Will One of These Talent Startups Be a Homerun?

joblintBigger human resources/recruiting technology companies are scurrying around working on new products. IBM, using Watson, is working on a release of its new “Kenexa Talent Insights” product using common language, like “What is the most common reason for candidates rejecting an offer?” We’ve heard that somewhere around November 12, Glassdoor (as it also eyes a European expansion) will launch a “company updates” feature, a little like you see on a LinkedIn home page feed. And Gild — wow, did we just call that a big company? That’s what happens when there are so many startups — is transitioning itself from a sourcing/screening tool for developers into a full-blown recruiting system for all candidates.

But, meanwhile, you have more new companies launching in this field. Like:

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  • Homerun, based in the Netherlands right now, for writing job descriptions, asking screening questions, collaborating to make a hiring decision, and more.
  • Joblint, for testing a job description for “sexism, culture, expectations, and recruiter fails.” We’re having some fun (though getting mixed results) testing some of the more outrageous job descriptions. We’re also wondering about video.
  • Fyre, out of Orlando. The website isn’t the most clear as to what the company does — but essentially it’s a tool to track candidates and call up notes while you source, working into your existing workflow (as opposed to a new system).
  • Salary Fairy, for the community to predict what someone should make.

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.

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