StartWire Unveils Talent Community Xcelerator

April 6th, 2017 No comments

New Solution from Recruiting Technology Leader Populates Talent Communities with Opted-In Job Candidates

LEBANON, NH–(Marketwired – Apr 5, 2017) – StartWire, America’s number one job search organizer, today announced the release of Talent Community Xcelerator. Designed for organizations with existing talent communities or candidate relationship marketing programs, StartWire Talent Community Xcelerator creates a new acquisition channel for targeted candidate leads by integrating the employer’s opt-in with StartWire’s registration process.

StartWire is already used by more than 11 million job seekers. The award-winning free service has been lauded for advancing the candidate experience by providing them with automatic status updates from thousands of employers regarding their job applications.

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With the launch of Talent Community Xcelerator, StartWire enhances its employer-side tools. Talent communities are major investments in time and money and are often only promoted on the employer’s owned assets such as the career site and social media channels. Now, organizations can leverage Talent Community Xcelerator to target job seekers by location, occupation, education or salary, and offer an easy way to join the employer’s talent community with just one click. This approach presents a win-win for everyone, as job seekers get connected to employers they are interested in, and employers increase the reach and value of their talent communities.

CRM and talent community software providers can also partner with StartWire to offer Talent Community Xcelerator to their clients who may be looking for additional ways to grow their candidate databases. Talent Community Xcelerator can easily be integrated into most platforms and provides another tool for technology vendors to improve the ROI of their software and deepen relationships with their clients.

StartWire president Andrew Katz commented, “StartWire’s unique registration process allows us to interact with candidates who are interested in learning about new opportunities. With StartWire Talent Community Xcelerator, employers can detail the skills they anticipate needing for current and future openings — from warehouse workers to electrical engineers and every discipline in between — and receive only those candidates matching their criteria.” He continued, “StartWire has earned the trust of candidates and employers alike through our continual communications to confirm alignment.”

Heading StartWire Talent Community Xcelerator is Harold Levy, vice president, Business Development. Levy has more than 30 years of recruitment marketing experience, having held executive roles at TMP Worldwide, Bernard Hodes/Omnicom, Bayard and Korn Ferry. Given his expertise, Levy is able to guide StartWire clients’ talent community acquisition strategies and ensure measurable results.

Levy shared, “StartWire Talent Community Xcelerator solution addresses the requirements of multiple audiences: the candidates who want to learn about relevant openings; the employers that need to build communities of qualified candidates; and other vendors — such as CRM and TRM providers — seeking high quality data services to augment their technology solutions.”

To learn more about StartWire Talent Community Xcelerator, please contact Harold Levy by emailing harold.levy@startdatelabs.com.

About StartWire
StartWire is America’s number one job search organizer with more than 11 million members. Job seekers across the U.S. turn to StartWire to close the “resume black hole” by receiving automatic status updates from thousands of employers. Since its inception, StartWire has received rave reviews and coverage in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, ERE, and Human Resource Executive. StartWire is headquartered near Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH. For more information, visit https://www.startwire.com.

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Join the StartWire team – Email Marketing Manager

July 28th, 2016 No comments

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Email Marketing Manager
Location: New York/New Jersey area

 

The Email Marketing Manager job will drive all facets of the StartWire’s Email Marketing program from conception through creation to launch and post campaign analysis and optimization.  You will work in a team environment to execute daily and ad hoc email deployments with an overall goal of driving revenue and user acquisition.

The ideal candidate will have an accomplished history of executing & optimizing email campaigns, will be analytics driven and be an expert in adhering to CAN-SPAM laws with a goal of  maintaining the organization’s stellar reputation. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining engaging email template designs as well as coding responsive HTML.

 

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing new communication strategies to optimize our email program.
  • Overseeing list segmentation strategies to increase engagement and retention and to get the  right message to the right person at the right time.
  • Managing and implementing an e-mail marketing calendar.
  • Pro-actively identifying and implementing opportunities for program and process improvements.
  • Optimizing existing campaigns with frequent multi-variant A/B testing of subject lines, click thru, time of send, & content.
  • Daily tracking, analyzing and reporting on email campaign results including audience, content, messaging, creative, deliverability, open rates, click through rates, conversion as well subscriber list growth and health.

