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iCIMS Puts Video Into Employees' Hands, Phenom Expands Global Recruiting Footprint & More HR Tech News

December 16, 2020 Digital Workplace
Mark Feffer
By Mark Feffer
iCIMS acquired New York-based Altru Labs, a platform that supports the distribution of employee-generated video. The company said the purchase will allow it to help employers “humanize” their brand.

By incorporating Altru’s solutions into its Talent Cloud, iCIMS is aiming to offer more dynamic options for communicating with current employees and potential hires through mobile and video tools. In essence, iCIMS users will be able to spice up their career sites with content that’s both more engaging and interactive. iCIMS believes employee-created videos can go a long way toward improving candidate conversations and engaging internal talent.

Specifically, iCIMS users will be able capture, edit, brand, approve and distribute employee-generated video on their corporate websites and social media accounts, as well as through email and text campaigns. Altru’s customers, who are mostly enterprise firms, will be able to connect to the Talent Cloud to manage their talent acquisition efforts. Customers include Target, PwC, Intuit, L'Oréal and Box, iCIMS said.

iCIMS CEO Steve Lucas said employee video will offer iCIMS customers a new way to approach talent. “We’re leaning in on technology that is critical to HR transformation and modern talent acquisition, and are thrilled to deliver the next generation of digital talent engagement,” he said.

Barely a month ago, Holmdel, N.J.-based iCIMS bought the French user experience firm EasyRecrue. A month before that, the company consolidated its products into a single platform and relaunched itself as iCIMS Talent Cloud.

Phenom Strengthens Recruiting Presence in Europe

Phenom announced its acquisition of Endouble, an Amsterdam-based firm focused on candidate experience. The company said the deal expands its presence in EMEA and adds technical expertise while encouraging further adoption of its Talent Experience Management platform.

Previously, Endouble operated as RGF Staffing, an HR service provider. As Endouble, the company said it’s focused on taking “a data-driven approach to candidate attraction and recruitment strategy.”

The acquisition is Phenom’s second. In October, the company purchased My Ally, whose automation technology focuses on interview scheduling. At the time, CEO Mahe Bayireddi said the deal demonstrated how Phenom, headquartered in Ambler, Pa., would execute on a growth strategy based on “constant innovation.” In other words, the company will buy solutions when it makes more sense than developing them in-house.

Endouble’s employees in sales, development, implementation, account management and customer success will join Phenom.

“With our second acquisition in three months, we’re growing our presence and talent across Europe,” said Bayireddi. “We’re excited to begin working with Endouble’s customers, as they’ve already demonstrated a commitment to candidate experience that resonates with us.”

Jobvite, ClearCompany Add LinkedIn Integrations

Two ATS platforms have announced integrations with LinkedIn, allowing users to take advantage of an expanded set of capabilities without having to toggle between systems. Indianapolis-based Jobvite and ClearCompany will both use LinkedIn’s Recruiter System Connect to streamline the experience of users they share with the business networking site.

First, Jobvite: It will expand the available integrations between its ATS and LinkedIn Recruiter, making it the first ATS to offer LinkedIn Unified Search, Recommended Matches and the new Apply Connect integrations.

Unified Search allows recruiters to source candidates from both the LinkedIn network and Jobvite records through a single search, conducted on either platform. Recommended Matches enables recruiters to post new job requisitions in Jobvite, then source from a pipeline of candidates from LinkedIn.

Apply Connect is intended to save recruiters time and improve the candidate experience. Recruiters can use it to automatically post jobs on LinkedIn, then receive applications within Jobvite. Users can access LinkedIn applicant data including skills, company connections and profile, again within Jobvite. On the candidate side, users can complete job applications without leaving LinkedIn, and are notified when their application has been viewed or a job has closed.

Meanwhile, talent technology provider ClearCompany said it will use Recruiter System Connect to link its ATS to LinkedIn Recruiter. The integration will allow ClearCompany users to view up-to-date candidate records and see more applicant data from within LinkedIn Recruiter. At the same time, expanded history data will indicate whether a candidate has already applied to a requisition or interviewed from within ClearCompany.

Based in Boston, ClearCompany said the integration will make its ATS easier to use, since candidates’ LinkedIn information will appear in their ClearCompany profile.

In November, LinkedIn launched jobs and hiring features including a new Recruiter and Jobs platform, which makes the hiring process more efficient for managers. The launch brought together LinkedIn Jobs, Recruiter and Pipeline Builder into a single platform.

News Briefs

SAP launched SAP SuccessFactors Time Tracking, a cloud-based product that allows employers to record, approve and monitor their workforce’s time. SAP said the product is designed to be intuitive enough to enhance the employee experience and help ensure that workers are paid accurately and on time.

Workforce management platform Hibob closed $70 million in Series B funding led by investors SEEK and Israel Growth Partners. The investment will allow the company to pursue wider global expansion and further its product development efforts. Since its launch in 2015, Hibob has raised $124 million.

Learning Technologies Group acquired eThink Education and will incorporate the company and its 39 employees into its Open LMS subsidiary. eThink serves more than 2 million customers in the higher education, K-12 and corporate sectors across 22 countries. eThink founders Brian Carlson and Cheryl Patsavos will join Open LMS’s leadership team as head of sales and head of customer success.

Technology job board announced a $32 million Series B funding round led by WestBridge Capital. The round includes investors Foundation Capital, which led Turing’s seed round, Altair Capital, Mindset Ventures, Frontier Ventures and Gaingels.

CodeSignal closed a $25 million Series B round led by Menlo Ventures. The company said the money would be used to “launch our next phase of growth” and to hire additional team members. Series A investors,, A Capital, Felicis Venture, and Correlation Ventures participated in the round, along with new investors Capital One Ventures, CM Ventures, Human Capital and TripHammer Ventures.

Enterprise learning platform WorkRamp announced a $17 million Series B funding round led by OMERS Ventures, with participation from Bow Capital. The round brings WorkRamp’s total funding to over $27 million. The funds will be used to further R&D and go-to-market efforts, the company said.

Randstad RiseSmart announced two products that connect employers with qualified talent inside and outside of their organization. The first, FirstLook Recruiter Edition, offers global talent acquisition teams free searching and sourcing across RiseSmart’s global network and aggregates talent across the company’s customer-branded talent directories in real time. The second, FirstLook Enterprise Edition, allows RiseSmart customers to match people to jobs to improve internal mobility and outsourcing.

College publisher Her Campus Media unveiled Generation Hired, a platform created for members of Gen Z looking for internships and entry-level positions. Job seekers create a free profile on the platform, while employers filter the database to identify candidates matching their needs. Generation Hired will cover industries including finance, marketing, beauty, fashion, technology and entertainment.

People on the Move

Accenture Strategy & Consulting appointed Christie Smith as a senior managing director to lead the company’s CEO Transformational Change Journey agenda. She’s responsible for expanding the firm’s transformational change offerings around the world. She’ll also lead Accenture’s inclusion and diversity practice. Previously, Smith was global vice president for inclusion and diversity at Apple. (Business Wire)

Arcoro, which provides HR software and services, named John Herr as CEO. He most recently was CEO of Avetta, a supply chain risk management and commercial marketplace platform. (PR Newswire)


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