logo_taleo_linked_inIn the Cloud….When will Talent Management bump into Social Networking?

At issue with the invention of “the cloud” and virtual software solutions holds the main problem: “How do you get one cloud to talk to another cloud?”

Software as a Service (or SaaS), is a great idea in it’s most basic form, but it looks like there’s a storm on the horizon. Users are having trouble big time spending time registering for job postings on a job board, completing a profile for that job board, and then ultimately being sent to the hiring company’s website, or worse, to a consulting firms website to then register there to access the posting. Not to mention that you’ve already filled out a profile for Linked IN, and all kinds of other social networking sites. The problem remains simple. If Taleo is the talent management and human resources recruiting de-facto service employers are using, then why can’t a single Taleo employee profile be created that allows users to upload one common profile that completes the process once?

Sure, Taleo has improved the ability to upload a resume and allow a certain level of “data intelligence” to complete a small aspect of the process. But it will still take a user a long time to review and complete the application process. Maybe Taleo has another service to offer? One for the business side, and another for the consumer side? How bout it Taleo? Maybe it’s time you get together with someone like Linked IN and create a TALEO proof profile that users can just CLICK to popluate.


Then someone can spread the word to Taleo that a ton of people don’t even know how to pronounce their product’s name. In case you didn’t know, tt’s Ta -lay-o.

3 thoughts on “Can Taleo and Linked In Share Information?

  1. I think the idea of LInked IN having options to “share” profiles with Taleo and other HR/Recruting applications is great. From personal experience I know how nerve racking it is to go through different processes, then ultimately after uploading a resume, correcting the mistakes in the “populating process”. I’d rather have sharing vs. a universal Teleo profile because other recruiting applications can also plug-in… much more scalable. (though as a half measure a universal Taleo profile would help too)

  2. Great questions. It depends on how user-friendly the ATS (SaaS) really is. Taleo requires you to get a password and tends to allow the company to put up too many fields to fill out. So you end up getting suckered in by the job board into “registerinh” with them and then you need to do it all again for the Company via their ATS.

    Let’s look at a test case. Company X has a Java Developer Position open.

    Company X posts it on a Job board (Monster,etc) THROUGH their ATS, and disable the Job board’s normal apply mechanisms.

    Her’s what you should experience as a user:

    In the best case scenario, you go to a job site (Monster, Careerbuilder, etc), see the Java job and click ONCE to apply. You are then directed immediately to company X’s career page which is hosted by the ATS. The apply process should be as easy as uploading your resume, which the ATS should be able to parse anyway. No need to input tons of information or register with the ATS.

    Linked In is a slightly different animal as a client since it adds social networking functonality.

    There is some great news.

    There is one ATS, Jobvite, that really gets social networking. Jobvite has auto-posting to Job Boards, and a ridiculously easy apply process that’s integrated with any company’s career page. They also allow people to push jobs out to their social networks like Linked In.

    In fact, Jobvite is such a good ATS, it’s the one Linked In uses. 😉

    Check em out.

    * http://www.jobvite.com/

  3. If you look at Cytiva’s financials, this is an irtinesteng (in the strange sense) move for Taleo. Cytiva has lost money every year for the last 6 years. It was insolvent by the end of Q3 of 2009. Accounts payable and short term debt was around $1.7 million, while cash and receivables was a mere $420K. Given such a grim situation at the company, why would Taleo have paid 2X revenue for a product they’ll retire ASAP? I think they must be very desperate to grow market share to justify their stock price, and organic growth in this market is impossible. But this growth strategy can’t last forever. And it will dilute shareholders before it falls apart.

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