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Create a strong candidate database with SmartSearch

The Key to Recruitment Success is a Strong Candidate Database

Have you ever found yourself with a fantastic job opportunity for a rockstar candidate, but that candidate never applies? Or...
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Improve your employer branding with SmartSearch

How companies can create a better employer brand.

In the realm of recruitment, first impressions matter immensely.  A firm handshake has long been regarded as a symbolic gesture...
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Better onboarding practices with SmartSearch helps retain top talent.

A Process for Implementing Better Onboarding Practices

What do hiring managers want? There are countless answers, but we can all agree on a few: obtaining top talent,...
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Six steps to facilitate GDPR-Compliant recruiting by SmartSearch

Six steps to facilitate GDPR-compliant recruiting.

As of January 2023, European data regulators have issued a record €2.92 billion in fines for 2022. This is a...
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A formula for better job descriptions from SmartSearch

The Formula for Great Job Descriptions.

Hiring professionals are often placed in a challenging position.  They must find the best talent for their company or client...
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Create a better hiring process with cross-team collaboration strategies

Unleashing the Power of Smart Cross-Team Collaboration

Cross-team collaboration between hiring managers and recruiters is essential for talent acquisition success. Today, recruiting and retaining great employees is...
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implement these 7 best practices when using an ATS

7 best practices for improving your recruitment with an ATS

To properly use your applicant tracking system (ATS), it’s important to align your recruiting, candidate sourcing, and hiring practices with...
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Smart Inclusion episode build better initiatives with DEI

Employee Empowerment through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Use employee empowerment to build a more engaged, diverse and inclusive workplace.  We’re in the middle of a change in...
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recruiting is just another form of marketing

Adapting 6 Marketing Tools for Recruiters

Successful recruiting is all about marketing.  Does that statement seem false to you?  It is understandable that you’d think that. ...
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build better recruiting using skill matching backed by AI

Building Skill Matching into Your Recruiting Process 

An effective Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for staffing solutions requires more than just a personalized candidate experience. Employer...
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why employers should build a neuro-inclusive workplace

The Benefits of a Neuro-Inclusive Workplace

Guess what? We are all neurodiverse.  Some people think fast, and others think slow. Each of us sees the world...
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An Authentic DEI Initiative Starts with Onboarding

Effective DEI initiatives require actions that prioritize diversity in hiring and taking measurable steps to create employment equity in an...
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pay transparency compliance with SmartSearch

SmartSearch Helps Employers Stay Compliant with California’s Pay Transparency Law

With the May 10, 2023, deadline for California employers to submit their pay data reports under the updated SB-1162, some...
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recruiting automation with SmartSearch ATS

New Trends in Automation of the Recruiting Process

When you think about recruiting automation, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? ATS Software? Onboarding software? Artificial Intelligence?...
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conversational AI is making a splash in recruiting

Smart Ways to Incorporate Conversational AI into Your Recruiting

While using Artificial Intelligence in talent acquisition is not new, as of February 2023 will be a monumental year for...
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DEI assessment and training materials

Training and assessment tips for DEI program success

In last month’s Smart Inclusion video conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion we discussed how to turn these Nouns into...
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5 ATS statistics every hiring professional should know.

5 Statistics For Why You Need an Applicant Tracking System

The use of an applicant tracking system is becoming increasingly popular among employers as they effectively streamline the hiring and recruitment...
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Build a better employee value proposition with SmartSearch Inc.

How to build a better Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

How to build the right employee value proposition Employment branding is no different than marketing in that it’s all about...
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Smart Inclusion: Diversity In Practice.

  Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at USA Swimming, Leland Brown III talks with Sylvia Dahlby, DE&I Champion at...
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Right to Represent (RTR) in the Age of Automation.

Right Represent (RTR) documents are a powerful tool for professional recruiters.  But, staffing industry professionals who use Vendor Management Systems...
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Smart Inclusion: Are We There Yet? A Review of DEI Progress

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Are we there yet? My personal journey on the road to social justice began in the...
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where do we go from here with DEI initiatives

Smart Inclusion: Where do we go from here?

In 2022, I led a research project on how SmartSearch technology can help advocate diversity outreach in recruiting, and hiring....
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SmartSearch Announces the Opening of Cleveland Office

SmartSearch Inc. Announces Opening of New Cleveland Office

SmartSearch Inc. Announces Opening of New Cleveland Office   Tustin, CA-01/09/2023 – SmartSearch Inc., a leader in applicant tracking software,...
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Why re-write your job descriptions

Time to Re-write your Job Descriptions

Since the Age of the Internet, job requirements and qualifications have become more extensive. Nowadays, many job descriptions no longer...
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SHRM-Hawaii State Cofernce Change Management

Change Management Means: Respect. Trust. Compassion.