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or similar field
  • At least 2-4 years of Email Marketing/ Digital Marketing experience.
  • 2-4 years experience creating and launching email campaigns using a leading ESP (SendGrid preferred)
  • 2+ years experience coding in responsive email HTML development.
  • 2+ years graphic design experience
  • Collaborative spirit with the ability to work with all levels of management as well as various  internal/external teams.
  • Proficiency in Excel (including creating Pivot Tables/formulas), Word and PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with CRM or some other form or database management.
  • Experience with A/B testing.
  • Ability to multitask and balance an intense attention to detail with swift execution.
  • Experience with analytics tools such as Google Analytics.
  • A go-getter with the ability to make an impact

 

We offer a competitive compensation package along with a great work environment. For immediate consideration for this job, please email your resume to Rockstars@startdatelabs.com

 

 

About StartWire

StartWire is America’s number one job search organizer with more than 7 million members. Job seekers across the US turn to StartWire to close the “resume black hole” by receiving automatic status updates from thousands of employers. Since its inception, StartWire has received rave reviews and coverage in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, ERE, and Human Resource Executive. StartWire is headquartered near Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH. For more information, visit //www.StartWire.com

 

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Unemployed? 6 Tips to Help

May 11th, 2016 No comments

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I’m tired of the job search. Nothing is working. This job search is taking too long.

Are these your thoughts? Unwilling unemployment is stressful, tiring, and discouraging. For those struggling with long-term unemployment, here are some tips that can help you change your job search tactic and outlook.

1. Choose a functional resume over a chronological one.

This type of resume takes the focus out of the years you’ve worked and instead puts the focus on relevant skill sets. For example, if the position is looking for someone with strong writing experience, a functional resume will list “Writing/Editing Content” at the top of the resume. Then all work experience related to writing will follow. This type of resume takes the focus away from years worked and instead addresses how your skills match the prospective position. To view a sample of both functional and chronological resumes, here’s a guide on resume construction.

2. Fill in those unemployment gaps with activity.

It’s important to show that you’ve been actively pursuing other ventures and strengthening your skills during your time of unemployment. Find yourself a project to get involved in, whether it be a charity you’re interested in or a non-profit company that’s looking for volunteers.

Do something that shows you are self-employed and assertive. This can help fill in those resume gaps and show employers that you’ve been productive with your time, giving them the assurance that you can smoothly transition from your current project to the ones within the new role.

3. Don’t over explain.

If employers ask about your unemployment, keep it short and simple. Over-explaining tends to give away more information than necessary. You want to address the employer’s question on your unemployment, but the key is to take the conversation away from the past and bring it to the future. To do this, talk about projects you’ve been involved in, then link that to how skills acquired from the project can transition to fit your new role.

4. Strive for efficiency. Quality over quantity.

Don’t apply to any available job listing, thinking that casting a wide net will cause one of them to eventually bite. This is wasting precious time and resources. Instead, use your resources to apply for targeted job listings. The general rule of thumb is, if you meet 70% of the job description, apply.

5. Pitch yourself to old employers.

Your old employers are the ones who may know your background and work style better than new ones. If you left the company on a good note, it’s okay and can be strategic to just go back to that company and ask for a contract or freelance position. Frame it in a way that shows your expert knowledge of the company and use your previous experience working there as leverage to market yourself as a safe hire. Most companies see newer candidates as risky investments because they lack familiarity in the candidate and their overall work ethic. However, previous candidates that have been successful, but let go due to budget constraints, may be good investments for contract or freelance openings.

6. Change your outlook

Don’t blame yourself and don’t be discouraged. Being long-term unemployed can be stressful, but this stress fuels a vicious cycle where you enter an interview feeling stressed and anxious to get the job. Employers pick up on this anxiety and therefore, become less likely to hire you. Clear your mind, stay positive, and learn how to manage job search frustration. Look within your community and join a job group with people in your similar situation. You might be surprised to find that this can be a great space of mutual support and advice sharing.

