I just built a robot – JimBot.

I have been reading a lot about robots taking over the world of work lately and have become increasingly fascinated with the concept of robot process automation. So much so, that I have been working on my own personal bot. I call it “JimBot.” Its intended to address the frequently asked questions I get. To see it in action, visit the Facebook page for my YouTube seriesThe Jim Stroud Show.

This is how it works. First, visit my page and click one of the “message” links (either arrow “A” or arrow “B.”)

Check out my facebook bot

When you click one of those message links, the chat window pops up (as shown below).

From this point, you can click one of the links that pops up or type in a question. Easy-peasy. If you would, give my bot a shot! I could really use your help in making it better. Please and thank you in advance.

Jim

I Have Seen the Future of Recruiting and I Am Not In It

future of work and recruiting

I have seen the future of recruiting and I am not in it. A robot, an algorithm or some other form of automation has replaced me and I am okay with that. Why? Simply put, as old jobs fade away due to technology upgrades, new processes, new jobs replace them. It has happened before and it will happen again; such is the way of the world.

I can remember my mother driving up to a Fotomat drive through window and dropping off a roll of film to be developed. When digital cameras were invented, there was no need for such a service and Fotomat disappeared.

When I was in college, I worked for a video store akin to Blockbuster video. Each week, customers would visit the store to see what movies had been released to VHS, BETA or (for the eccentrics) laserdisc. One day Netflix was invented and eventually, the store I worked at (along with Blockbuster, Hollywood Video and others) disappeared.

Advancements in technology always displaces the former trend and I am seeing more of that each day. Take for example, the disruptive nature of Uber to the taxi industry and how people are making serious incomes driving their own cars. Very soon however, with the advent of robot cars, that income will disappear for many who rely on it.

So, what is the solution to change? I think its adaptation and taking on skills that robots cannot grasp, at least for now; chief among them, public speaking. According to research form “Burning Glass,” verbal and written communication is HIGHLY sought after by employers; ironic as 74% of Americans fear public speaking. If you are among those nervous about standing before crowds, I suggest you join an organization like Toastmasters.

If you are in the service industry, I cannot stress enough how much you need to diversify your skillset. Consider this, Chinese factories have replaced 90% of humans with robots and production soared, farmers have managed to automate much of the work that they do, Amazon has robots manning their warehouses and a company called Momentum Machines invented a burger-flipping robot that can produce a burger every 10 seconds. With all of that, I suppose that the biggest wake-up call to the service industry is McDonald’s response to the $15 minimum wage demands of its workers which basically says, they may pay the demanded rate but to fewer people. And if you are inclined to believe that your job is safe, understand that such coveted roles as pharmacists, lawyers and even astronauts may soon be replaced by artificial intelligence.

With all of this to consider, how soon would it be before the recruitment industry is disrupted in similar fashion? I think very soon. Earlier this year, the millennial job search company “First Job,” debuted its recruitment automation bot – Mya. The company said that “Mya automates as much as 75 percent of the recruitment process.

Wow! Really? I had the opportunity to speak with the CEO of First Job – Eyal Grayevsky and among the more memorable quotes from our discussion was…

“Engagement with Mya has been through the roof. Candidates are answering Mya’s questions, asking questions, and re-engaging with Mya at a very high percentage. This is a strong signal from the market that job seekers value the benefits of the Mya experience and are very receptive to interfacing with A.I. in the hiring process.”

If a robot can handle screening of candidates, would that give me more time to focus on interviewing and closing offers? I think so. I think it would also give me time to focus on strategies that will attract passive candidates into interacting with the bot in the first place. Such is what I meant when I said earlier that “I was not in the future” of recruiting. Most likely, I will be doing something much different than I am now, perhaps reporting to the marketing department. Why do I say that?

I think the future of recruiting in general and sourcing in particular is in attraction and that marketing technology is showing us the way. For example, NFC technology could enable billboard interaction; imagine a billboard sending data to your phone as you pass by it (with your permission of course) or, taking a tour of a company from your bedroom courtesy of augmented reality or, a social media command center focused on detecting negative sentiment about an employment brand so recruiters can target them. All of these possibilities fall more under marketing than HR and ultimately, that is the department recruiters and sourcers may end up reporting to.

So much is going to happen in so little time from now, its already making my head spin. As fast as I can, I am learning and adapting so I will not be left behind. Can you say the same?

Hot or not? New report showcases most in-demand and emerging jobs of 2017

Randstad US predicts this year’s hottest jobs

 

ATLANTA – January 23, 2017 – With recent unemployment figures at historic lows, candidates are eager to find the hottest positions in 2017. Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the United States, is helping those seekers determine the most promising industries and fields with insight and predictions in its annual 2017 Hot Jobs report.

Randstad worked with its national recruiting experts to review the current workforce trends, including available positions, number of qualified candidates, market growth, salary range and specific skillsets to provide timely projections for the year.

