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Peter Weddle

AI-made beer, the September employment figures, a new compliance product from DirectEmployers, a new interviewing product from HireVue, a new job board for meeting professionals and more!  Stuff you might want to know or know about from inside the box and out.

New Job Board, Career Resources from EIC

“Have you heard that the National Automobile Dealers Association is looking for a convention planner? Or that TXCPA Houston needs a continuing education manager? Both of those jobs plus others are listed in the new Career Center on the Events Industry Council’s website. With record numbers of meeting professionals out of work or changing jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EIC’s newest resources are likely to find an eager audience.

“In addition to the Career Center, where job hunters can post their resumes, apply for jobs, and sign up for job alerts, EIC’s APEX Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force has released its third guide, ‘Resources for Workforce and Wellness.’ The guide is jam-packed with useful information, making it a must-read not just for out-of-work planners but for anyone dealing with the stress and changes of 2020.”

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There is already a beer created by Artificial Intelligence

“Technology has become a large part of our lives and with it Artificial Intelligence (AI) has intruded into our daily lives, so much so that with the help of it we have been able to create products that man normally makes.

“In this context, a Swiss company launched Deeper, the first beer in the European country created with the assistance of AI. The recipe for the drink was made by the algorithm known as Brauer AI.”

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HireVue Launches HireVue Interviews for Microsoft Teams

“The world continues to adapt to a ‘remote everything’ approach due to COVID-19, and 86% of organisations have adopted virtual interviewing as a way to support their distributed teams quickly, efficiently and safely, according to published reports of Gartner research. With HireVue Interviews for Teams, recruiters can engage with candidates directly through Teams, creating a seamless experience that is focused on finding the right candidates from a broad, geographically dispersed applicant pool.

“‘HireVue Interviews for Microsoft Teams will empower Teams users to more swiftly and effectively fill job roles with the best candidates for the job,’ said Kevin Parker, Chairman and CEO of HireVue. ‘We’re excited to partner with Microsoft to deliver a robust hiring solution that will enable easier collaboration between the recruiter and hiring manager, one that is fully integrated into their flow of work and which helps companies fight bias through a more structured and consistent interview process.’”

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September 2020 Employment Report

“Although employment indicators and job numbers continue to improve in September, they did so at a continuing slowing pace.

“The economy added a total of 661,000 nonfarm jobs in September that in of itself is a good number but is much less than the 1,489,000 it added in August as well as the July increase of 1,761,000 and pales to the 4,781,000 it added in June. A year ago in September 2019, it added 208,000 jobs . And not to lose perspective, in April, the economy lost almost 21,000,000 jobs

“Average hourly wages were up only two cents an hour in September after rising 10 cents in August from July.

“And Temporary help services has now added jobs for the fifth consecutive month but with a fairly anemic gain in September that was its smallest increase since growth resumed in May 2020.”

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DirectEmployers Announces DE Lite, Scalable Compliance and Recruitment Solutions

“DirectEmployers Association announced a new scalable compliance solution, DE Lite. This new product is designed for federal contractors, with fewer than 70 jobs per year, who need to fulfill job listing and delivery obligations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). DE Lite will offer contractors the superior VEVRAA compliance, reporting, and job syndication associated with DirectEmployers membership in job packages. This product seeks to fulfill compliance obligations for employers with smaller volume recruitment and job listing needs. DE Lite will also aid employers in their workforce diversity efforts by helping them reach active and verifiable pools of available veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, college alumni, and more.”

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The state of AI in 2020: Democratization, industrialization, and the way to artificial general intelligence

“After releasing what may well have been the most comprehensive report on the State of AI in 2019, Air Street Capital and RAAIS founder Nathan Benaich and AI angel investor and UCL IIPP visiting professor Ian Hogarth are back for more.

“In the State of AI Report 2020, Benaich and Hogarth outdid themselves. While the structure and themes of the report remain mostly intact, its size has grown by nearly 30%. This is a lot, especially considering their 2019 AI report was already a 136 slide long journey on all things AI.

“The State of AI Report 2020 is 177 slides long, and it covers technology breakthroughs and their capabilities, supply, demand, and concentration of talent working in the field, large platforms, financing, and areas of application for AI-driven innovation today and tomorrow, special sections on the politics of AI, and predictions for AI.”

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