SHRM Hawaii State Conference explores change management in turbulent times. On Friday, October 14, SHRM Hawaii hosted its first in-person State...
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SmartSearch 2022 Staffing World Convention Recap

Staffing World 2022 Recap

This past week, SmartSearch had the opportunity to exhibit at the American Staffing Associations Annual Staffing World Conference in Las Vegas. It...
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diversity, equity, and inclusion that works for companies

Smart Inclusion: Diversity That Works

SmartSearch’s DE&I Champion, Sylvia Dahlby talks with Roger Simmons, president and Chief Operating Officer of Crossinculture, a consulting firm with extensive experience...
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Smart Inclusion: Upskilling with accessible design for people with disabilities

In this video conversation on solutions for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the workplace, Sylvia Dahlby, DE&I Champion at SmartSearch,...
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building a human-centric workplace

Smart Tips for Building a Human-Centric Workplace

One of the things I enjoy most about working here at SmartSearch is that we’re always learning. We’re constantly talking...
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Erik Enright Appointed CEO of SmartSearch.

Carlsbad, CA – September 27, 2022 – Proven Talent Acquisition and Management platform to accelerate employee engagement. SmartSearch is excited...
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Automated Candidate Sourcing: Create a Talent Pool Before You Need One

Employees are the heart of every organization, and that is one of the reasons why finding the right talent is...
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Woman-Owned Businesses Overcoming Challenges

Women-Owned Business: Overcoming Challenges in Leadership

SmartSearch’s DEI champion, Sylvia Dahlby, talks with Lynne Marie Finn, President & CEO of Broadleaf Results, an Aleron Company with...
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Modeling a Culture of Inclusion in Your Workplace.

Smart Inclusion Series: Modeling A Culture Of Inclusion In Your Workplace

This installment is part of a series of video conversations with Human Resources thought-leaders and industry advocates on best practices...
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Smart Inclusion Women in the Workplace

Smart Inclusion Series: Women In The Workplace

We’re excited to launch the Smart Inclusion series! To advocate for diversity outreach, recruiting, and hiring, we’re sitting down with...
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Mindfulness Can Transform Your Life

From the President’s Desk – December 2021 Where did the time go? If you are like me, this is a...
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Why You need a Subject Matter Expert

Importance of an SME to Maximize Value from Vendors With software-as-a-service (SaaS) and the introduction of platform-as-a-service, it has become...
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The Enduring Legacy Of Gratitude

From the President’s Desk – November 2021 This year marks the 400th anniversary of Thanksgiving. It was 1621 when about...
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Introducing SmartSearch University Press Release 2021

Introducing SmartSearch University

Carlsbad, CA – November 23, 2021 – SmartSearch is excited to announce the launch of SmartSearch University, a one-stop-shop for...
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Staffing World 2021 Insights

Insights from the ASA’s Staffing World Conference 2021: Better Together – Stronger Together. Join us as we talk through the...
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Is Gamification the Solution to Employee Retention?

From the President’s Desk – October 2021 A recent study at Columbia University rated the likelihood of turnover at organizations....
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SmartSearch WordPress Plugin Announced

SmartSearch New WordPress Offerings

Smart Search is proud to introduce New WordPress Plug-in and Web-hosting and Design Services for their users.  These enhancements add...
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The Hybrid Work Model: The Key to Talent Retention.

Employers adopt hybrid work as a key strategy for successful talent retention during The Great Resignation.   Sylvia Dahlby, Business...
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smartsearch integration updates with Monster & Linkedin

SmartSearch ATS Integration with Monster and LinkedIn

As part of our v22 upgrades, SmartSearch is excited to offer the ability to post free organic job listings to...
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Don’t Let The Dog Eat Your Homework

From the President’s Desk – September 2021 School is back in session, and the thoughts of school supplies and report...
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SmartSearch & Skill Survey Integration Press Release

SmartSearch announces partnership with SkillSurvey

Carlsbad, CA – September 16, 2021 – As the world starts to open back up and the need to fill...
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SmartSearch Releases New System Features

SmartSearch announces upgrades to platform

Carlsbad, CA – August 24th, 2021 – In the latest version of SmartSearch®, the theme is improved time management. Most...
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Start Investing Your Time Rather Than Spending It

From the President’s Desk – August 2021 The Greek philosopher Theophrastus wisely stated that “Time is the most valuable thing...
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AI-Smart-Artificial Intelligence Application for Candidate Matching & Sourcing.

AI Smart Best Practices from Successful Recruiters

AI Smart by SmartSearch was designed to learn how to apply context and meaning to search criteria so it “thinks”...
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From the President’s Desk – July 2021

Summer is here! Like much of the country, here in California, the mask restrictions have relaxed. Businesses are opening all...
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From the President’s Desk – June 2021

Greetings, SmartSearch family! As we swing into summer, it is my hope that each of you has an incredible summer full of both...
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SmartSearch Website Hosting Services

SmartSearch’s New Offering: Website Hosting & Design Services

SmartSearch New Website Hosting & Design Services Offerings SmartSearch is ecstatic to announce a new product and service, a WordPress...
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Amazon Workspaces (AWS) Update with SmartSearch

SmartSearch moves to Amazon WorkSpaces

Oceanside, CA – May 12th, 2021 – With an increase in demand, SmartSearch® realized it was fast outgrowing its current...
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From the President’s Desk – May 2021

Recently I was at a San Diego landmark called Seaport Village. For the first time in over a year, I...
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How is AI Changing the Recruiting Game?