The Salary Question During an Interview

April 7th, 2016 No comments

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Q: How do I answer when I’m asked about my salary preferences?

A: This question is tricky because answer too high and you’ll seem too expensive of a candidate. Answer too low and you’re effectively selling yourself short.

Before you go into any interview, whether it be through phone or in person, make sure you perform a quick research of the position you’re interviewing for. Check your salary estimates using sites such as glassdoor.com, salary.com or payscale.com. Unfortunately, not all of these are accurate based on the level of experience you have and the importance of your skills relative to that company, so be sure not to base your salary entirely on these estimates. However, definitely use these sites as a good reference point.

Next, always answer this question as a range. For example, saying that your salary expectations are 40,000 to 50,000 broadens your chances of answering within the range that the employer is willing to offer. Be prepared to receive an offer towards the lower side of your range. If this is not something you’re willing to accept, don’t say that lower range just for the purpose of having a range.

If possible, deflect the question if you are at an early stage of the interview. Put the focus on understanding the job requirements instead by saying, I’d love to learn more about this job’s requirements and how well I meet these needs before discussing salary. Another approach is to try and ask them what kind of range they’re offering instead. Say, I’m sure you’ve budgeted a salary range for this position and I’m certain we’ll reach an agreement if I am your preferred candidate. What is this budgeted range?

Finally, make sure you practice answering this question. Money talks are always sensitive subjects, so to prevent yourself from choking up during the interview, practice before hand.

To brush up on other interview related skills, read on for some more interviewing tips!

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How to Determine Company Culture

March 21st, 2016 No comments

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Q: How can I figure out the company culture and whether it’s a right fit for me?

A: To best tell a company’s culture, ask questions. During the interview, play detective and search for attributes that would be a good cultural fit for you.

First, figure out the elements that would help you succeed in a company. Do you prefer a culture that is highly social where co-workers spend time together inside and outside of the office? Or do you perform better in an environment where there is quiet space for you to focus entirely on work? Do you like working in a highly individualistic and competitive environment or do you prefer one that is more collaborative with group decisions? Understanding what you prefer is the first step to identifying a specific company’s unique culture.

Once you understand your side of the equation, start to investigate your prospective company’s with questions that help uncover culture:

1) How often are decisions made in group settings?

2) How often do people collaborate in team projects?/ How often does the staff meet?

3) What attributes would make me successful in this work environment?

4) How would you describe your company culture in 3 words?

5) Who are your mentors?

6) What ways do employers achieve work life balance?

7) What activities or sponsorships do the company hold?

8) How is performance feedback given to employees?

 Make simple observations of your setting during the interview as well. Take a look at your surroundings and observe the dress code. Are people dressed in business professional attire or casual clothing? Do you see any family photos? Take a look at the makeup of your co-workers. Does your employer value diversity?

Other ways to discover a company’s culture is through social media! Take a look at the company’s Facebook or Twitter pages. There might be pictures posted about social events or casual Fridays.

Have more questions? Read on for tips on how to answer the salary question during an interview, best times of day to schedule an interview, and more.

 

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Your outplacement strategy is playing out on social media.

January 20th, 2016 No comments

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Hiring and firing is tied to social media

Are you aware that your outplacement strategy and how you treat your exiting employees are being played out for all the world to see–or should I say read?

I’m not only talking about the Fortune 500 companies. If you have even one employee, there’s a good chance your business is getting buzz on social media. Between blogs and 140 character tweets, former employees are announcing to the world how you treated–or mistreated–them during a reduction.

I’m always trying to find sites you may not have on your radar. Check out TheLayoff.com. It’s been around since 2009. Their tagline is “News, personal experiences, rumors and speculations about layoffs at your company”.  Like the rest of the internet, they welcome the anonymous post. Here is the link to the latest posts – TheLayoff.com.

So what can you do? In some cases, nothing.  Others would say, hire an expensive brand marketing company.