Randstad’s 2017 predictions include the most in-demand and emerging jobs within engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, non-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Engineering 
Hot Jobs 1. Validation Engineer
2. Construction Project Manager
3. Controls Engineer
“The engineering field continues to evolve based on market trends and technical innovation. Competition remains high for the most popular positions, while the unemployment rate for the overall field is well below the national average.”
– Richard Zambacca, President, Randstad Engineering
Emerging Jobs 1. Robotics Engineer
2. Embedded Engineer
 Finance and Accounting

Hot Jobs

 

1. Accountant (Staff, Junior, Senior)
2. Analyst (Financial, Business, Junior, Senior)
3. Manager (Accounting, Finance, Project)
4. Auditor (Director, Manager, SOX)
5. Controller (VP of Finance)
6. Accounting Clerk
“Professionals in this field play an important role in the success and profitability of an organization. Job opportunities in finance and accounting have increased with the growing economy. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with strong public accounting and general ledger software skills, as well as bilingual applicants.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Non-Clinical Healthcare
Hot Jobs 1. Administrative Assistant
2. Receptionist
3. Executive Assistant
 “As the healthcare industry overall sees continued growth, the number of non-clinical support staff will increase as well. A focus on improving patient experience and greater use of technology in a clinical setting will contribute to the need for additional front and back-office support in healthcare facilities across the country.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs 1. Medical Secretary
2. Medical Assistant
 Human Resources (HR)
Hot Jobs 1. HR Generalist/Business Partner
2. HR Manager/Director
3. Comp & Benefits Manager
4. Learning & Development Specialist
5. Recruitment Specialist
“As technology in the HR space continues to rapidly advance, HR professionals must stay ahead of the digital curve and leverage emerging technologies to drive nearly every aspect of the function. Recent developments in mobile apps, cloud technology, data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics are helping to better anticipate and manage business needs. The pace of technological adoption, combined with a growing talent shortage, is creating new challenges and opportunities for HR professionals.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Information Technology (IT)
Hot Jobs 1. Full Stack Developer
2. Security Engineer
3. Big Data Engineer
“Advancements and innovation in technology call for an increase in qualified candidates for a wide variety of IT roles. Positions in Big Data, in particular, will continue to see growth as they are critical to increasing productivity and innovation – two important differentiators for nearly all companies today.”
– Dino Grigorakakis, Vice President, Randstad Technologies
Emerging Jobs 1. VR/AR Engineer
2. IoT Engineer
 Life Sciences
Hot Jobs 1. Medical Writer
2. Clinical Study Manager
3. Drug Safety Associate
4. Regulatory Manager
5. Clinical Research Associate
 “The talent shortage in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry will likely continue to rise in 2017 with the increased volume of clinical studies initiated in 2016. As a result, the industry will require qualified and experienced candidates to fill these open positions.”
– John M. Ebeid, Vice President, Randstad Life Sciences
Office and Administration
Hot Jobs 1. Customer Service Rep
2. Administrative Assistant
3. Receptionist
4. Executive Assistant
 “As office and administration roles evolve, these positions are starting to look more like middle management than support staff. The recession and advancements in technology have both contributed to the evolution, as more companies turn to a smaller team to take on more duties. As a result, competition can be high for some of the most popular jobs, so candidates that possess diverse skills such as project management, budgeting, marketing and training will have the upper hand.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Manufacturing and Logistics
Hot Jobs Direct Hire
1. Production Supervisor
2. Driver
3. Warehouse SupervisorTemp
4. Loader/Unloader
5. Assembler
6. General Production Worker
 “New technology, innovative production systems, a growing preference for American-made goods and a decline in offshoring are transforming U.S. manufacturing. There is an increased demand for technology-savvy workers to not only capitalize on the next industrial revolution, but to fill a critical void left behind by retiring workers. Job seekers with previous experience, higher education, technological know-how or training will have a competitive edge.”
– Greg Dyer, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs Direct Hire
1. Maintenance Mechanic
2. Machine OperatorTemp
3. Forklift Operator
4. Picker/Packer

About the Hot Jobs Report 
Every year, Randstad US publishes a summary of what some of the most in-demand jobs are across many fields and industries. Randstad’s list for 2017 includes jobs in engineeringfinance and accountinghuman resourcesinformation technologylife sciencesmanufacturing and logisticsnon-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Randstad collected this data from their team of expert recruiters, in combination with research pulled from a variety of current workforce trends, including number of qualified candidates and available positions, market growth, salary range and employer need for specific skillsets.

About Randstad
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $24.5 billion global provider of HR services. As one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

Employing 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and workforce solutions within the areas of engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, IT, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration and sales and marketing. Learn more at www.randstadusa.com and access Randstad’s panoramic U.S. thought leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of work.

 

Its a Jim Stroud Christmas! #merrychristmas

This Christmas Album, “Its a Jim Stroud Christmas” is a collection of Christmas songs performed by Jim Stroud as only he can sing them. This video is a retro TV commercial for this album that is not available in any store. Sing a long with Jim as he sings the classics loud, off key and at times, even forgets the words to popular Christmas songs. Yes folks, this musical tribute is fun for the whole family!

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