Is AI the Smart choice for you?  How AI is changing the recruiting game.

While Artificial Intelligence has been around for quite some time, many Recruiters and HR Managers wonder how artificial intelligence can...
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From the President’s Desk – April 2021

“True Partnership Matters”- Perhaps you have seen this on our website or on our digital signatures. It’s a motto that...
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From the President’s Desk – March 2021

We have some very exciting news to update you on this month in our quest to provide our customers with...
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SmartSearch Named As One Of The Top 10 Recruitment Technology Solution Providers

Oceanside, CA – March 1st, 2021 – ‘We are thrilled to have been named in the Top 10 Recruitment Technology...
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Acara and SmartSearch recruiting smarter with Artificial Intelligence

Recruiting Smarter with Artificial Intelligence

The recent launch of our new AI Smart module is the result of a collaboration between SmartSearch and Acara Solutions,...
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Message from our President & CTO, LJ Morris: NEW Year. NEW Features!

2020 was a year of highs and lows for everyone. Like most companies, SmartSearch had to adapt to remote working,...
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SmartSearch Named Talent Culture Award Winner 2021

HR Tech Awards – SmartSearch named two-time winner for 2021!

Oceanside, CA – January 22nd, 2021 – SmartSearch® is thrilled to announce we have been named two-time winners of TalentCulture’s...
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ways to show employee gratitude

Why Gratitude is an Effective Leadership Skill

This holiday season, it’s important to express gratitude to those around us: those who help us out, make us smile,...
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how to improve a job candidates experience

Candidate Experience with JobTalk

Are we there yet? JobTalk Podcast on the Candidate Experience discusses how employers can pave the road for a smooth...
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SmartSearch Adds Artificial Intelligence Search Capability

Oceanside, CA – November 5, 2020 – The award-winning software company, SmartSearch®, is proud to announce the launch of its...
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California Employers prepare for new law changes.

California Employers Prepare For CFRA 2021

Webinar recap: San Diego SHRM provides an update on State employment laws, and new legislation and offers tips and strategies...
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LJ Morris appointed president of SmartSearch

SmartSearch Announces Promotion of LJ Morris to President  

Oceanside, CA – Octorber 20, 2020 – SmartSearch® an industry- leading applicant tracking system developer and recruitment business solution, has...
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LJ Morris Promoted to President of SmartSearch

A Career Journey to Becoming President

The changing business landscape, powered by technology, has continued redefining industries and job roles. The job market continues to evolve...
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email etiquette for professional recruiters

Webinar Recap: Email Etiquette for Business

Today, with millions of employees working from home during the pandemic, understanding email etiquette is more important than ever. Gone...
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improve your hiring strategy when not hiring

Improve your hiring strategy when you aren’t hiring.

The global pandemic has impacted us in many ways, especially when it comes to employment. Millions of U.S. citizens are...
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business intelligence, data analytics

Embracing BI, Data, and Analytics

On August 26th, I joined members of the Buffalo Azure Users Group for an online Teams meetup on how a...
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Virtual office work environment.

Being There… Virtually.

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ~Albert Einstein   As an early adopter of telework and telecommuting,...
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A good time to sell staffing services

A Good Time To Sell Staffing?

Volatile. Unprecedented. Turbulent. Whatever adjective you prefer to describe these times, one thing is certain: The staffing industry has never...
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remote work, virtual work

Webinar Recap: Remote Work, The New Normal

On June 23, consulting experts from Black Box Consulting conducted a panel-chat-style webinar where members from the organization discussed the...
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building a process for implementing change

Energy+Focus+Expectations=Positive Change

Change is hard. The International Space Station effortlessly flies around planet Earth every 90 minutes, traveling at over 17,000 miles...
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tips for hiring employees during the 2020 pandemic

5 Tips For Hiring Now

The coronavirus pandemic has flipped the world on its head, impacting nearly every industry across the U.S.; especially when it...
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smartsearch wins hr-tech award 2020

SmartSearch Named as a Top HR Technology of 2020

Oceanside, CA – June 10, 2020 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, proudly announces its inclusion to...
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There is an art to re-hiring boomerang employees

Boomerang Employees: Pros and Cons

What is a boomerang employee? A boomerang employee is someone who leaves a company, usually by resigning rather than getting...
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staying visible is key for recruiters firms hoping to stay open during the pandemic

Using Video When Social Distancing

Right now, staying visible is critical for your staffing firm. With so many of us forced to work remotely, account...
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recruiters look at covid 19 from a positive angle