My suggestion is simple. First, get to know these sites. Go beyond Twitter and Facebook. Ask your recruiters to ask potential candidates what sites they used to learn about your corporate culture. Then research them to understand what current and former employees are saying. If possible, set up an alert to be notified when your company is mentioned.

Second, come up with a plan to combat the negativity. What can you do at the grassroots level? Communication usually tops the list. Being transparent and understanding of your former employees will not only soothe them, but establish your business as one that cares.

Your outplacement strategy will play a big part in your hiring strategy when it comes to social media. So remember, how you treat your exiting employees not only impacts them, the remaining employees but also your reputation for potential hires for years to come.

To learn more about StartWire for Employers read our Press Release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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StartWire Appoints Andrew Katz as Executive Vice President and General Manager

November 17th, 2015 No comments

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LEBANON, NH–(Marketwired – Nov 17, 2015) –  StartWire, America’s number one job search organizer, today announced that Andrew Katz, a highly accomplished leader in business development, marketing, customer success and digital operations, has joined the company as executive vice president and general manager. In this role, he is responsible for StartWire’s entire sales funnel, profit and loss statements, operational excellence and partnerships and for managing the company’s staff.

“StartWire strives to be the go-to place for candidates looking for their next career, and as we continue to grow and offer new capabilities, it is essential that we have the right leadership team in place to steer our efforts,” said Chris Forman, founder of StartWire. “Throughout his career, Andrew has demonstrated excellence in recruitment technology, building new sales channels, creating partnerships and leading organizations to success. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard and confident that his proven ability to drive positive results will open new doors and ensure StartWire’s ongoing growth and expansion.”

Since its inception in 2011, StartWire’s unique job search organization technology has helped more than 6 million job seekers improve how they find new opportunities. The company’s free service enables job seekers to organize their applications and receive automatic status updates from thousands of employers via text message and email, helping to remove the application black hole candidates typically encounter. In addition, the company recently announced the release of StartWire for Employers, a transformative solution to outplacement that enables companies to support displaced employees and help them find new career opportunities 30 percent faster than traditional outplacement methods.

As StartWire continues to build momentum, in terms of increasing its number of users and expanding its product functionality, the company sought a leader who could steer its current momentum and deliver continued success. Leveraging more than two decades as a senior-level executive in the HR and recruiting space, Katz brings the knowledge and experience to guide StartWire’s growth and bring the company’s solutions to new markets.

Prior to joining StartWire, Katz served as senior vice president of Global Business Development and Channel Partnerships for Findly. In this capacity, he established new sales channels globally and formulated technology and service partnerships with numerous enterprise clients and resellers. Katz previously spent 10 years at Bernard Hodes Group, starting as an account executive and advancing into several executive positions, including vice president of Sales, vice president of Branch Operations and senior vice president of Sales and Digital Media. He most recently served as senior vice president of Marketing and Digital Operations, in which he managed the company’s media and development teams and led its marketing and product development operations.

Katz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Rutgers University. He is currently a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

“What drew me to StartWire is the company’s pioneering vision in improving the tedious and frustrating job search process and delivering a new approach to the costly and often ineffective outplacement process,” said Katz. “I am excited to join such a dynamic organization of individuals so committed to enhancing how people find jobs in today’s challenging landscape.”

About StartWire
StartWire is America’s number one job search organizer with more than 6 million members. Job seekers across the US turn to StartWire to close the “resume black hole” by receiving automatic status updates from thousands of employers. Since its inception, StartWire has received rave reviews and coverage in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, ERE, and Human Resource Executive. StartWire is headquartered near Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH. For more information, visithttp://www.StartWire.com.

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Rethinking Outplacement: StartWire’s New Free Service

November 10th, 2015 No comments

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StartWire for Employers Outplacement Service Helps Displaced Employees Find Jobs 30% Faster

Traditional outplacement services, by which companies help their laid-off employees find new roles, simply don’t work. They are often expensive, meaning employers can’t always support each of their transitioning employees, and they offer mixed results. Moreover, many of today’s outplacement solutions are outdated, neglecting to capitalize on the new channels and technologies that can help transitioning employees find meaningful employment faster.

