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Peter Weddle

A chatbot gets acquired, Glassdoor starts rating employer diversity, IBM goes all in on AI, Road warriors turn into Zoom warriors, UNLEASH goes virtual, ICANN considers eliminating SHRM from .JOBS TLD and Asian, Individuals with Disabilities and Black hiring sets the pace in September

HireVue Acquires AllyO to Accelerate High-Volume Hiring with its Intelligent Recruiting Chatbot and Automation Solution

SALT LAKE CITY and PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HireVue, the global leader in virtual interviewing and assessments technology, today announced the acquisition of AllyO, positioning itself as a transformational player in the hiring landscape. AllyO’s industry leading recruiting chatbot and automated workflow software combined with HireVue’s state-of-the-art on-demand video interviewing and assessments, will increase hiring velocity and improve talent quality for companies, accessing a wider, more diverse candidate pool.

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September Was Another Blockbuster Hiring Month; Unemployment Dropped a Full Half a Percentage Point to 7.9

USDOL Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September 2020 Employment Situation Report reporting that U.S. employers hired 661,000 employees in September 2020. Despite this very large number compared to history, some economists were concerned that this handsome number was nonetheless half the number of the two-prior record-making months…. In a large boost to diversity concerns, Asian, Individuals with Disabilities and Black hiring led the parade of hires this September.

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IBM will spin off legacy business to focus on cloud and AI services

IBM is splitting into two public companies, with a spin-off handling the firm’s legacy IT infrastructure work, allowing IBM to focus on new high-margin businesses, particularly cloud services and AI. The 109-year-old company announced the news this week, which follows CEO Arvind Krishna’s longterm plan to streamline the sprawling business. Krishna took the reins of IBM in April 2020 after working on its $34 billion acquisition of open source software firm Red Hat from 2018 onwards. Red Hat’s software is key to IBM’s new hybrid cloud offerings.

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ICANN Considers a Change to the .JOBS TLD

Since the inception of the .JOBS TLD in 2005, Employ Media, the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD, has delegated the duties of the .JOBS TLD Sponsor to the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”). In this role, the Sponsor established an HR Council that functions independently as required by the .JOBS Registry Agreement. Employ Media is seeking to replace SHRM and to assume the role and duties of the .JOBS TLD Sponsor, comparable to other legacy sponsored TLDs such as .ASIA, .AERO, .XXX, and .COOP. In becoming the TLD Sponsor, Employ Media intends to retain the TLD Sponsor responsibilities and commitments to the .JOBS TLD Community. With this change, Employ Media would preserve the concept of an HR Council and continue to ensure this HR Council functions independently to serve the needs and act in the interest of the .JOBS TLD Community.

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UNLEASH Launches Online Platform & Acquires #HRWins

[From Marc Coleman, UNLEASH CEO & Founder] I’m thrilled to announce the launch of our new digital home. Here you will find an exciting new evolution of media publisher, forging a link between our global live experience and an interactive new ‘always-on’ community, where together we can continue our mission of  making work wonderful.… I’m also delighted to announce the appointment of my friend George LaRocque as Senior Vice President – Insights, and the acquisition of his industry leading brand HRWins who brings the best market insight on deals, start-ups, venture capital and HR tech investments than anyone else on the planet.

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Glassdoor launches diversity and inclusion ratings

Employer insight platform Glassdoor has launched public diversity and inclusion ratings to help job seekers assess how inclusive an organisation is…. Glassdoor now gives current or former employees the opportunity to rate an organisation’s D&I efforts on a 5-point scale. It tested the feature with 12 organisations. Salesforce came out on top with a rating of 4.6, followed by Accenture with a rating of 4.2 and Amazon with a rating of 4.1. It has also launched a new FAQ resource offering a list of the most popular questions job seekers ask about companies. Glassdoor said this allows easier access to relevant reviews about D&I at specific companies.

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Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

The covid-19 pandemic has converted thousands of salespeople from road warriors to Zoom warriors. Some companies are making the most of this shift by using tools powered by artificial intelligence to track and analyze their salesforce’s virtual pitches…. MavenLink uses a tool called Chorus to record and analyze sales video calls. It automatically transcribes speech, showing for example when salespeople speak too much, fail to steer the conversation away from competitors’ products, or forget to plan a follow-up chat. Waldum says Chorus helped his team land a recent deal by quickly highlighting a client’s concerns about finding and allocating staff for projects. After analyzing previous calls, MavenLink pitched a newly developed database product for managing staff.

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