Look for the Positives In a Pandemic

“If you’re not learning, you’re sleeping.”  Every crisis is a learning opportunity. Looking for positive outcomes and recognizing the wins...
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maximizing your remote hiring efforts

How to Perfect Your Remote Hiring Efforts

The world has been flipped on its head over the past few months. The spread of COVID-19 has had a...
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working in the new normal thanks to covid-19

Coffee, Chaos and COVID-19

We’re all in this together, but we’re not in the same boat. On Wednesday, April 22, I participated in a...
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The importance of marketing your open jobs in the pandemic

Social, Search and Job Boards During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the staffing industry. Some agencies have seen dramatic drops in business,...
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modern day marketing for recruiting firms

Webinar Recap: Optimizing Modern-day Recruitment Marketing

Finding and keeping talented employees is not a small task. With the “war for talent” still surging strong, many companies...
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tips for working from your home office.

Working from home? Beware the refrigerator!

Did you wake up today with nowhere to go? COVID-19 lockdowns, social distancing, and homeschooling kept a lot of office...
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how recruiters compete with social media temp aps.

How Staffing Competes with Social Media Temp Apps

Are the temporary staffing apps popping up on social media just a nuisance – or are they a real threat...
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what is the value of a great business partnership?

The Value of Great Business Partners

Doug: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dane Groeneveld, CEO of PTS Advance. As the recently appointed CEO...
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Modern Staffing Website Updates

The Modern Staffing and Recruiting Website: 2020 and Beyond

Classified ads? The recruiter’s “little black book”? The weekly “hot candidate” fax? They’re marketing dinosaurs. In truth, most aspects of...
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Data is shaping the future of hiring

4 Ways Data is Shaping the Future of Hiring

The staffing industry has always been about people. And that’s why, historically, hiring professionals have needed to possess excellent interpersonal,...
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why SmartSearch keeps improving it's software solution

Why We’re Never Satisfied With the Status Quo

We strive to disrupt the traditional norms of our industry by re-engineering innovation as a solution. We build memorable customer...
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fixing your digital ADA compliance issues is easier than you think.

Most Staffing Websites Have These ADA Compliance Issues

You may have the most beautifully designed, robust, well written and lightning-fast website in your market. It may perform very...
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what benefits are new hires and job candidates asking for?

Benefits: What do Employees Want?

With unemployment levels at historic lows, employers are working hard to find and keep top talent. Sixty-eight percent of businesses...
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Email ideas for hiring professionals

2020 Email Ideas for Your Staffing Firm

This time of year, we’re all busy.  Employers have projects to wrap up. Budgets to plan. Deadlines to hit. And...
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Smart Businesses Look to The Future

Companies that embrace digital technologies in their talent acquisition functions are two times more likely to improve the quality of...
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building your social media presence before thanksgiving and the holiday season

Make Your Staffing Firm the Talk of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Across the nation, employers and job seekers will be checking out of their daily...
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Artificial Intelligence is a Recruiters Best Friend

AI: A Recruiter’s Friend Not Foe

Halloween this year was extra special as SmartSearch was invited up to San Jose to sponsor the most recent event...
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Fun And Effective Training Helps Manage Organizational Risk

On October 24, Hawaii employers learned how to manage organizational risk by providing more effective and engaging workplace training. The...
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free webinar on artificial intelligence for recruiting professionals.

Webinar Recap: AI and Recruiting: 5 Factors You Must Know

On November 7, 2019, Meghan M. Biro, CEO, TalentCulture, led a SmartSearch SmartPractices webinar addressing the growing interest in artificial...
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Networking can be made easy when you have the right tools.

How to Win at Networking

Does the idea of networking make you cringe? Are you envious of people who can easily reach out to anyone...
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website design trends for recruiting professionals in 2020

Staffing Website Design Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Is your website producing all the results it could (and should) for your firm? Maybe it’s time to look at...
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smartsearch selected as Facebook integration partner

Facebook Selects SmartSearch as a Verified Business Integration

Oceanside, CA – October 8, 2019 – With 30+ years of client inspired innovation, Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS) the...
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An ats is a great help to job seakers.

Foolproof Job Search Tips

I had the opportunity to speak with thought leader, recruiter and job seeker advocate Tom Bolt. Tom is one of...
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how to remove the complaint triggers from Employers and Job Seekers

Tired of Staffing Customer Complaints? Get Rid of the 3 Biggest Sources

Fielding too many complaints from employers and job seekers lately? Here are two of the most common ones: From clients:...
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small recruiting firms can compete with larger companies using these techniques

Small Companies Can Be Recruiting Contenders

The ability to attract top talent takes more than just a posting on a job board, a newspaper ad, or...
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SmartSearch Takes a Vendor Neutral Approach to integrations

Vendor Neutrality: Why Is It important?

