Announcements and Products Just In Time For The SHRM Show

With the SHRM show and conference underway in Chicago now, vendors have been busy issuing announcements of product releases, new deals, partnerships and more. Here’s a roundup of items that crossed our desk over the weekend last few days:

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  • Peopleclick (profile; site) introduced Peopleclick Onboarding as an enhanced component of its talent acquisition suite. It integrates with the Peopleclick Recruitment Management System (RMS) and handles the usual forms and manager checklists. The cool part is that new employees can access the system even before they start to learn about details like parking, lunchrooms, how to find their office and even chat with their new colleagues.


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    JobTarget (profile; site) announced service agreements with First Advantage Recruiting Solutions, Bayard Advertising, and Graystone Group Advertising. These recruitment advertising firms outsourced their job posting activity to JobTarget, the company says in a press release today. It’s a relatively new service specifically for agencies.

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    It provides a number of features including a job board search engine, proposal creator, order status tracking, inventory management, login management, web proofs, and reporting. Besides reducing the cost for agencies, JobTarget designed the system to help agencies “mine their client activity to look for new service opportunities and purchasing efficiency opportunities.”

  • Monster (profile; site) reported adding 11 more metro or market-leading daily newspapers to its co-branded media alliance program and said it will soon add three more papers. The new additions include the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a paper that only a few weeks ago joined the Yahoo!  newspaper coalition (a paper can join both). Monster also announced alliances with several more newspapers, including

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    Ottaway Newspapers (the Local Media Group of Dow Jones & Company), the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The additions bring the total media affiliations to 200 weekly and daily newspapers and more than 100 television outlets.

  • Yahoo! Hotjobs (profile; site) officially unveiled Smart Ads for job posting, a product enhancement that transforms job listings into display ads that can be tailored to active and passive job seekers across the Yahoo! Network. Yahoo! also announced Premium Company Profiles to offer corporate branding with rich media and company-specific content from the Yahoo! Network.The company release says: “Premium Company Profile pages offer employers the chance to showcase their company’s employment brand and drive more qualified applicants to their open positions. Working with popular Yahoo! properties such as Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Answers, each page comes with an added layer of information and insight about the company in addition to a full listing of positions available to job seekers.”
  • Finally, we have the desk of the future from Oberon. Here's the Walkstation in action at SHRM in Chicago.The folks at Oberon describe it thusly: “The Walkstation is the combination of a fully integrated electric height-adjustable work surface with an exclusively engineered, low speed commercial grade treadmill. At a maximum speed of 2 mph, the Walkstation lets the user walk comfortably, burn calories, feel healthier and more energized-and all while accomplishing work that a person would normally do while seated.” We were mezmerized by the video Oberon created, especially where they’re all standing (treadmilling?) around a conference table for a meeting. We almost thought we were being spoofed, but no, this is the real thing. It was created, according to Oberon, by “Mayo Clinic endocrinologist James Levine, M.D., Ph.D.—a long-time advocate of NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) which is based on the premise that daily moderate movement is more effective in achieving weight loss and better health than is the power work-out.” Enjoy the video.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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