracking System you want should be designed with a clear understanding that people, not technology, drive the success of recruiting. A rethink of its critical features leads to only one conclusion: it should make the process of hiring people easier for other people to accomplish. Choosing recruiting software that is not designed to motivate its users to regularly log in and interact with it can very much be like buying a nifty electronic gadget but not bothering to the get batteries for it.

2)   Rethink the Problem: In “Money Ball” Ken Lewis premises that the conventional baseball wisdom was flawed: the stats that the baseball insiders used for measuring individual success didn’t equate to team success. He turned out to be right.  The conventional promise of recruiting software is to solve hiring by getting more candidates. This relic from the days of unsearchable paper resumes and classified ads is a recipe for a high strikeout ratio and the only occasional home run. Having millions of candidates doesn’t make hires. Blasting emails to your contacts doesn’t make hires. Teamwork, collaboration, engaged hiring managers and efficient recruiters makes hires.

3)   Rethink Immediate Benefits:
Many of today’s recruiting software systems are plump with features designed to meet the specific and varied needs of HR Professionals, yet most of these “innovations” have had very little impact on improving the actual process of filling a position. Simply put, many of the recent innovations in the recruiting software industry have been nothing more than marketing traps for the buyers of recruiting software. When considering what recruiting software to purchase, don’t focus exclusively on features that will benefit the recruiting department or HR.  Instead, remember that there is another entire half of the recruiting supply chain, the hiring manager and business user- the customer.  Focus on selecting a system with innovations that enable all users, from recruiter to hiring manager, to hire people better, easier, faster, and smarter than the way your company is currently doing it. Any additional features are—of course—nice, but make sure you don’t get an ATS that puts the feature cart in front of the recruiting horse.

4)   Rethink Rocket Science:
The hiring process for most people involved in hiring can be distilled into a simple “Yes/No” decision.  So, take a good, long look at your current/potential applicant tracking system vendor.  Has it taken this very simple decision process and made it unnecessarily complicated? Great recruiting software shouldn’t take Rocket Science.

5)   Rethink Implementation and Training: Besides a Recruiter, the act of hiring is not the main career focus of any other employee in a company. Next generation software providers are creating products that are simple to choose, use and deploy. While recruiters may, over time, become accustomed to even the most complicated and unintuitive systems, hiring managers and executives never give these systems a second chance.

What is an Applicant Tracking System? March 19, 2009

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I thought I’d start this blog off by describing what exactly an applicant tracking system is.  I came up with a few ways to word it, but found a great article that says it better than I could describe.

From Articles Base, by Mike:

An Applicant Tracking System(“ATS”) is a software application also recruiting software enables the electronic handling of corporate recruitment needs. Most include a corporate career site, allowing companies to post jobs onto their own website, as a way to attract candidates. Candidates may apply for specific jobs or generally to the company. The candidate data will be stored inside a database to allow effective searching, filtering, and routing of applications.

The largest organizational benefit of an applicant tracking system is improved productivity of the recruiting team. Electronic handling of requisition and candidate data allows significant opportunities to reduce inefficiencies through automated processes. Further, the improved organization of candidate information allows quicker decision-making. All of this leads to reduced cost and time per hire.

Applicant tracking systems designed with recruiting and staffing firms in mind differ somewhat from those with a corporate HR orientation. These typically include more robust reporting tools as well as more comprehensive tools for contact management and client and candidate management. These additional functions make them particularly well-suited for contract staffing firms and/or firms with higher employee turnover.

Applicant Tracking Systems are a subset of TMS systems (Talent Management System) and are very popular in the ASP or SaaS model (Software as a Service), although some systems are self-hosted. The market space for these systems ranges from those costing a few hundred dollars into the millions of dollars depending on the complexity and scope of the need.