While at the 2019 California Staffing Professionals conference, I had the great pleasure of speaking with David Searns, CEO at...
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use pharmacy benefits programs to build better employee programs

Current News: Pharmacy Benefits Management

Drug benefits are the fastest-growing portion of overall healthcare benefit costs for employers – and have increased at an alarming...
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artificial intelligence networking and a time to learn

Artificial Intelligence, Networking and a Time to Learn

I’ve been to the California Staffing Professionals Conference (CSP) for the last two years; this is one of the most...
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it's time to get comfortable with programmatic advertising

Scared of Programmatic Advertising? Let’s Face Those Fears! (Part 2)

The mere mention of the term “programmatic job advertising” makes staffing and recruiting professionals’ eyes glaze over. Most aren’t very...
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Background Screening & Compliance Best Practices

Webinar Recap: 2019 Background Screening and Compliance Best Practices

All companies want to make a good hire, so using a resource such as a background screening service is pretty...
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Exploring Limitless Possibilities at the California Staffing Professionals Conference

Small steps. Giant leaps. Limitless possibilities. This was the theme of the 2019 California Staffing Professionals Conference (CSP) held Wednesday,...
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it's time to get comfortable with programmatic advertising

Scared of Programmatic Advertising? Let’s Face Those Fears! (Part 1)

Your eyes glaze over. Your head starts spinning. Your brain hurts. Are you stuck in a nightmare 400-level college class?...
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defining the different types of leadership

How Do You Define Leadership?

This may seem like an easy question, but in actuality, it isn’t. Leadership can be defined in several different ways...
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leadership conference wrap up

Lessons Learned From A Leadership Conference

The Milestones in Leadership Summit was held on May 17 in sunny Huntington Beach, and we were graciously invited by...
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sharing your knowledge with job seekers during interview.

Employers and Job Seekers Are Looking for Knowledge – Are You Sharing Yours?

What’s the best way to find qualified candidates in today’s tight market?  How can I improve my chances of being...
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effective talent acquisition strategies

Key Elements of an Effective Talent Acquisition Strategy

“Ultimately, recruiting and hiring data can be correlated with business outcomes, such as increased revenue, which positions talent acquisition as...
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Why Does Your Staffing Firm Need a Messaging Strategy?

First off, what IS a messaging strategy? A messaging strategy is your agency’s guide for creating clear, compelling marketing communications...
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finding the right talent for your business

Webinar Recap and Recording: Uncovering Talent In The Deep Web

On Wednesday, March 27, SmartSearch sponsored a webinar for clients and others interested in learning how to use the deep...
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Amtec 60th anniversary

Amtec 60th Anniversary Celebration

This week we celebrated our partner’s, 60th anniversary. They recently moved into a gorgeous new building and graciously invited us to...
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updates from SourceU Hawaii 2019 Conference

Employers learn new recruitment strategies at SourceU Hawaii

To help fill the gap between old and new recruitment methods, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Hawaii Chapter...
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recruiters can use chat bots

It’s Time for a Chat – about Chatbots, That Is

Still, think chatbots are creepy and impersonal? It’s time to shift your mindset. Mobile technology has taken over the staffing...
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices

Diversity & Inclusion: What Does It Really Mean?

On February 19, I helped organize a learning event with the SHRM Educational Foundation, Hawaii Island District, to present an...
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updating bad reviews the correct way.

What Should Your Staffing Firm Do About Negative Online Reviews?

“Help: My staffing firm just received a negative review on our Facebook page. What should I do?” While you might...
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Build a better staffing website with SmartSearch.

The Best Staffing Website Leverage Targeting Technology: Remarketing

Would you be able to upgrade or overhaul your staffing website in 2019? Smart move. A killer website is critical...
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woman raising hand in meeting

Being Tolerant Does Not Mean Being Inclusive

When I think about the words “inclusion” and “tolerance,” I envision two words that are polar opposites of each other....
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create a better experience for your customers with SmartSearch

Want to Create a Better Customer Experience? Start with Your Own Employees!

When most people think of customers, they think of clients or consumers. But your employees are customers, too. And if...
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How SmartSearch helps you become a magnet for Talent.

How Companies Can Become a Magnet For Talent

The tide has turned. What once was an employer’s market is now a job seeker’s delight. The unemployment rate is...
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build interactive content into your marketing strategy with SmartSearch

7 Ways to Incorporate Trendy Interactive Content on Your Recruitment Agency Website

As of last fall, researchers have shown that 51% of content marketers are now leaning on interactive content to engage...
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Working with Indeed's 2017 Policy Changes Through SmartSearch

Social Recruiting Strategies to Survive the Loss of Free Job Postings on Indeed

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware of the upcoming policy change Indeed announced several weeks ago. While...
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webinar recap on purchasing and managing your ATS

Webinar Recap: Purchasing and Managing Applicant Tracking Software

Buying software, of any kind, doesn’t need to be a daunting task. With a plan and some forethought, anyone can...
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Staffing World 2018 Recap.

