Enterprise hits and misses - job boards face critique, and a powerful AI tool gets put on probation

Profile picture for user jreed By Jon Reed February 15, 2019
This week - job boards get called out and Amazon bails out (of NYC). Plus: An AI text generation tool so allegedly powerful, its release into the wild is delayed. Your whiffs include the early winner of the PR subject header of the year door prize.

Cheerful Chubby Man

Lead story - Resumes go in; not much comes out - where job boards and recruiting solutions fall short - a two part series by Brian Sommer

myPOV: Few things get Brian crankier than the data sinkhole of online recruiting solutions that grind job seekers' dreams disappointment. In Job boards and recruiting solution gaps – part one, Brian lays out the problem. With the help of some acerbic graphics (yes, that is possible), he raises disconcerting questions such as:

  • Why don’t job boards, social media, etc. tell me who accessed my information, who is scrapping my information and how they are using it?
  • How can I ensure my information only goes to legitimate employers?
  • How can I stop my information going to no/low value-added players in the ecosystem?

It comes back to a lack of transparency, and job seekers losing control of their own data. In Job boards and recruiting solution gaps – Part Two, Brian skewers LinkedIn's irrelevant helpful "you appeared in 9 searches this week" teasers with pungent questions that LinkedIn will never answer:

  • How can a candidate appear in more searches?
  • How can a jobseeker appear near the top of the search?
  • Is LinkedIn pleased with such little traction?

Brian shifts from job seeker spleen vent to prodding recruitment vendors:

If quality was a criterion for employers and job boards, then shouldn’t job boards have tools, reports, etc. that show recruiters:

  • How rapidly a person has moved up their career path (i.e., career velocity)
  • How much responsibility a person has gained/demonstrated in the last ten years

Brian concludes:

And, shouldn’t those tools move these quality candidates (not the keyword stuffers and fakers) to the top of the pile?

Will any vendors rise to Brian's challenge?

Recruiting is heavily flawed process that needs some imaginative, daring leaders to change the space.

I'm not optimistic, but asking the right questions is a good start.

Happy children eating apple

Diginomica picks - my top four stories on diginomica this week

Vendor analysis, diginomica style. Here's my three top choices from our vendor coverage:

Jon's grab bag - Stuart examines how to curb the new too-big-to-fail types in Carrot or stick - how best to tame the social media beasts? (Google is currently paying the EU more in fines than it does in tax, while Zuck says "no thanks" to appearances before lawmakers).

Barb asks What has the attention of marketers for 2019? Engagement vs. data privacy comes to mind. Neil poses a thornier question in How hard is it to solve the ethics in AI problem? No pithy answers to that one. But when an AI group withholds an AI text tool out of fears of misuse because of its power, I'd say the time for this debate is now. Meanwhile, I pulled some lessons from diginomica's workplace diversity coverage.

Stuart divulges his personal workflow in What do I do with my Apple Watch? I tell the time, of course! But as he rightly argues, smart watches are set to do big business with new players elbowing in. For now, we get Stuart's tepid Apple Watch endorsement: "I’ve kept it longer than I did my Fitbit, long since consigned to a desk drawer somewhere."

Best of the rest

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customer

My top enterprise picks this week:

Honorable mention


Overworked businessman

So some enterprising student(s) got their school labelled as "hell on earth" on Google Maps. No word yet on whether this school is officially considered another brick in the wall.

When I read Email Provider VFEmail Suffers ‘Catastrophic’ Hack, I wondered just what catastrophic means? Answer: "The firm’s founder says he now fears some 18 years’ worth of customer email may be gone forever." Yeah, that's pretty bad.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn expertly targeted my passion for Alaskan regional aviation:

I'm not the only one whose career qualifies for a LinkedIn turbo-boost:

For Coffee meets Bagel app users, Valentine's Day brought the promise of love, connection, and data exploitation:

But there's no topping this PR masterwork:

See you next time.

If you find an #ensw piece that qualifies for hits and misses - in a good or bad way - let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does.

Most Enterprise hits and misses articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed. 'myPOV' is borrowed with reluctant permission from the ubiquitous Ray Wang.

Image credit - Cheerful Chubby Man © RA Studio, Happy Children © Anna Omelchenko, Waiter Suggesting Bottle © Minerva Studiom, Overworked Businessman © Bloomua, King Checkmate © mystock88photo - all from Fotolia.com

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