Ceridian Enabling Companies to Find and Rank Qualified Job Candidates Faster, Easier

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With labor shortages expected, companies need human resource management solutions that maintain and advance their competitive advantages

Ceridian (http://www.myceridian.com), a leader in human resource outsourcing management solutions that maximize the value of people, is readying companies for unprecedented employee recruiting, staffing and retirement challenges. The company is enhancing its Ceridian Talent Acquisition & Management solution with Ceridian Smart Search, a high-powered search engine that enables companies to gain more precise candidate matches for open positions using breakthrough concept intelligence.

Historically, employers have been limited to using standard keyword search processes to build their pool of qualified candidates. By using this method, recruiters conducting applicant searches are presented with only those candidates with exact keyword matches in their resumes, thus creating the potential to miss opportunities to hire top employees. For example, a recruiter using a keyword search can search on “Java,” but misses those candidates with J2EE and other programming languages in their resume.

In sharp contrast, Ceridian Smart Search probes much deeper, matching qualified candidates to open requisitions via the terminology used in the search criteria. Additionally, if employers seek candidates “similar to” the profile of an ideal employee or wish to “find more like” another applicant that criteria can also be entered into the search process. An easily viewable ranking of potential candidates, based on the unique search criteria, is created for each search. Recruiters also save time by taking fewer steps to locate prospective hires as Smart Search is a one-click execution versus tedious Boolean strings and complex keyword searches.

DeVry University, a leader in technology-grounded education since 1931 and a Ceridian client for more than three years, was the first to utilize the Smart Search feature when Ceridian launched it in April 2005. “Smart Search makes it easier to find qualified applicants because conceptual search eliminates the need for our recruiters to create a precise search string to hit on the right candidates,” said Shannon K. Kuc, PHR, HR generalist for DeVry University. “The functionality was very easy to use. There are really only a couple of steps to learn in order to use Smart Search.”

“The cost of making a bad hire, or missing out on landing a very talented and qualified team member can be very costly to a company, especially as companies in North America and Europe face the impending labor shortages,” explained Craig Julien, Ceridian’s vice president and general manager of talent acquisition and management. “Companies must improve efforts to maintain a capable, competitive workforce and by using a powerful tool such as Smart Search can find the most qualified talent, not just any talent.”

According to Ceridian, adopters of effective talent acquisition and human resources management strategies are better able to recruit highly qualified employees to succeed employees who are close to retirement; use effective ‘onboarding’ systems for new hires; and succeed in the retention of current employees by offering and maintaining innovative and comprehensive benefits and incentive programs. In January 2005, Ceridian conducted a survey of more than 300 HR managers, senior managers and executives from numerous industries to gauge how these industry experts view the possibilities of implementing a talent acquisition and management program at their companies. Of those polled, 83 percent agreed that talent acquisition and management tools increase the ability to manage their workforce; 80 percent believe they would better align employee and company objectives; and 79 percent agree they would lead to competing more competitively.

Ceridian has developed an informational and sales inquiry Web site, http://www.myceridian.com/talent for companies to obtain more information about talent acquisition and management strategies and product and service options available from Ceridian.

About Ceridian

Ceridian is changing the world of work by enabling companies to be free to succeed in their core business through its suite of innovative managed human resource management solutions that include payroll and compensation, staffing, compliance, HR administration and employee effectiveness. Ceridian Corporation (NYSE: CEN) is an information services company serving businesses and employees in the United States, Canada and Europe.

For more information about Ceridian’s comprehensive array of human resource solutions, visit http://www.myceridian.com or call (800) 729-7655.

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