At the recent Social Recruiting Strategies Conference in Philly I caught up with Josh Gampel to get his take on the recent acquisitions happening in the programmatic job space along with Recruitics move to acquire KRT Marketing.
Here's your RecTech roundup, news from the past month in recruiting and HR technology circles. Lots of companies, old and new are making headlines.
Here's whats happened in the past 30 days from the #RecTech / #HRtech industry. News about startups, new funding and acquisitions made the headlines.
Here's what's happened in the past 30 days.
- SmartRecruiters acquires Jobspotting from Germany. Read the press release.
- WayUp, an NYC based college recruiting startup has acquired Looksharp, a competitor and team of five. Read the story.
- Climber.com launches personal career site service. The company’s California based career team works with clients to build the career site, so there is absolutely no programming experience needed. Detail here.
- ScoutSavvy, a local startup that is trying to help more people of diverse backgrounds find employment with tech companies in the region. Read story.
- Apply for jobs in 30 seconds without a CV? This Swedish startup helps you nail your dream job quicker. Read story.
- Noirefy, a Job Referral Platform, Aims to Fight Bias in Recruiting and Hiring. Link
- Interview with Indeed's head of tech. By any estimates, we’re looking at about a million jobs in tech — engineering, software development, design, management — that will added in the next two to five years. Read story.
- Uber employees are chatting with each other about Uber’s leadership on anonymous workplace app Blind. Read story.
- Ladders, Inc. Announces Integration with Greenhouse Software. Integration features will allow recruiters to find and source the best candidates. Press release.
- WorkHound, a software platform developed to help carriers reduce driver turnover, recently finished a $500,000 fundraising round to grow their business and help trucking companies around the country accelerate profitability by retaining their drivers. Press release.
- YouEarnedIt steps in. The Austin-based software as a service company encourages worker engagement through real-time digital point rewards for employee behavior that helps generate revenue or reach other workplace goals. Those digital points can then be cashed in for rewards. Now the company, founded in 2013, has closed a $6.5 million Series A funding round to ramp up product development, sales and marketing. Read story.
- WorkJam raises $12 million to communicate with hourly workers. Via Techcrunch.
- Talentoday a talent assessment and people analytics solution, has raised $3.49 million in Series A funding mainly from The Adecco Group, the world’s leading workforce solutions provider. Press release.
- Comparably has raised additional capital needed to support the growth of its job placement service. The company revealed that it has received $7.25 million from a slew of participants, including Greycroft Partners (which led the round), Comcast Ventures, and several others. With the latest infusion of money, Comparably said it plans to further develop tools to help monitor the job market while bringing more companies on board. Read story.
Last week in New York City at a rooftop lounge overlooking the Empire State building I had the opportunity to attend the newest entry to the recruiting and HR conference circuit. It was called HIRE Conf put on by Jeremy Roberts and his Hiring Solved compatriots. 200 or so attendees braved the cold rain of the city for the one day event.
I love one day events like this. They tend to be smaller, more intimate and better for networking. Plus it was great that they chose to come to New York where few conference organizers dare to try for fear of costs. It was nice not to have to fly in to attend for once.
The tracks presented were interesting and full of data and some very practical advice. Glen Cathey kicked it off talking about machine learning, A.I. at the intersection of recruiting. His slides had some great quotes about the future of recruiting and you can see some of them in the above slideshow of pics I took. I also enjoyed Todd Davis and his Facebook sourcing tips and tools show.
- Cathey thinks in the future recruiters will do more "discovery" of candidates as the technology gets better surfacing related candidates to the skill set you need to find them for.
- Future technology will help guide recruiters to candidates they want.
- VolkScience.com can help you build custom email message templates to candidates.(currently in beta)
- Future recruiters will need to know how to leverage much more technology to be sucessful.
- The #1 job skill in 2020 will be "empathy". Something machines don't have.
- Check out Stanley Bot for Facebook Messenger. A Facebook messenger bot that takes care of things like answering recruitment related inquiries, processing job applications, interviewing potential candidates to creating a shareable audio profile for candidates you’d want to review and share.
- Looking for a good Chrome extension to help you search Facebook profiles? Click here.
- Don't try and keyword search facebook profiles on your own, use the 3rd party tools like Net Bootcamp.
- Stat of the day: Men apply to jobs if they think they meet 60% of the requirements while women only apply to jobs where they meet ALL the requirements.
- Quote of the day: “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”
And though I didn't get to stay for the night life it was good to reconnect with the usual suspects.
Looks like the west coast is next, Jeremy says they are headed to San Francisco in the fall.