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Restless Bandit 2017 Corporate Diversity Report: Sounding the Alarm!

Posted by Steve Goodman on Mar 29, 2017 6:01:22 AM
In the spring of 2016, in a meeting with several members of the Restless Bandit team, the Chief Human Resources Officer of a leading global retail apparel brand made the following proclamation: “For us to be a successful company, our employee diversity must demographically mirror our customer base.” 
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Topics: talent acquisition, hiring, HR, implicit bias, recruiting, unconscious bias, Diversity, workplace diversity

Two recruiter seats... for free?

Posted by Steve Goodman on Dec 5, 2016 10:38:42 AM

Free is an interesting concept. It can be complicated.

On one hand, who doesn’t like free? It’s human nature to love a good deal, and to not want to pay any more than we have to, for anything.

But free can also bring skepticism, or the perception of substandard quality—who among us doesn’t remember a parent or grandparent warning that “you get what you pay for”?

That old adage may still hold true for many goods and products. But software is a different animal, and with innovation comes a hurdle: getting people to try something new.

So letting them use it at no cost makes perfect sense. That’s why industry leaders like Slack, Splunk, Box, Optimizely, and Zenefits offer their high quality, high value products for free, up to a certain number of users, or set of features.

Like these companies, Restless Bandit has created an essential new tool to solve an old problem.

From our collective years of experience developing recruiting software, my Restless Bandit team knows that the struggle is real: most enterprise companies have no effective way to search their existing resume database. Time and time again, they open a new req for the same or similar job descriptions—duplicating previous work and spend—when they already have scores of great matches, who want to work for their company, in their resume database.

We’ve solved this problem with our Talent Rediscovery platform, and we know how much it helps recruiters. We want to get it into their hands—so they can see the value for themselves—right now!

There are, of course, tremendous costs that go into developing software. The time, expertise, intellectual property, and big data insights that go into creating a tool like our Talent Rediscovery platform are hard to even put a price on. Building the algorithms for an AI-based solution takes vast amounts of data, and even more time than many other types of software.

But every time a new customer gets started with Talent Rediscovery, they see the immediate value. How much time it saves. The high quality candidate matches it surfaces. The way it allows recruiting teams to spend their time doing the most stimulating and satisfying parts of their jobs, rather than the tedious tasks related to searching for new candidates.

As soon as our customers see that, two recruiter seats no longer cut it. They want it for every one of their recruiters and sourcers.

That’s why free makes sense for us.

So claim your two full-featured recruiter seats, on us, today. No limitations, no hidden upcharges. No catch. Just a good-faith opportunity to use the most powerful recruiting algorithms available, and see for yourself how essential Talent Rediscovery is for your team.

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Topics: HR Tech, talent acquisition, HR technology, talent rediscovery, recruiting tools, HR software, recruiting, free

Must-have apps for recruiters, at work and at home

Posted by Christina Perry on Nov 18, 2016 10:15:02 AM

Whether you’re a recruiter, parent, writer, HOA president, or all of the above (and more), there are apps that can make your life easier. (There are also apps that can waste your time, disappoint you, and make your life harder. We won’t go into those here.)

These are a few of the standouts that have proven themselves to reliably solve day-to-day problems for me. I think you’ll love them, too.

Sideline
(iPhone, Android)
Hate giving out your personal mobile phone number for work? I do too, but sometimes it’s the only way to make sure I can be reached.

For years I’ve either had to carry two phones (one work, one personal), or consolidate to just one, commingling work and personal so that any given ring could just as easily be my mom as it could a customer or a member of the media. It’s cumbersome, at best.

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Topics: talent acquisition, HRtech, recruiting, technology, misc

HR Tech debrief: themes and thoughts from Chicago

Posted by Christina Perry on Oct 31, 2016 4:36:31 PM

More than 8,500 people attended the 19th annual HR Technology conference in Chicago. Whether you were among them or not, you might be interested to read some of the key takeaways from thought leaders and observers:

AI is the new black
It's no secret that machine learning and big data analytics are the future of HR technology. Their close relative, artificial intelligence, by numerous accounts, was this year's focal point.

Women on the rise in HR Technology leadership
The inaugural 'Women in HR Technology' pre-conference event shined a spotlight on some of the women leading innovation in our industry, and offered insights into the challenges women face, as well as keys for success.

And the show was not without its cynics...
Putting hype before product function and substance is always a problem, in any industry. Addressing the issues can fall by the wayside, and some HR Tech attendees felt this was the case.

Wherever you fall on the excitement vs. cynicism spectrum, there's a lot of innovation and growth happening in HR tech, and they're changing the nature of how we do our jobs.

Help and hype are both there in abundance, and with a little research, savvy shoppers will no doubt find powerful tools to transform the way they work.

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Topics: HRtech

Where's the Party? After Hours at HR Tech

Posted by Christina Perry on Sep 29, 2016 4:49:44 PM

It’s almost here… HR Tech is in just a few days, and after all the the news and unveilings of the conference, the next question on everyone’s mind is: where’s the party?

(AT the show it's at the Restless Bandit booth #1416—join us at the bar, happy hour is from 2:00 on!)

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Topics: HR Tech, HRtech, Chicago, HR Tech Conference, After hours, Party, Social

HR Tech 2016: What's on your shopping list?

Posted by Christina Perry on Sep 21, 2016 12:55:54 PM

If you work in HR, you know that there’s a vast, almost overwhelming array of technology options. It’s an exciting time, because there are so many powerful tools that help streamline  tasks, manage data, and draw business-critical information and insights that we had no access to until recently.

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Topics: HR Tech, HR technology, talent rediscovery, HRtech, HR software, Chicago

What happens in Chicago: A pre-HR Tech visitor's guide

Posted by Christina Perry on Sep 9, 2016 10:57:36 AM

In just a few weeks, the innovators, early adopters, and visionaries of HR Tech will be converging on the Windy City, after gathering in Sin City for the last couple of years. We all know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… but what about Chicago? This is uncharted territory.

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Topics: HR Tech, HRtech, Travel, Chicago, Conference

Implicit bias in recruiting: how can we avoid it?

Posted by Christina Perry on Aug 17, 2016 11:01:19 PM

Implicit bias is a natural and unavoidable reality when we’re dealing with people. The very things that make humans able to do things a computer can’t—like feelings and instincts—are also the ones that can be a liability in hiring.

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Topics: talent acquisition, machine learning, talent rediscovery, hiring, artificial intelligence, restless bandit, implicit bias, eeoc, bias, compliance, recruiting, data science

From a roar to a whimper: Monster acquired by Randstad for $3.40 a share

Posted by Christina Perry on Aug 9, 2016 1:00:17 PM

Today’s announcement of Randstad’s acquisition of Monster is another significant development in the consolidation of online recruitment companies.

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Topics: talent acquisition, linkedin, talent rediscovery, HRtech, sourcing, resume refresh, restless bandit, staffing, monster, job boards, recruiting, data science, acquisitions

Talent Rediscovery: What are the skill sets in your workforce?

Posted by Steve Goodman on Aug 1, 2016 8:31:26 PM

The global workforce is rapidly changing, and human capital is—by any measure—the most critical asset any company manages.

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Topics: talent acquisition, talent matching, talent rediscovery, workforce, retention, skills inventory, employee engagement, talent assessment, skills assessment, talent management, recruiting, skills, human capital