Lilly’s New Careers Site Has an Intriguing Way of Searching for a Job That Matches

Eli Lilly, the multibillion dollar, Fortune 500 drug company, is out with a new corporate career site that includes an intriguing new “jobs for you.”

The Lilly redesign, like so many other new sites, leads off with large, colorful photos. It sums up its value proposition nicely: 1) we work for a purpose; 2) we have great employees; and 3) you can build a career here.

A basic keyword search is the first thing you see below the photos, just “below the fold” on my browser.

It’s the “jobs for you” on the right that piqued my interest the most. You sign in through LinkedIn, and it matches you to Lilly jobs based on the experience, location, and skills found on your LinkedIn profile.

Those skills originate from the endorsements people give you on LinkedIn. If people have endorsed you a lot for something, it’s one of your skills.

This is the first time I’ve seen a major corporate career site make heavy use of the skills stemming from LinkedIn endorsements in a job-matching mechanism.

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Lilly job matchI ran it by Jeff Dickey-Chasins — the “job board doctor,” he calls himself — and he said that he, too, hasn’t seen this before on a major company’s page, only on a job board.

TMP, maker of the software TalentBrew, built the matching module, using a third-party AI technology, which actually does the matching. In laymen’s terms, TalentBrew sends something to LinkedIn, and then the data goes to the third party, which sends the percentage match back to TalentBrew. It can be weighted so that location, skills, and job title can take on more or less importance.

Candidates, as you’ll see if you try it, can also play around with the weighting and thus the percentage match; change your location, for example, and your percentages will come out differently.

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4 Comments on “Lilly’s New Careers Site Has an Intriguing Way of Searching for a Job That Matches

  1. Looks like the AI has a bit more learning to do. Or maybe I really am about as qualified for a Senior Marketing Manager role as I am for Dairy Sales… It’s probably not helpful to show matches below a certain “matching” threshold. But even nearer to the top, I’m estimated to be equally qualified for a Marketing Intern position and a Sr. Regional Marketing Manager role?

    It seems to be just a less useful form of displaying jobs by category. At least if I sorted open jobs by category I could get just marketing jobs and skip the internships and dairy sales…

  2. From working on this product feature at TMP, I can tell you that the results are very much a function of the quality of the job description and depth of information in the profile itself.. and yes I am sure the algorithm will continue to be tweaked as well! We set out to provide candidates with a ‘different’ way to search for jobs that allows them to leverage their social profile and even the feedback (endorsements) from others. So far its been a popular addition to our TalentBrew software and we’re watching the usage metrics closely.If anyone has any questions, feel free to reach out.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mlamphear

  3. I’ve got a pretty well worked out LinkedIn profile (LinkedIn calls it an All Star rating, fwiw), and yet the matching gave me: Consultant Medical Liaison; Patient Access Specialist – Oncology; Sales Rep – Diabetes Care; Research Engineer; Software Designer; Sr. Coordinator.

    I don’t do any of that. Note even close.

    So, I asked a friend who works in a radically different field from me, and who also has an “All Star” profile, to try it out. They got (wait for it…): Consultant Medical Liaison; Patient Access Specialist – Oncology; Sales Rep – Diabetes Care; Research Engineer; Software Designer; Sr. Coordinator.

    They’re at least somewhat close, since they’ve done some web dev in the past.

    Still: Methinkith the matcheth doth not worketh too welleth.

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