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What Does 2013 Hold For Talent Communities? Here Are The 10 Ways They Will Transform Career Sites

In looking ahead to 2013, as talent communities gain in popularity, we are predicting a social renaissance of the corporate career website. This is a direct result of the social enterprise’s need to connect with top talent on the candidate’s terms. The best talent expects a certain level of respect, transparency and ease as they engage with potential employers and make critical career decisions. Only…


Added by Lauren Smith on December 16, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

SHRM 2012 Features Companies with an Edge in the Hiring Process

Ascendify is back in San Francisco from an exciting extended weekend at SHRM 2012! We loved sharing our social recruiting platform with hundreds of tech savvy HR folks, discussing the importance of talent communities and the future of social recruiting. Throughout the show, we met a few key companies that we feel are truly leading the way in social hiring. …


Added by Lauren Smith on June 28, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Buzz on SHRM 2012: Will we see you in Atlanta?

As we continue the nationwide launch of Ascendify’s new social recruiting platform, our second stop is the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference & Exposition June 24th-27th in Atlanta. Here’s why we hope to see you…


Added by Lauren Smith on June 19, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Join us as we launch at the NACE 2012 show in Vegas

This year, the annual NACE Conference & Expo is at the Paris Hotel & Casino in fabulous Las Vegas. What better place to kick-off the launch of Ascendify’s new social recruiting platform, than under the bright lights of Vegas? Here are our top reasons why you can’t miss us at the NACE show this year.

1. New social recruiting technology.

We’ll be…


Added by Lauren Smith on June 7, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Is a Talent Community the Right Recruiting Strategy for You?

Whether or not organizations should overhaul their existing corporate careers pages from a listing of job openings into a full-blown talent community has sparked some polarized debate recently. We’ve taken a look at both sides and provided a couple different points of view to help you decide.

PROS: Talent communities are the future of social recruiting. 

  1. Improve the candidate…

Added by Lauren Smith on May 17, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Does Your Job Description Capture the Attention of Top Talent?

Attracting top talent today is a challenge. Job seekers are exposed to job descriptions everywhere on the internet – major job boards, niche sites, social media channels, corporate career sites, Google Ads, and more.  However, top talent rarely spends much time sifting through job listings – you have a limited opportunity to capture their attention.  Below are five best practices to ensure your job description captures their attention, and motivates them to apply.…


Added by Lauren Smith on April 30, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

When does a Talent Community Become a Meaningful Recruiting Strategy?


Social recruiting is rapidly evolving, and we’re seeing that the application tracking systems of the past are no longer the most effective method for hiring. These applicant records can become stale rather quickly if they are only accessed when the hiring need arises. With an ATS, hiring managers wade through hundreds of outdated resumes from passive candidates who are likely to be out of touch because they have not engaged for quite some time. While talent pools can become…


Added by Lauren Smith on April 9, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

3 Strategies for Your Social Recruiting Efforts

With nearly 95% of people aged 18-35 belonging to at least one social network, HR professionals have turned to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to find job seekers.  If done well, social recruiting can be a powerful way to find the right candidates.  Nearly 80% of companies are using social networks as part of their hiring process.  But are they using them effectively?  Consider these three levels of the Social Recruiting Spectrum.

 1. Putting It Out…


Added by Lauren Smith on March 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Additional Concerns Candidates have with Today’s Job Search

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It’s hard enough for job seekers to find a job. And struggling with a poor candidate experience will just result in mounting frustration.  Some of these complaints from job seekers will likely sound all too familiar.

Can Facebook really help me land me a job?

Of course job seekers will use social networks to tell close friends and family that they’re looking for work.  But beyond that, they’re unsure of how to…


Added by Lauren Smith on March 27, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

What’s wrong with the Candidate Experience? Five Complaints from Job Seekers.

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On behalf of the recruiting industry, isn’t it time we apologized to job seekers everywhere? They’ve put up with challenges and complications associated with finding a job for too long. They’ve been jumping through hoops to land the perfect job, and frustration is mounting! We’re listening, and we’ve taken note of their biggest concerns.

Where do I start? 

They think top job boards like Monster or…


Added by Lauren Smith on March 26, 2012 at 9:15pm — 8 Comments


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