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100+ Top HR and Recruiting Podcasts

More and more of the smartest people in the HR industry are sharing their best practices through insightful interviews via podcasts. Whether you’re on your morning commute or working out in the gym, these podcasts are a great way to stay up to date on the latest in everything from people analytics to hr…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 28, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cost Per Applicant Benchmarks For Talent Acquisition Teams (2019)

A few weeks ago I was on a hunt for cost per applicant benchmarks. I wanted to see on average how much an applicant was worth to a company’s recruiting team so that I could think about the ROI behind various ways to increase job seeker traffic.

Of course, an "applicant" can mean very different things. It can mean a software engineer in New York City or a customer service representative in North Dakota. While each valuable, the former is a much-harder-to-find person…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 27, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

Office Hours with SelectSoftware Reviews

I started SelectSoftware because I know firsthand how hard it is to find and buy the right HR and recruiting software. There are too many vendors, biased online research, and lots of conflicting opinions. I wanted to help and knew that I could create a site to aggregate all the best information from the smartest people in our industry.

I get a lot of joy from looking at the number of people who visit our site to learn from our research. Currently, that number is a…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 25, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Skills-Based Hiring: A New Approach With Skillist

We met with Ananth Kasturiraman, co-founder of Skillist, to discuss the flaws in our traditional hiring system and how “skills-based hiring” addresses some of these inefficiencies. Skillist is a Boston-based software company that offers a new approach to the hiring process by creating a better way for job-seekers and employers to connect and…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 22, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Gen Z Should Consider HR Internships



Jake Rosenberg guest authored this post. He had reached out to us…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 20, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments

Video Interviews in the Age of Coronavirus

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on March 19, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Key Benefits of Video Interviews HR Needs to Know

With demand for talent at an all-time high, businesses are relying more on new tools and technologies to help streamline the recruiting process and find the talented candidates they need. Video interviewing software is one particular tool that has taken a powerful position in the hiring process. In fact, 60% of hiring managers report that they have…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on August 5, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

While Companies Make Strides Towards Diverse Workplaces, Political Diversity Struggles in Tech

Despite increased pressure to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, diversity is still an area where many companies struggle. Lack of diverse hiring teams, limited recruiting processes that fail to reach a broad candidate pool, and unconscious similarity biases all pose significant barriers to expanding a company’s diversity quotient. Businesses also fail to create an inclusive workplace when they focus on hitting diversity quotas rather than on shifting the company…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on August 2, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

HRTech Tools You Need to Know More About - July 2019

This month we’re featuring WorkTech that allow People teams to do their jobs more efficiently at scale. From video interviewing to sourcing, these tools have all impressed us with their use of new technology like AI, intuitive products, and most importantly their ability to drive measurable ROI.

The solutions we’re highlighting this month hit our radar either through a recommendation by an HR practitioner, or through the monthly meetings we have with VCs, analysts, vendors,…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 30, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Student Debt Roundtable: How Organizations Need To Adapt

This morning we met with David Chang, CEO of Gradifi, Andy Porter, Chief People Officer at Broad Institute, and…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 29, 2019 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Saving Time With Tech Assessments

With the number of unfilled programming related jobs expected to reach one million by 2020, the demand for talented engineers and programmers is soaring. For businesses, finding and attracting the most qualified engineers is crucial for success, but the process can be extremely…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 9, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Buy HR Software – A Step by Step Guide Complete with Best Practices

Buying HRTech (or WorkTech, PeopleTech, TATech…whatever you want to call it) can be very difficult. There are many vendors, internal stakeholders, and general pitfalls that you have to look out for. After more than a decade working in software, we thought it was time to help people buy the right tools faster while avoiding all the bad stuff.

Any business leader has to be…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 5, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

HR Jobs Are Changing– And So Are Their Salaries

HR has evolved immensely over the past decade. Due to our increased reliance and integration of technology, every part of a business is changing, and that includes HR. With this change has come a wave of new HR jobs, such as the Chief People Officer and the emergence of “People teams.” Rebranded and refreshed, these are not merely title changes, but changes in responsibility, qualifications, and even salary.

Below, we investigated some of the new positions in the “People” function,…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on July 2, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Top Free Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) - Updated 2019

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software application designed to improve the recruitment process by making hiring simpler and more efficient. Applicant Tracking Systems allow companies of all sizes to stay organized and productive throughout the hiring process by managing job postings, filtering resumes, organizing applicant information, contacting applicants, and scheduling interviews.…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 28, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Measuring Employee Lifetime Value

This morning a group of People and TA leaders gathered in the EverQuote offices in Cambridge to talk about employee lifetime value. The full video is below, and here are the notes.

Marketing’s Journey

First off, it’s always helpful to learn from those who have gone before us. In this case, marketing has spent the last few decades moving from a world of spray and pray brand advertising, to a more analytical mindset where every dollar spent on advertising is…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

300+ Questions to Ask Applicant Tracking System Vendors on Demos

Practitioners shouldn’t feel shy about taking charge on a demo. Granted, the salesperson is adept at giving you an efficient overview of what the product does and how it’ll fit into your overall HRTech stack. But, you know what’s important to you.

You should definitely go into a demo with a list of questions to ask. If you’re at a loss for words, here is what we could consider the ultimate list of questions to ask an applicant tracking system vendor on a demo. It’s worth noting, you…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 21, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

HRTech Practitioners Love, JD Conway's Favorite WorkTech

We recently chatted with BambooHR’s head of Talent Acquisition JD Conway about what HRTechnology he’s using, as well as some general advice on how to buy HRTech.



For context, BambooHR is a 500…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 18, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What You Need To Know About Employee Rewards Software Pricing

Employee rewards software pricing can be challenging to understand.  Beyond the complexity, there are actually different pricing models that different vendors use, along with a few common pitfalls that HR teams need to avoid when getting new employee rewards software. Employee rewards software pricing can be challenging to understand.  Beyond the complexity, there are actually different pricing models that different vendors use, along with a few common pitfalls that HR teams need to avoid…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 17, 2019 at 10:44am — No Comments

12 HRTech Tool Recommendations From A Talent Acquisition Veteran

We recently caught up with Jay Curry of TalentRobot to ask him what his favorite HRTech tools are and why. Jay is an experienced recruiting and HR leader who’s spent a lot of time in house, and recently launched his own business where he’s gotten to see the insides of many different companies.…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 14, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

AI for Recruiting is Here, But There's No Need To Worry

Many people are concerned that AI is going to take their job, or somehow make the world a scarier place to live in. While there may be some cause for concern, especially in the distant future where we have limited predictive powers, AI is mostly going to change the world for the better.

Just like AI has the ability to transform our healthcare, education and transportation systems, this same type of technology is going to have massive impacts on recruiting. In fact, it’s already…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 11, 2019 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

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