While at Staffing World…

Staffing World had so much to offer in every aspect of the staffing industry. From breakout sessions focused on managing...
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SHRM Hawaii Conference 2018

At the SHRM Hawaii State Conference, Kakou Means All of Us

One thing that makes Hawaii special is that the islands are home to the nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse...
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conferences build brand awareness for recruiters

‘Tis the Season to be Conferencing

I attended the ERE Conference in Orlando this week and is specific to people in recruiting and talent acquisition. It...
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SmartSearch announces integration with FSG 2018

SmartSearch® Partners with Flexible Support Group

OCEANSIDE, CA – October 12, 2018 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, proudly announces its game-changing partnership...
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drive candidates away

Scary Things Staffing Recruiters do to Drive Great Candidates Away

Ever been ghosted by a candidate? It’s a “new normal” in staffing – and it’s extremely frustrating. Viable candidates seem...
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be active and present when showing appreciation

Showing Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Showing appreciation for what I have plays an important role in my life and business. I have the good fortune...
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using niche marketing channels in your recruiting with SmartSearch.

How Niche Sites are Changing Social Media Recruiting

How Niche Sites are Changing Social Media Recruiting Utilizing social media websites has long been a popular recruitment method. Social...
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Intelligent business decisions for hiring software.

The Intelligent Approach to Buying HR Software

I want to disrupt how many people choose business software, specifically applicant tracking systems. I want to show people how...
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recruiting in the social sphere

Recruiting in the Social Sphere

Initially, many people believed social media to be a fad, but it proved itself to be a fact over time....
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new rules for Facebook marketing

Webinar Recap: The New Rules of Facebook: Finding Job Candidates

Sourcing and recruiting via social media are gaining in popularity, and according to a 2017 survey conducted by CareerBuilder, it...
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building social advertising strategies for your recruiting firm

Strengthen Your Staffing Firm’s Brand with Social Advertising

The most well-known brands are powerful. Evocative. Instantly recognizable: Think “Coca-Cola,” and you’ll instantly crave a cold beverage. Think “Nike,” and you’ll...
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Five Ways to Reduce Risk with Your Background Screening Program

Over the past few years, litigation has tripled in employment background screening, due to increased regulations and scrutiny of the...
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SmartSearch announces integration with Neuvoo 2018

SmartSearch® Adds Job Search Engine Aggregator

OCEANSIDE, CA – July 16, 2018 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch® recruiting business software, announces the addition of...
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how to properly have an employee exit your organization

Exiting Employees: Gone Today, Here Tomorrow

In a 2016 article published on, Stay in Touch with Former Employees; One Could Be Your Next Hire the...
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Write a welcome letter for candidates.

Your Guide to Writing a Welcome Email to New Employees

Your welcome email Sending a welcome email to a new employee is customary and a great way to make them...
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build a better workplace culture starting with SmartSearch ATS

Doug Coull on the Benefits of Flexible Workplaces

I had the pleasure of speaking with Doug Coull, CEO of APS, Inc., makers of SmartSearch applicant tracking systems. Doug...
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how can you create better marketing content for your recruiters.

Tips for Better Staffing and Recruiting Content Marketing

It’s everywhere you look: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Company websites. YouTube. Email. Direct mail. It’s content marketing – and...
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California staffing professionals conference 2018

Musings From the 2018 California Staffing Professionals Conference

What we learned at the 2018 CSP Conference. We loved attending the 2018 California Staffing Professionals Conference (CSP), and we’re...
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SmartSearch named in the top 25 hr solution awards in 2018 by CIO

SmartSearch® Named as 2018 Top 25 HR Technology Provider

OCEANSIDE, CA – June 5, 2018 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, proudly announces its inclusion to the...
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GDPR Compliance for recruiting professionals

The GDPR adds a Twist to Staffing and Hiring

On May 25, 2018, a new privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the European...
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get better results from career fairs with SmartSearch

Recruiters – Profit from Your Career Fair Attendance

I work with organizations that want to Recruit, Onboard, and Retain Top Talent.  As a professional recruiter since 1981, I...
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What is Employee Experience and Why is It Trending in 2018?

To put it as simply as possible, employee experience is commonly defined as “the sum of everything that an employee...
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artificial intelligence for recruiters

Skynet Is Coming! How AI Will Shape The Future of Work.

Artificial intelligence is taking over the World, and having an impact on everything in business. Many thought leaders and pundits...
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a review of enhancements and updates to SmartSearch in 2018

SmartTalks Q2 2018 Presentation Recap

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, APS, Inc., Chief Technology Officer, LJ Morris held a presentation to discuss recent updates and...
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Applicant Tracking 101

Free Ice Cream Today

Free Ice Cream Today. That was the subject line of the first email I received when I joined SmartSearch on...
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SmartSearch helps recruiters turn their social audience into job candidates.

Convert Your Social Audience into Candidates – Get Them OFF Social Media!

