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Interesting reads from the HR tech landscape

Here's a short list of some news and views coming from the HR tech landscape.

THE FUTURE OF DICE: my pal Jeff Dickey Chasins writes about his former employer, the job board Dice.com and its future. Its an interesting look at whats happening to them and the "big" job sites in the market. Check out my comment at the end.

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TOO MANY RECRUITING TOOLS? Tim Sackett says we are forcing too many tools onto recruiters. There is certainly truth to this statement.

"We start out with a bunch of recruiters and some phones. That’s not enough we need to add some other stuff, these recruiters need tools! So, we give them email and an ATS. Then comes the job boards, postings, InMails, etc. Might as well automate background checks and references. We really need to fill the pipeline, here comes sourcing tech!

Wish we had a way to get our messages out to candidates more effectively! CRM, branding technology, data analytics, SMS messaging, etc. Just keep adding more tools! That’ll a fix it Except it doesn’t!"

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WHATS NEXT IN HR TECH? Too early to tell says analyst Josh Bersin. It is impossible to predict but he does have a few thoughts. "Next year I anticipate seeing more vendors here discussing wellness and work/life balance. From our data we know 45% of millennials consider a healthy work/life balance to be their top priority, so we can expect more tools based around this."

Bersin also anticipated a rise in rapid feedback software. "We used to operate a system that offered feedback once a year at appraisals. But in reality this is way too little feedback. We can expect to see a rise in tools that offer fast feedback on everything the employee does."

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RecTech Headlines for August

Here's your summer fix for all thats new in recruiting technology land.

Upsider is a new sales rep matching tool for employers and candidates. Link via ERE.

FOR SALE:  Profitable Midwest based local job board is up for sale. View details.

HourlyNerd, the Boston-based online freelancer marketplace startup that recently landed $22 million in venture funding from investors including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, announced that it has rebranded to “Catalant.” The name is a combination of the words “catalyst,” “brilliant,” and “talent,” according to a release. Link.

Workday acquires Platfora to help it improv its analytics. Link.

Drafted launched the second version of its app earlier this year, letting people browse through job listings, see if they have any mutual connections to a job they want and request an intro to the hiring manager through any mutual connections. Sources say they are planning to open it up to more companies outside of Massachusetts this fall.

The startup has raised $2.5 million so far from several investors, including General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners, Paul English’s Blade startup accelerator and Boston Syndicates. It has six employees. Link.

Mya, an AI platform from FirstJob, aims to make sure no applicant goes into the void—and no recruiter has to wade through a sea of resumes. Interesting to see how these guys have pivoted and are trying to take advantage of the “chatbot gold rush” Link.

Snagajob says they are looking for more stuff to acquire. If your tool targets hourly employees you might want to give them a call. Link.

Company in Denmark creates a Job title extractor. Check it out https://goodwin.relinklabs.com

Indeed launches JobSpotter app for retail businesses. Designed for people to take pics of we’re hiring signs in store windows. Link.

AfterCollege buys Cross-Post and is making it part of Recruitology, a service that launched for employers earlier in the year. Here is a link to the press release:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/07/prweb13533921.htm

Bumble Bizz app: the popular swipe-based dating app understands this, so is launching a feature to help users temporarily set aside dreams of love so they can match with someone who may help them advance their career. Link.

CornerJob only closed its $10 million Series A in February. But the Barcelona-based jobs marketplace, one of several which focuses on low-skill, high-turnover recruitment via a smartphone messaging app, is now announcing a $25 million Series B funding round — meaning it’s already raised a total of $35M in less than a year. Link.

Podcast: Matt Lucas Founder of JobMonkey.com

Matt Lucas is the co-founder and President of JobMonkey.com.  The website was launched in 1999 and has become the premier website for people looking for "Cool Jobs" in the United States or Abroad.

RECRUITERS: Get 20% Off Job Postings on JobMonkey

Prior to JobMonkey, Lucas founded and ran a number of companies including a travel company, a college marketing company, a publishing company, and a company that sold suntan lotion out of real coconut shells.

Matt is also an active member of the Seattle startup community and has invested in and / or mentored over 30 Pacific Northwest startup companies.

Topics Include

  • Tell us how you started Jobmonkey

  • What is Jobmonkey...Give us the overview of site visitors, number of jobs, etc...

  • Are you in the busy season now with summer here?

  • What should recruiters know about recruiting this type of worker that would help them recruit better?

  • What's a typical day like for you?

  • Any advice for job seekers entering the seasonal/resort industry?