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HR-XML 3.0 Released

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 10:49am Monday 26 October 2009    Print Article

HR-XML standard is a set of XML specifications that allows e-business and data-exchange automation in the human resources area.† This new version (HR-XML 3.0) of the HR-XML standards aligns its schemas for human resources interoperability applications with the Open Applications Group implementation of UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) core components, making them more universal than ever.

By developing and publishing open data exchange standards based on XML, the HR-XML Consortium provides the means for any company to transact with other companies without having to establish, engineer, and implement many separate interchange mechanisms.

HR-XML 3.0 Standards - 23rd September 2009

Over the years, a variety of custom XML formats have been developed for resumes and CVs, but none of them has grown popular enough to become an industry standard. While there is nothing wrong with writing resumes the old way, putting some kind of structure to resumes would be beneficial.

One of the XML vocabularies published by HR-XML is the candidate specification. This specification defines a resume or CV document in pure XML, allowing the content to be processed and exchanged easily.

Instead of treating resumes as just regular binary blobs of PDF or .doc files, search engines could actually be made to do a lot more with structured resumes.

Right now each Recruitment Agency, Job Board or Employer has to maintain its own database, with no way of converting the information in the database to an actual usable resume. Imagine if people could just upload their structured resumes in some repository (with the appropriate access control etc) and then searching would become so much more manageable.

Maintaining different formats of my resume and keeping them consistent with one another is a huge effort. A structured resume offers an elegant solution to this problem.

Write your resume once in some format, and then there will be tools to take that specification and convert it to whatever format you want. For each format, you might be able to control the presentation separately.


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Article Tags: hr-xml xml xml specifications human resources hr recruitment hr-xml.org resume hr standard xml resume

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Cut the fat. Goodbye job reference field

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 3:11pm Friday 23 October 2009    Print Article

Why do job sites waste space making the job reference id so prominent? Do job seekers really care about the id while browsing job search results?





Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/cut-the-fat-goodbye-job-reference-field-a285.html

Article Tags: job reference job site online recruitment ux job search results

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SEEK Play Room

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 10:17am Thursday 22 October 2009    Print Article

Do you need some fun at work today? SEEK has released a new game called Cannon Tester. What is your highest score?

You can play the game below.




Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/seek-play-room-a284.html

Article Tags: seek seek.com.au games seek play room cannon tester

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Your job alert subscription will expire in 26 days

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 11:19am Wednesday 21 October 2009    Print Article

Email is a very effective way of attracting candidates and clients to your website. This morning, I received an email job alert reminder notifying me that unless I renew my subscription, it will expire in 26 days. Why didn't I think of this function earlier? What an effective way to keep your database up to date!

Chances are, you spent a fair amount of money and energy to build your job alert/email database. Except, over time we change email addresses and forget to unsubscribe from mailing lists.

There is no point in using email as a marketing or communication tool, if you are not tracking or measuring the effectiveness of this medium.

If you think about it, the cost to reconstitute a clean, ready-to-mail, no-bounce list may be significantly lower than acquiring a new subscriber. Do the math and figure out whether having a clean, deliverable database of subscribers who have maintained a relationship with your agency is worth the investment.

If you havenít already done so, you need to verify and clean your email database regularly. These actions may include



Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/your-job-alert-subscription-will-expire-in-26-days-a283.html

Article Tags: database management email job alerts email marketing job alerts job search email database automatic expiry email address maintenance email delivery rates

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Job Board Statistics - Sep 09

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 1:37pm Monday 19 October 2009    Print Article

Australian Job Board Statistics measuring the total unique browsers between September 2008 and September 2009. Data source - Nielsen NetRatings. SEEK 3.636m, CareerOne 1.601m, MyCareer 1.189m





Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/job-board-statistics-sep-09-a282.html

Article Tags: september 2009 job board job board statistics nielsen netratings seek careerone mycareer job board report

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jobs.NSW Goverment job board now powered by Taleo

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 9:00am Friday 16 October 2009    Print Article

After 9 months of splash pages and redirecting visitors to a number of different job boards. Taleo has released the new job board and career portal for NSW Government called jobs.NSW

Earlier this year the NSW Government's job board was hacked and candidates data was apparently used in a number of phishing scams. At that same time, Taleo was awarded the contract for the whole-of-government e-recruitment solution.

The site design and layout is clean, fresh and appealing to the eyes. Unfortunately I was let down by the complicated job search form and lack of job board features (eg RSS feeds).





Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/jobs-nsw-goverment-job-board-now-powered-by-taleo-a281.html

Article Tags: nsw government job board taleo jobs.nsw.gov.au job search website design hacked jobs.nsw careers career portal e-recruitment

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ITJobs, powered by MyCareer

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 9:20pm Thursday 15 October 2009    Print Article

IT job boards must be all the rage at the moment. If you have been observing the marketplace over the past few months, you may have noticed a number of changes. Gurus had a makeover. JobNet (one of the first job board in Australia owned by JobServe) re-launches. IT2 (owned by ITCRA) re-launched and changed technology platforms from MyCareer to CareerOne/turboRECRUIT. And now, MyCareer will re-launch ITJobs in conjunction with CBS Interactive.

Dust off your BASIC & COBOL skills, Y2K is approaching. Old job sites are new again! The domain name itjobs.com.au was used previously as a job board by Fairfax between 1998 - 2003.

Is the marketplace big enough for any more players?





Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/itjobs-powered-by-mycareer-a280.html

Article Tags: itjobs itjobs.com.au mycareer zdnet cbsinteractive job board it jobs mycareer.com.au it2.com.au it2 itcra turborecruit jobnet jobnet.com.au gurus gurus.com.au fairfax careerone careerone.com.au jobserve jobserve.com.au

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Translating Recruitment Software

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 12:30pm Wednesday 14 October 2009    Print Article

With a combination of automatic translation software and the power of mass collaboration, Google Translator Toolkit is helping an Australian recruitment software vendor the ability to translate their software into Arabic. Previously, we discussed the possibility of translating recruitment websites into other languages, but what if you could translate your promotions and products for free?

Automatic language translation often fails to understand the context of a word and usually misinterprets recruitment terminology. To address this flaw, Recruitment Systems are now sharing screenshots of their TRIS software with Arabic speakers to create much more accurate translations.

This form of crowdsourcing combines the speed of automatic translation with the logic of human translation and the only cost to Recruitment Systems is the prize they are offering to one lucky translator† (an F1 racing experience).

This is not the first time the power of the crowd has been used to translate a system. Facebook translated their pages into more than 65 different languages. Even so, Recruitment Systems' TRIS Recruitment CRM product is to be the first major ATS to be available in Arabic.

As you can see in the screenshot below, Arabic-speaking recruiters are presented with a split screen to compare English and Arabic text. When the document was uploaded it was automatically translated and 24% of the words were accurate. As people contribute to the translation, the system selects the most accurate Arabic words to use.

If you understand Arabic and you would like to take part in this recruitment software translation, visit the website.






Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/translating-recruitment-software-a279.html

Article Tags: recruitment software language translation google translate recruitment systems recruitmentsystems.com.au tris collaboration crowdsourcing google translator toolkit arabic recruitment system ats applicant tracking system

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Importing Contact Lists from Social Networking sites

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 12:00am Wednesday 14 October 2009    Print Article

How many times have you joined a social networking site and wished that your friends would be there with you? Most of us have established friends/contact lists on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or MySpace. So how can we make it easy for the user to invite their network to your website?

We know that the best way to generate genuine traffic is by referrals. Allowing your users to invite/import their friends and contacts from the various number of social networking or email providers is a popular method to virally grow your website subscribers.

Some users may have a small number of friends, where as others may have THOUSANDS!

By adding an import function, users can simply connect with their existing social networks or contact lists to invite/notify them of your website.

You may remember my previous blog posts such as Integrating your Job Board with Facebook Connect, Sharing Jobs on Social Networks using JobGenie or Share on LinkedIn. These are only a small number of API's available for use.

If you are going to add this function, you need to make it as smooth (and transparent) as possible. There are a variety of importing scripts in the marketplace and it is smarter not to reinvent the wheel if someone else has already made it.






Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/importing-contact-lists-a278.html

Article Tags: api contact list import contacts social networking facebook twitter linkedin myspace referrals import friends friend lists social media

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Kan je vertalen?

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 1:51pm Tuesday 13 October 2009    Print Article

Can you speak another language besides English? I know I can't. So what happens when you view a recruitment website in another language?

  • Guess what the words mean
  • Get a friend to translate
  • Use translation software to translate the webpage into your language
There are a variety of free/paid translation software available including Babylon, Google Translate, Yahoo Babel Fish, WorldLingo, etc.


Automatic software translation has many downsides. Not all words can be translated and often words can mean different things in different languages. Also, graphical text is unable to be translated.

In this example we are using Google Translate to automatically translate this job board from Japanese to English.


Original




Original with translated tooltip




Translation with original tooltips
(note: Image tabs not translated)




Article URL: http://www.recruitmentdirectory.com.au/Blog/kan-je-vertalen-can-you-translate-a277.html

Article Tags: google translate language translation translate.google.com.au language yahoo babel fish babylon babelfish.yahoo.com babylon.com wordlingo wordlingo.com

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