Using social media to attract candidates to your staffing or recruiting firm? It’s a smart strategy. Blogging is a great...
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International Background Screening

It’s a Small World: Understanding International Background Screening

With modern technology linking us humans closer together, the world seems to be shrinking. This affects employers a variety of...
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properly measuring your recruitment strategy

How Small Business Recruitment Strategies Differ From Those of Big Businesses

How Small Business Recruitment Strategies Differ From Those of Big Businesses Does having a small business mean you can’t attract top...
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does your company need a drug testing program?

Does Your Company Need a Drug Testing Program?

There are myriad changes occurring with workplace policies. One of which is if, when, why and how companies conduct drug...
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want candidates to choose your recruiting firm.

Want Candidates to Love Your Job Postings?

I don’t need to tell you how tough it is to recruit qualified candidates these days. With unemployment near record...
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strategies to optimize your ATS

Optimizing Your ATS Software and U/E

Tactics to make your ATS U/E a great one. Wrapping your arms around expectations Appropriately managing expectations is a critical,...
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legal recruiter confessions

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Are You in a Career Coma?

Do you find yourself unresponsive to the world around you? Nothing seems to phase you, and you are numb to...
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remote work right or wrong.

Is Remote Work the Right Choice for You?

How do you know if working remotely is a good decision for your type of work, as well as work-style?...
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background screen policy.

Background Screening Policy Helps You Avoid Hiring Pitfalls

Background screening has become almost universally adopted, and according to the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), more than nine...
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3 Tactics to Target Website Visitors and Your Candidate Database

For the staffing industry, best practices for marketing to employers and candidates evolve almost weekly. Within the past year, changes...
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mobile technology for recruiters

Let Mobile Freedom Ring

This is not a big secret. There are a gazillion reasons why using mobile devices are beneficial. There’s even more...
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SmartSearch announces updates to UX

SmartSearch® Announces Updates to Web Portals for Enhanced UX

OCEANSIDE, CA – February 7, 2018 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch® recruiting business software, announces UI...
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building a better brand reputation.

3 Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Brand Reputation

Your online brand reputation can make or break your recruitment business. Here are a few tips to help you start...
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a review of enhancements and updates to SmartSearch in 2018

SmartTalks Q1 2018 Presentation Recap

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, APS, Inc., Chief Technology Officer, LJ Morris held a presentation to discuss recent updates and...
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the real cost and revenue for company culture.

Your ATS and Vendor Relationship: Part 2

Cost, true value, and company culture (Part two of a three-part series) How do You Determine True Value? Current and...
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Best time to post on Social Media

Do You Know the Best Times to Post on Social Media?

As a recruiter or a member of a staffing firm, you want to optimize the time you spend posting on social...
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SmartSearch integrates with Arya by Leoforce

SmartSearch Adds AI Provider Arya to Integrations

OCEANSIDE, CA – January 11, 2018 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, announces its highly anticipated vendor...
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investing in enhancements for your ATS.

Investing in Your ATS Purchase

Investing in a new applicant tracking system This is a costly and time-consuming endeavor. It’s important to understand what is...
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Managing through disasters.

Disaster Recovery Planning… Reflections from the California Fires

What, when and why it’s worth every dime. Having been in various forms of executive management for over 22 years,...
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Understanding the power of Employee advocacy

Employee Advocacy

Why Does Culture and Advocacy Matter? There is a lot of research out there that supports the direct correlation between...
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human resources in a digital world

Human Resources in the Digital World

My son was recently applying online for a department store job. He took care in his selection and brought his...
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three analytic metrics recruiters need to know.

3 Analytic Metrics Recruiters Must Know

Analytical metrics are crucial for evaluating your hiring process. They help you evaluate what is working well for your company...
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Creating a flexible work environment.

Flexwork Enhances Your Workplace Culture

“Workplace flexibility is about improving business results by giving people control over their lifestyle choices and to determine when they...
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Legislation Around Candidate Salaries and Your Recruiting Strategy

Legislation Around Candidate Salaries and Your Recruiting Strategy

On July 2018, Massachusetts will become the first state to forbid employers from asking candidates about their salary history directly impacting the...
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SmartSearch Mobile Capabilities Keep You Ahead of the Curve.

Staying Ahead of the Curve in Mobile Recruiting

One of SmartSearch’s long history of industry “firsts” was the Mobile Access ability to tap into the database back in...
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SmartSearch Update Announcements 2017

SmartSearch® 2017 Updates Include Features for Mobile Recruiting & Onboarding

OCEANSIDE, CA – October 25, 2017 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch® recruiting business software, announces updates to its...
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smart negotiations

Smart Negotiations

Great negotiations can open doors to potentially long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. When handled with care, negotiations can serve as long-lasting...
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managing your business during disasters

Manage Your Business During Disasters

Disasters can arrive without warning and can bring about effects that linger for a long time after the disaster period...
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building a competitive advantage

3 Ways to Use AI in Marketing for Recruiters In 2018 and Beyond

As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, the world and how it operates changes, as well. Artificial Intelligence...
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background check

