Phil Strazzulla's Blog (100)

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

Recruiting Chatbot ROI

I feel very strongly when it comes to People professionals using hard core business cases and ROI to demonstrate the value they are bringing to the organization. I think time and again the People Ops function is overlooked despite the obvious benefits we bring to the company. This dynamic exists in part because HR is held to a higher standard due to their…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on April 9, 2019 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

The Two Most Important Reasons Your HR Team Needs A Chatbot

Are you looking to get an HR chatbot to help with your recruiting efforts?  The overall chatbot market is going to be worth $3.7 Billion by 2021, and nearly half of the Fortune 500 are considering buying a chatbot for their HR function.

The conversational driven marketing approach that has worked for so many corporate marketing teams can also drive leads and conversions for…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on November 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Talent Community ROI

Many Talent Acquisition departments are thinking through how they can use talent communities (or CRM, talent pipelines, etc - all more of less the same for the purposes of this post) to drive more job seekers into their hiring funnels.

I can't remember a conversation I've had with someone in HR  where I brought up the idea of building out talent communities and they weren't interested.  But, the majority of people are having a…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 22, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Transforming The Hiring Funnel

In the world of talent acquisition, we've all seen the many references to recruiting and marketing, and how that translates into thinking about the hiring pipeline like a funnel.  The problem with the funnel, in our opinion, is the shape.

Funnels are wide at the top, and then get very narrow at the bottom.  The implication is that many people apply, and very few get hired.  In fact, a company this morning was bragging about having 5k applications for 5 hires.

While many…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 21, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Whiteboard Wednesday: SEO Doesn't Matter for Talent Acquisition

A while back I wrote a post about why SEO is a waste of time for HR. Up to this point, no one has come out to prove me wrong.  To be honest, I'm a bit saddened as I thought there'd be someone who'd cracked the code on a scalable SEO strategy that wasn't purely based on branded keywords.  Oh well.

Because I still hear people talking about SEO in talent acquisition, I thought it was important to devote one of our…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Whiteboard Wednesdays: "Recruiting is like Marketing" Explained

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, we talk through why recruiting is like marketing.  And, more importantly, why it's pretty different too.  This is meant to be an explanation for someone who's new on their journey to understanding what is going on in recruitment marketing and employer branding.

Maybe this is a good video for your boss to get their buy in for a new careers site.  Maybe it will get your…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 13, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Talent Pools: What You Need to Know

Talent pools are virtual communities of passive job seekers stored in a database which allow HR teams to pipeline future employees. Wikipedia provides a longer definition, but the idea is that talent pools allow the employer to build communities filled with candidates who are interested in working there in the future. It provides you with the ability to engage passive candidates frequently and to tap into this reserve whenever you…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 11, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

What Constitutes Employer Branding?

There are so many different avenues to spend time and resources on when it comes to "employer branding."  To make matters worse, many talent acquisition offerings have some sort of "employer branding" angle to them that is designed to get HR to buy.

However, the vast majority of these offerings are more about traffic than they are about your over all employer brand. Check out what we mean in this video:…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 7, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

5 Talent Community Best Practices

Talent Communities are a great way to engage passive candidates and build warm pipelines of talented, thoughtful job seekers.  However, they are full of various pitfalls that can hamstring their performance.  We've studied what makes a talent community succeed and fail.  With that in mind, we wanted to share the best practices that any talent community strategy should follow.  But first, the basics:

What's a Talent Community

A talent community is the mechanism…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 5, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Talent Community Personas

Talent Communities are incredible ways of driving more quality candidates into your hiring funnel.  They are the perfect way to grab the information of people who are not quite ready to apply for a job, but still interested in your company.

They're Very Thoughtful

The most exciting part of these pipelines is the QUALITY of candidates who are opting in.

Think about the mentality of someone who…

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Added by Phil Strazzulla on June 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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