GM Leader Shares Semantic Search Secrets to Up Your Talent Sourcing Game

February 28th, 2017 Comments off
GM Exec Shares Semantic Search Secrets to Up Your Talent Sourcing Game

A critical part of a winning recruitment strategy is being able to proactively source the right candidates at the right time. Do you or your team use semantic search or resume parsing techniques today as part of your talent sourcing efforts, or are you planning to in the near future? What should you know about and expect from semantic search efforts?

Get semantic search secrets from a pro. We asked Will Maurer, global sourcing manager at General Motors, for his insights.

CB: What is your perception of semantic search within recruiting today?

WM: I have observed a major increase in the implementation of semantic search technology within our industry. Of course it was initially greeted with a number of questions and a certain level of skepticism. As I grew to understand the methodology behind semantic search it really started to make sense.

For years, recruiting and sourcing professionals have relied on complex Boolean searches in order to extract information from databases and the open web. It only makes sense that at some point technological advancement would intervene and make this process simpler for the user.

While I think a lot of folks still have questions around the methodology, there is little doubt that semantic search can be a big time saver. This becomes increasingly important in a corporate recruiting function, where people are balancing a number of responsibilities and may not have the time to generate a number of complex search strings.

CB: Where do you see semantic search impacting recruitment in the future?

WM: I see semantic search ultimately being a large time saver as well as a useful tool for those folks who may not be well versed in traditional search syntax.

Search strings, as we traditionally know them, can be cumbersome to someone breaking into the industry and anyone who has limited knowledge of the various facets of the skill set that they are trying to recruit for.

In this way, I see semantic search as a way to alleviate issues and ultimately get talent acquisition professionals to the types of the candidates that they’re looking for faster.

CB: How do you see semantic search and Boolean interacting?

WM: The interaction between semantic search and Boolean is an interesting topic to me, and it’s [a subject] I’ve heard a number of people take different stances on.

For me, personally, there is room for both in a proper sourcing strategy.

The fact that semantic search can identify a large number of the relevant keywords surrounding a concept or notion simplifies the process for a lot of people. Some would argue that you no longer have to do exhaustive research identifying alternate keywords and all of the different ways potential candidates can express similar ideas on their resume. While that can be valuable, I think there is always a place for Boolean in a precise and “deep dive” search.

I appreciate the fact that semantic search can help formulate searches by making certain assumptions for me, but I also believe that it’s not safe to assume. At times variations on keywords or concepts that are brought in by semantic search are not actually what I’m looking for. With that said, I do believe that as semantic search continues to evolve, the ability to manipulate the search and truly hone in will increase and may eliminate the need for traditional Boolean.

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#SorryNotSorry: Resume Mistakes Employers Hate

September 22nd, 2016 Comments off
#SorryNotSorry: Resume Mistakes Employers Hate

Making one’s resume stand out in a pile of 250 others can be challenging, but some job applicants stand out for unintended reasons. From innocent typos to downright lies, some resume mistakes have cost candidates the job.

In a new CareerBuilder survey, hiring and HR managers shared some of the most outrageous resume mistakes of the year.

One applicant claimed he/she worked at a federal prison — which sounds noble — until a background check found that he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time. (Such a minor detail — why bother sharing it?)

Another casually listed “smoking” under hobbies… because why not.

One applicant said he/she had great attention to detail, but “attention” was misspelled.

“I was a prince in another life,” claimed one. Welcome to adulthood as common folk, buddy.

One applicant thought it’d be a good idea to note that he/she would work harder if paid more.

We asked some of our Twitter followers to share their biggest resume turnoffs — here’s what they said:

Lots of text with little substance…


Poor formatting and “interesting” tidbits…

What are your biggest resume turnoffs? Tweet your responses and tag @CBforEmployers.

6 #MondayMotivation Tips to Get You Through the Week

August 29th, 2016 Comments off

Did you wake up this morning in a panicked sweat because you realized the weekend is officially over?

Mondays ain’t easy, but with a little #MondayMotivation, it may just become your favorite workday of the week (after Friday, Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday of course).

Here are 6 pieces of oh so sage #MondayMotivation advice to get you through to the weekend:

  1. As long as you start your day with a strong cup (or several cups) of coffee, you’ll be unstoppable.


  1. Tune into a podcast or listen to music on the way to work to help clear your mind.


  1. Challenge yourself to save money all week by only eating meeting leftovers. (Hold your head up high while you shove your co-workers out of the way for that everything bagel.)


  1. Reimagine that daunting stack of resumes as a juicy novel you just can’t wait to read.


  1. Have a meeting you’re dreading (like, say, that one about recruitment budget)? Just power pose your way through it.


  1. The sooner you accept the fact that Mondays are here to stay, the easier it will be to handle them.
What gives you #MondayMotivation?