HRchitect’s HRtechnology Vendor News: Talent Acquisition Enters New Frontier: iCIMS’ Latest Release Reflects the Changing Dynamic of the Job Search

-Talent Platform 13.1 enhancements reflect desire of employers to not only recruit for open positions, but promote their employment brand and build relationships with potential candidates-

MATAWAN, N.J. (May 6, 2013) – iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition software solutions for growing businesses, is announcing the launch of the latest version of its core product, Talent Platform 13.1. This release is a standout; it features progressive new functionality that reflects the growing desire of companies to utilize technology to not only help in advertising jobs but to build relationships with potential candidates and increase brand awareness.

“Talent acquisition has become so much more than just tracking applicants,” said iCIMS Chief Marketing Officer, Susan Vitale. “It’s about building relationships, creating brand awareness, and communicating your company culture and values. This convergence of marketing and recruitment is exciting at an industry level and helps build interest on the candidate side, which ultimately assists employers in recruiting and onboarding great talent. That’s what our suite of solutions strives to do.”

Enhancements to iCIMS Talent Platform include optimized career portal branding, new bidirectional email, comprehensive metrics dashboards, and an upgraded Onboard solution.

“The talent acquisition lifecycle really starts on a company’s career portal, where both active and passive candidates search for job openings and research companies,” said Vitale. “This is where a company needs to put its best foot forward. Our 13.1 release allows clients to create a public-facing career portal that has a clean, modern look configured with brand assets that give not only candidates, but the public at large, a look into a company’s culture and brand.”

One of the most highly-anticipated new features of the Talent Platform is Bidirectional Email.  This new feature, which came directly through customer feedback, allows recruiters, hiring managers, and HR professionals to send email communications from the platform to candidates, while automatically recording the two-way conversation in the platform for historical data tracking. The communications interface has also been modernized across notes, appointments, and email composition. As a foray into Big Data, iCIMS is also now offering a new Metrics Dashboard, which allows users to view and drill down into insightful data across products, including key stats around career portal activity, candidate sources, and high level workflow summaries.

The company’s 13.1 release will also coincide with the much anticipated release of its upgradedOnboard solution. Onboard allows HR professionals to automate the transition from candidate to productive new hire, which is key to new hire retention. According to a 2011 Aberdeen Group report on employee productivity, the right onboarding process has been found to increase new hire retention by 50% and double the level of new hire engagement. iCIMS’ configurable Onboard solution provides options for companies to house dynamic content, like tailored welcome messages, pictures, and onboarding videos. This greatly enhances the transition experience, giving new hires the ability to engage and learn about the company while completing important online forms before their first day.

“Along with enhancing our core Talent Platform, we have also improved our integrations with background check solution providers,” commented iCIMS Chief Technical Officer Paul Melici. “It is so important companies ensure they are in line with state and federal mandates when bringing on a new hire. Our new standard integration package in 13.1 automates the process so background checks are easy, repeatable, and scalable.”

The iCIMS Talent Platform can be integrated with over 125 different service providers, likeSterlingOrange TreeFirst AdvantageAuricoTalentWise, and Accurate, to facilitate a company’s recruitment initiatives. All of these enhancements are expected to strengthen iCIMS’ already stellar customer service, which recently garnered two coveted industry awards including the Bronze Stevie® Award for “Customer Service Department of the Year” in the Computer Software category and a top three ranking in HRO Today Magazine’s “Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings” in the Talent Management Software category.

To find out more about iCIMS’ suite of talent acquisition solutions, visit http://www.icims.com/.

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