As factors like mergers and acquisition, down-sizing and corporate restructuring continue to occur, layoffs are a reality for many businesses. As such, the need to help their displaced employees is a pressing concern for these organizations. Recognizing the opportunity to transform what has traditionally been a costly, time-consuming process, StartWire, America’s number one job search organizer, developed an innovative new solution for employers to support displaced employees: StartWire for Employers.

A free service enabling employers to help their former employees find new opportunities and advance their careers, StartWire for Employers offers a pioneering approach to outplacement that delivers significant improvement over traditional methods. The service facilitates how companies support their displaced employees, connecting them with the tools and resources to prepare for the next stage of their careers and helping them find new jobs 30 percent faster.

“Similar to how Zenefits transformed HR administration by offering a free, cloud-based service to automate key HR processes, StartWire for Employers disrupts the traditional outplacement service model, delivering an affordable, more effective approach,” said Andrew Katz, executive vice president and general manager of StartWire. “This innovative solution provides the tools companies need to assist their valued former employees in finding meaningful employment much sooner. As a result, they can improve productivity and morale among current staff, enhance their employer brand and portray themselves as a company that cares.”

Built upon StartWire’s industry-leading job search organization platform, StartWire for Employers provides a robust approach to supporting employees as they look for their next opportunities. The solution includes a free automatic application tracking engine, online consultations with career coaching experts, job search optimization and a video library of training resources. Additional benefits for employees include optimized job search results delivered to their inbox and access to StartWire’s proprietary automatic application update engine, enabling updates on their applications from more than 12,000 companies.

In the coming months, StartWire will introduce additional premium services to support displaced employees, such as resume writing services, social profile services and professional development courses.

Additional information about StartWire for Employers can be accessed at: http://www.startwire.com/transition.

About StartWire
StartWire is America’s number one job search organizer with more than 6 million members. Job seekers across the US turn to StartWire to close the “resume black hole” by receiving automatic status updates from thousands of employers. Since its inception, StartWire has received rave reviews and coverage in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, ERE, and Human Resource Executive. StartWire is headquartered near Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH. For more information, visit http://www.StartWire.com.

 

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Application Black Hole – How to Start Hearing Back

September 7th, 2015 No comments

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If you’re like most job seekers, as soon as you hit the apply button on a job, your brain is flooded with questions. “Did they get my resume?” “Where do I stand?” “Am I still in the running?”

This is the Application Black Hole – the bane of online job search.

Happily, StartWire can help.

We connect with the recruiting systems used by more than 12,000 companies we can let you know if they got your resume, if you are still in the running, or even if they want to chat about an interview.. We are adding more ‘supported’ companies every day.

Here’s how it works

Tell us where you have applied. If you’ve applied to company that is in our ‘blackhole’ network, we will let you know.  Just follow the online instructions and we’ll provide you with updates via email or text message.

All your information is safely organized at your StartWire account where you can also track applications on your own, and quickly print out your Job Search History Report with just a few clicks.

If you need help, reach out to us by clicking on Feedback and Support.

It’s time for you to conquer the Application Black Hole so get tracking!

If you don’t already have an account, head over to StartWire for your free account.

Why you should upload your resume?

August 3rd, 2015 No comments

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Get your resume out there

We know resumes. In fact, the team at StartWire has been in then recruiting and job search space for decades….literally decades. And there is nothing we love more than giving folks who join our Job Search community some insider knowledge to help you find a job faster.

Here’s one of those secrets: Recruiters search resume databases looking for candidates…everyday. Sometimes they don’t even post jobs…they just check the databases of large job sites looking for a candidate they can call immediately.

If you are not in these databases, you are missing out on opportunities! The problem is, there are just too many databases and each one can take forever to setup.

StartWire has the solution.

Once you upload your resume to StartWire, we will suggest verified sites. Choose the ones you want and we will take care of the rest.

It saves you time and gets your resume in front of recruiters faster. It is the quickest and simplest way to get hired. And it’s totally free.

If you need help, reach out to us by clicking on Feedback and Support.

So upload your resume today and increase your chances of being found!

To learn more about StartWire register today at www.startwire.com

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