CareerCo staffers recently participated in this year’s HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. The big takeaway is that HR technology is here to stay, but there were more new products centered on recruiting and sourcing.
As Josh Bersin, who blogs about HR and talent management, writes in his conference recap, it’s an exciting time to be an HR professional.
“The worlds of technology, mobile computing, analytics, and behavioral economics are all coming together for you!”
Here are a few more reactions from HR Tech 2015, and how CareerCo fits in:
The HR Industry Is Open to New Ideas
With more than 800 vendors at HR Tech, it’s safe to say that the industry is ripe for disruption. “Every technology imaginable, and some you haven’t even imagined yet … Pull up the vendor list from HR Tech, and you’ll be amazed,” writes Tim Sackett SPHR, the executive vice president of the staffing firm HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI, in his blog.
Ezra Schatz, one of CareerCo’s national account managers, was pleased that the people he met were interested in CareerCo’s business model.
“A lot of the people I talked to had a strong idea what cost-per-applicant was, but were curious how we were able to make it work,” he says. “When our infrastructure and 30-year history was discussed, they really liked hearing that we weren’t a new fly-by-night job board company, but much more than that. In fact, we go way beyond the traditional job boards in so many ways!”
Quality Over Quantity
Sackett also points out that a big trend and goal for many companies is to try to improve applicant quality once the candidate is already in the interview pipeline.
This is what we do best – we bring candidates to the table that meet your criteria. Working closely with the client, our team is able to customize each job posting so that only applicants who meet the job requirements make it through.
Everyone Is Vying for Your Talent Budget
“Recruitment marketing and recruitment automation technology was clearly the fastest growing segment of technology vendors at the HR Tech Conference,” writes Sackett in his piece for EREMedia.com. He surmises that large companies are willing to pay up to $100k for the best technology on the market to help them source and attract candidates. Of course, most small and mid-sized businesses have to seek alternative solutions that fit their budget.
With no up-front costs and minimal risk, you can control your spend using CareerCo’s performance-based model. In other words, you pay only for the applicants that you receive, and you can set caps/budgets on the number of candidates.
The Human Element
For all the talk about technology at the conference, the big question that follows is if it will ultimately replace recruiters and talent acquisition professionals. Most agreed that human interaction is still key during the most critical stages of the hiring process.
At CareerCo, human interaction works hand in hand with the cutting-edge technology. “A lot of people were especially interested in our 600+ Career Advisors, how we are able to make our business work through our call centers,” says Schatz.
Overall, the CareerCo team fit right in at the HR Tech Conference. Above all, the company is most excited to be a part of the positive disruption taking place in the industry.
If you were in attendance, what was your biggest takeaway from the conference?