Four Benefits to Integrating Background Screenings with Recruiting Software

To mitigate risk and protect a company’s core assets, background screenings have become a ubiquitous part of the hiring process....
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amtec conference notes

Inspired Innovation from Amtec and the California Staffing Professionals

Last spring, SmartSearch participated in the California Staffing Professionals (CSP) annual conference and expo. We had an opportunity to attend...
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enhance the candidate experience with technology

Technology Should Enhance the Candidate Experience

A great ATS should enrich the candidate experience — here’s how. Has your company’s online Career Center become the much-dreaded...
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Pay inequity in the workplace

Pay Inequity

“People don’t care who they hurt or beat. For the love of money.” excerpt from the song “For the Love...
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buyer beware when purchasing software

Buyer Beware

When it comes to the world of business, there is much that goes on behind the scenes that would scare...
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modern recruiting mindset

The Modern Recruiting Mindset

The wave of HR technology is fundamentally changing our mindsets, our processes, and how we view business and specifically, in...
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decrease your recruiting time frame

Webinar Recap: Decrease Recruiting Time Without Sacrificing Quality

On August 15, 2017, Scott Wintrip, author of High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant (McGraw-Hill,...
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Google Jobs integration with SmartSearch ATS

SmartSearch Optimizes Job Postings for Google Jobs Search

Once again, SmartSearch delivers our customers the latest developments in the recruitment marketplace.  We recently completed updates to the SmartSearch...
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building an ATS User Interface

Is Your ATS User Interface Focused on “U”?

Bright, shiny and new. Allegedly advanced User Interface (UI) features are eye-catching, but does slick and fancy translate into a better...
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building a competitive advantage

The Competitive Advantage of a Talent Rich Staffing Firm

When it comes to success in the staffing business, one measure alone can accurately predict the future—wealth of talent. The...
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SmartSign eSignature Platform launch press release

SmartSearch® Announces Proprietary eSignature Service

OCEANSIDE, CA – July 25, 2017 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch® recruiting business software, announces the...
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Use video in your recruiting process with SmartSearch.

Video is Not the Next Big Thing, It IS the Big Thing

And other lessons learned at Social Media Boot Camp in Honolulu. Hawaii’s leading social media workshop for employers opened with...
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what makes SmartSearch a best of breed software solution for hiring professionals

Best of Breed

When it comes time to consider a software provider, the options are endless… but that doesn’t mean the one spending...
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don't chose a solution just because of the price.

The Devaluation of Quality

Don’t Let “Commoditization” In The ATS Arena Corrode The Software’s Value In the growing Applicant Tracking Software arena, we’ve increasingly...
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beware shinny pennies when it comes to software solutions

Beware the Bling-Bling

Objects du jour are a fact of life. Introduction to new, and what we all must have, is a constant...
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earth friendly business approach for staffing

A Smart, Earth-friendly Approach to Business

How we conduct business today can happen in myriad ways, but one of the most important things is to unburden...
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Making Lemonade

An applicant tracking system is not a job candidate’s enemy.  What does your ATS do to help job candidates? If...
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social media for recruiting

Social Media as an Asset

Social is the great ice breaker. It allows people to get introduced, forge relationships and to share experiences and information,...
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Living in a world without computers is not something most of us can comprehend. Cellular technology is so finely ingrained into...
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SmartSearch Winner of 2017 TrustRadius Award for Talent Aquisition

SmartSearch® Recognized as a Top-Rated Talent Acquisition Software Solution

OCEANSIDE, CA – May 16, 2017 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, an industry-leading applicant tracking system...
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building customer loyalty with SmartSearch

Identifying the Keys to Customer Service Success

No one ever said winning a new customer was easy, and certainly, keeping a customer is much tougher for many...
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have fun while making money.

How Much Fun can You have While Making Money?

How much fun can you have while making money? This was the big question for me when I got my...
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video conference phone call

Why You Need to Call Your HR Vendor

Look around you. Life can be a comedy of errors, as well as a good boost of comedic relief. What...
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building a better relationship with hiring managers

The Hiring Manager is Your Recruiting Partner

The hiring manager is a critical player in the hunt for new talent. They will have full responsibility for the...
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The Evolution of Customer Relationships

Oftentimes, I find companies proclaim a devout loyalty to customers, which can be unfounded. Customer loyalty is when a strong...
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aligning talent with business needs using SmartSearch

Talent and Business Alignment

When leaders see the potential value of new talent brought into the organization, they can tap into that value and...
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SmartSearch certified by EU and US Department of Commerce as Privacy Shield Certified

SmartSearch® Becomes EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Certified

OCEANSIDE, CA – March 1, 2017 – Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch® recruiting business software, announces...
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good perks vs a great company culture

Do Corporate Perks Enhance Your Culture?

Recruiting talented people is no easy task. As companies seek innovative ways to source and recruit, many use tactics that...
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building financial and mental well being with SmartSearch

Financial and Mental Well-being for Employees

Stress is a fact of life, and it doesn’t go away once when people walk into their place of employment....
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