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Rec Tech: the Recruiting Technology Podcast

Bringing you technology inspired conversations with practitioners and vendors in the recruiting technology arena.

Jul 31, 2020

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tilr , a Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered and Toronto, Ontario-based corporation, proudly announces the launch of its new skill matching and skill mapping, patent-pending hiring platform. 

tilr ‘s machine learning algorithm is based on unique ‘skills-matching’ technology that utilizes weighted skills, relevant occupations and other job preferences tailored to serve both the public and private sectors, including part-time and full-time workers, with a web application (‘App’) readily available for companies and governments, and a mobile application for job-seekers.

This new version of tilr , combined with years of inputs from past matches, enables the technology to learn intuitively in order to ensure the best possible job match. 

Companies will be able to choose from a labor marketplace of readily available workers and identify where skills lie ‘in-house’, saving in both human resources time and costs, while eliminating bias in the onboarding process. 

Job-seekers can input their skills through tilr’s intuitive application or by using tilr’s resume-to-skill mapping technology. They will be able to then match their skill-sets with the positions best suited in real-time and further, find opportunities conveniently located near them and accommodating to their schedules.

tilr Co-Founder and CEO, Stephen Shefsky, stated that, “We are pleased to announce the launch of tilr ‘s new skill-matching and skill-mapping technology. tilr provides a fast, efficient and user friendly alternative to antiquated key word searches on job boards. This is the culmination of our Team’s investment in and dedication to continued technological originality, differentiating ourselves in automating and innovating the onboarding experience, one in my view that was previously inefficient in bringing jobs and job seekers together.

Modern Hire, the all-in-one enterprise hiring platform that enables organizations to continuously improve hiring experiences and outcomes with trusted science and technology, announced its acquisition of Sonru, an Ireland-based provider of automated video interviewing technology. The combined organization offers the most comprehensive enterprise hiring technology product suite in the global marketplace, extending Modern Hire’s team, reach and expertise, and providing enhanced value to Sonru’s clients.

Over the past decade, Sonru has established itself as a talent acquisition technology leader within the EMEA and APAC regions. Its video interviewing solution maximizes the candidate experience and enables recruiters to replicate a live interview by replacing early-stage phone, Skype or face-to-face interviews. Sonru’s technology reduces recruitment lifecycle time and costs by 50 percent. Its customers come from a wide variety of industry, including several Fortune Global 500 companies such as DHL, Nestlé, Qatar Airways, Rolls-Royce, UBS and Westpac.

Incorporating Sonru into the Modern Hire brand expands Modern Hire’s client-facing presence to include offices and staff in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, enabling Modern Hire to serve most major regions and time zones around the world.

“The Sonru and Modern Hire union brings together two companies focused on innovation with emphasis on the candidate experience,” said Ed Hendrick, founder and CEO, Sonru. “Our strategic decision to combine with Modern Hire allows us reinforce our clients’ leadership in enhancing the candidate experience with Modern Hire’s expanded suite of solutions. We look forward to contributing further to our clients’ success with the most comprehensive enterprise hiring platform globally, empowering them to use science and data to attract and engage the right talent.”

Handshake, the number one site for college students to find jobs and get hired, today announced the availability of an end-to-end virtual job search and recruiting solution. With this new offering, colleges and universities can host virtual career fairs, employers can leverage the first seamless solution to manage all virtual recruiting for early talent, and college students can participate in virtual fairs and events to get on the fast track to get hired. This virtual solution includes a purpose-built mobile and web video experience, enabling authentic personal engagement through the recruiting process.

Handshake’s comprehensive virtual recruiting solution allows employers to:Receive up-to-date candidate recommendations based on network activity and their specific hiring criteria from the nationwide Handshake school network that includes over 1,000 colleges and universities.Spend more time engaging with students, building meaningful personal connections through video, audio, and chat directly within Handshake’s website and mobile app.Build their brand by allowing employee ‘Ambassadors’ to engage in online dialogue with students from their alma maters.

Handshake’s technology for virtual career fairs and events provides students a more curated, efficient experience, eliminating many of the pitfalls of in-person job fairs. Instead of plotting out a map of booths and waiting in lines, students can now browse employers ahead of time and schedule all of their sessions in advance—or, they can click the link on the day of the fair and join sessions that day. In addition, students can attend one-on-one video sessions with employers, and get an inside look into company culture, internships, and jobs during virtual sessions.

Handshake’s virtual offering also provides comprehensive promotional, administrative, and reporting tools to help higher education career centers ensure they can continue to provide their students with access to a wide range of internships and job opportunities.


Zenefits, the HR, benefits and payroll platform, today announced additions to its product suite with the launch of People Hub and Employee Engagement Surveys. These powerful people enablement tools offer enterprise-grade HR technology solutions built for small and mid-sized businesses.

The world —and the world of work— has changed drastically since March. Changes have put a spotlight on a company’s ability to understand the sentiment of its workforce and to effectively communicate with them. Under normal circumstances, employee engagement and workforce communication are tough challenges for small and medium businesses. But effectively addressing these issues when employees are working from home and adhering to social distancing recommendations is seemingly impossible. It’s no surprise that a June 2020 Gallup poll showed the largest decline in U.S. employee engagement in the 20 years they have been tracking the metric.

Part of Zenefits’ all-in-one “people platform,” the new tools help businesses centralize communications with a distributed workforce, easily gather and analyze employee sentiment, and support employee well-being. With this rollout, Zenefits is continuing to help level the playing field for small businesses via tools that were previously only available to large companies. The two new offerings complement the company’s popular Employee Well-being, Performance Management, and Compensation Management apps as additional tools to help Zenefits’ customers increase workforce productivity and engagement.


iHire, the online recruitment company, has published its second annual State of Online Recruiting Report, highlighting the results of a survey of 3,184 U.S. employers and job seekers across 56 industries. Survey responses suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the struggle to find qualified talent and heightened candidate frustration with a lack of employer communication.

Key findings detailed in iHire’s State of Online Recruiting 2020 Report include the following:

  • The majority of employers (77.1%) struggle to find qualified talent: 39.0% of employers said “receiving unqualified/irrelevant applicants” was their No. 1 challenge when recruiting through an online job board, website, or community, while 38.1% said “finding qualified candidates in my area” was their main concern. Finding qualified, relevant talent was also the most common employer challenge cited in 2019’s survey.
  • Job seekers crave stronger employer communication: 18.8% of candidates were most frustrated by not hearing back from employers after applying and/or interviewing (versus 26.4% in 2019).
  • When asked which trend would most impact online recruiting in the coming year, 35.2% of employers cited “limitations on hiring in general due to economic downturn.” However, businesses appear to be on the upswing, as 72.8% of employers said they were actively hiring.

A total of 3,184 U.S. job seekers (2,841) and employers (343) responded to iHire’s State of Online Recruiting Survey in May and June 2020.


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