5 Recruitment News Stories to Take Note of this Week - 12th September 2016

In recruitment news this week:

LinkedIn Recruiter Unveils 3 New Search Filters

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Any sourcer will tell you that when it comes to finding the right candidate, one of the most painstaking processes is whittling down LinkedIn search results. But as of last week that process became a little bit easier with the introduction of 3 brand spanking new advanced search filters.

Yes, the new filters are now available for Recruiter and Recruiter Professional Services customers, and their main function is to “help you zero in on the talent you’re looking for”. So what do these magical new filters do? Here’s a brief synopsis of each:

1. Find fresh faces by hiding profiles you’ve already viewed
When you’re sourcing for a new role or building up a promising pipeline, scanning through hundreds of profiles can take a mental toll, as faces and names start to blend together. So the first of LinkedIn’s new filters entitled ‘Hide previously viewed’, is designed to save you the time and effort by filtering out profiles you’ve previously visited within the last 3-6 months.

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2. Connect with candidates who speak the right language
While it’s been possible to filter candidates based on their primary language for a while, it has never been easy to find candidates who are multilingual. Which is exactly what the new ‘Spoken languages’ filter now lets you do! Now you can quickly identify candidates who speak the languages your role requires, and even specify what level of proficiency is required – from elementary ability to fully bilingual.

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3. Identify and recruit U.S. military veterans
The third and final filter is one that will delight US recruiters! The new ‘U.S. Military Veterans’ search filter helps you identify more than 2.2 million LinkedIn members who have served in the US military.

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We’re delighted to see the addition of these new filters to advanced search. Which one do you see yourself using the most? Let us know in the comments below.


CareerBuilder (Might Be) Officially ‘For Sale’

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Announced last week, Tegna, the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates and Cars.com, is evaluating “strategic alternatives” for its other website: job directory, CareerBuilder. And as Recruiting Tools Joel Cheesman points out everyone in the world of business knows, “strategic alternatives” loosely translates to “We’re for sale, everybody! Make an offer today!”

Adding fuel to the sale rumours, it was also reported last week, that CareerBuilder has severed its partnership to power the job sections of newspapers sites like Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

There are even already reports that predict the timeline for an acquisition deal could be early 2017. We’ll keep you posted folks!


One Third of Young UK People Lack Confidence in Local Job Prospects


According to a brand new survey published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation, 32% of UK 16-21 year olds (that’s 1 in 3) lack confidence in local job prospects, and only 35% believe local firms offer career opportunities to match their ambitions.

The young people surveyed also feel that they lack awareness of opportunities (35%), and over half (56%) worry about gaining the relevant experience for the role they want.

The survey, conducted by Populus, found that a lack of confidence affected those from lower-socio economic groups more, as they are less likely than their peers to believe they can get employed locally (33% compared to 25%). As a result, the report calls for employers to work with education on tackling the issue, as it’s not a lack of vision holding these young people back. In fact, 63% of young people said they have the ambition to lead a team, while 40% said they aspired to become the boss of a company, and 37% said they would like to start their own business.

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of CMI, comments:

“Young people aspire to become leaders but it’s currently luck of the draw whether they get the necessary chances to learn how. We need employers and educators to help the next generations to develop practical skills and confidence from a younger age. If we are to succeed in creating regional powerhouses outside London then we must have home-grown leaders. Making management and leadership skills part of the school curriculum will help bridge the gap between employers and the next generation of workers.”

While Maryanne Matthews, Chief Executive of EY Foundation, added:

“What young people are saying loud and clear in this report is that there is a disconnect between having an experience(s) of work and the confidence to get a job, especially if they come from a low-income household. And while we are hearing that many employers, schools and colleges across the country are doing great things and offering inspiring experiences of work, there are still too many young people who are not getting this access – and they are calling for it! We want every young person, in every region across the UK to have the same systematic and high-quality experiences of work with local employers. Greater levels of collaboration are needed to fix this – and that’s what the recommendations in this report are all about.”


Irish “Robot” Recruitment Firm Seeking Investors

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Robot recruitment may soon be taking a big step towards becoming a reality now that a Dublin start-up is seeking to raise €500,000 in investment while aiming to partner with Irish recruiters and tech firms.

Founders Andreea Wade and Adrian Mihai claim that their venture – Opening.io, which uses machine learning, web mining, semantic search and methods such as natural language processing – can pick out the best candidates for a defined role from tens of thousands of job applications, or candidates, in a database.

“Our service is specifically designed for HR departments and recruiters. We’re continuing to improve the data science so it can identify people not only with the right skills fit but also match culturally with employers. In the coming months it will also make the application process on online job boards much more efficient, predict how much more you’d earn if you learned a new skill and tell you the current market salary based on your CV,” Wade told The Independent.

The business has been working with a small number of trial partners including Dublin-based CXC Corporate Services, which helps companies manage their contract workers.

“We have found Opening’s software very easy to use but, more importantly, their platform has given our clients insights into their data that they didn’t think was possible,” said CXC’s Managing Director Connor Heaney.

What do you think of the prospect of robot recruitment firms? Do you welcome the development or believe the human touch is an essential element of the recruitment process? Tell us what you think on Twitter @SocialTalent.


Tinder Reveal the Most Attractive Jobs in the UK

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The infamous online dating app, Tinder, has revealed which professions gain most ‘likes’ through right swipes in the UK. Popular female jobs include teachers, dentists and (rather unusually) speech pathologists. For males, lawyers, actors and creative directors were considered most attractive.

You’ll be delighted to hear that recruiters came in at 11th place out of the top 15 professions for women, beating both models and flight attendants!

Top 15 Most Attractive Female Jobs on Tinder:

  1. Teacher
  2. Dentist
  3. Speech Pathologist
  4. Interior Designer
  5. Event Planner
  6. Lawyers
  7. Real Estate Agents
  8. Personal Trainer
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Journalist
  11. Recruiter
  12. Musician
  13. Psychologist
  14. Model
  15. Flight Attendant

Top 15 Most Attractive Male Jobs on Tinder:

  1. Lawyer
  2. Actor
  3. Creative Director
  4. Flight Attendant
  5. Journalist
  6. Entrepreneur/CEO
  7. Architect
  8. Personal Trainer
  9. Teacher
  10. Doctor
  11. Photographer
  12. Registered Nurse
  13. Engineer
  14. Model
  15. Chef

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