Previous Article Next Article Giving HR what it was crying out forOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A new web site claims to offer a completely automated, Internet-based recruitment system, and its creators are bullish about what it can do for the status of the profession.Activerecruiter.com, developed by Job Partners, may at first appear little more than a well-rounded administrative support site for HR managers, but closer inspection reveals that it could save time, money and dramatically reduce admin associated with recruitment. “With ActiveRecruiter.com, companies have a single point of access and control for all their recruitment activities and can conduct quantifiable and accountable campaigns – the accepted norm in sales and marketing campaigns,” claims Patrice Barbedette, CEO and co- founder with Julian Kulkarni.Both worked for the SAS Institute where they developed customer relationship management software. “We did our own research and found that HR was crying out for customer relationship management for employees,” says Kulkarni. He believes that the accountability and exposure it offers HR managers will improve the standing of HR in a company. “HR staff will be able to show people what they do; it will give them more credibility.”Activerecruiter.com works like this: a line manager logs on to his or her company’s own customised area in the site and posts a request for staff to the HR manager. It could then be discussed with other relevant managers, the position defined and a candidate profile agreed. The HR manager sends the job to the media channels of their choice: press, on-line or off-line recruitment company, corporate web site or university. (The client still pays the media or recruitment company direct.) Responses are screened, scored and ranked, and a shortlist of candidates come up with more quickly than with a traditional recruitment campaign.If the HR manager chooses an on-line recruitment company as one of the channels, the first screened CVs could be sent to their desktop later the same day. It costs £200 per “campaign”, which translates as £200 for each profile generated.Users to date include Corporate Information Partners (CIP), an international finance and HR consultancy, as well as HR consultancy Elgin Scott. Jesper Volk, CEO of CIP, has used the service to hire 21 staff since he set up the company 14 months ago. The advantages he cites are time savings and the fact that he can now scour the globe for suitable candidates and therefore widen his search for the staff who are in short supply. Volk confirms that in terms of finding candidates with the right profile and company “fit” it has been highly accurate and he plans to further use the service to grow his company of 25 to between 80 and 100 in the next nine to 12 months.The service is available in France, Germany and the Netherlands and the company plans to expand worldwide later this year. To try out the site go to www.activerecruiter.com and select the “Take a Look” option. We will be testing the site in a future issue with the help of an HR manager.
Governor Jim Douglas announced today that the Department of Public Service (DPS) will award $2.57 million from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) for renewable energy projects throughout the state. The goal of the CEDF is to increase the development and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and renewable energy generation. I am pleased to announce $2.57 million in grant awards for the development of clean, renewable energy in Vermont, said Governor JimDouglas. As we continue to work hard with our federal partners and energy stakeholders across the state, we have a tremendous opportunity to create greater energy independence for Vermonters. These awards will help us continue to expand our efficiency and renewable energy efforts from funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Governor said.DPS received 39 proposals seeking $5.3 million in funding, in response to the CEDF grant solicitation issued in January. Applicants submitted proposals for projects in the following categories: Pre-Project Financial Assistance, Small-Scale Systems, Large-Scale Systems, and Special Demonstration Projects. There was a maximum grant award of $100,000 for Pre-Project Financial Assistance, $60,000 for Small-Scale Systems, and $250,000 for all other projects. The following projects were selected for grant awards:Pre-Project Financial Assistance:Biomass-Fueled Combined Heat & Power Project with District Energy Heating System in Brattleboro, Town of Brattleboro: $20,000Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project, Georgia Mountain Community Wind, LLC: $75,123Troy Hydroelectric License and Feasibility Study Project, Jonathan & Jayne Chase: $48,375Montpelier Community Energy System, City of Montpelier: $75,000Bolton Wind Power Project, Green Mountain Clean Energy, LLC: $82,700Vermont Pellet Works Biomass Cogeneration Feasibility Study, Vermont Biomass Energy Corporation: 25,000Rutland Wastewater Treatment Facility Digester Co-Generation Project, Rutland Redevelopment Authority: 25,000Sunrise Village Northwind 100 Project, Sunrise Homeowner s Association: $25,000Large-Scale Systems:Camel s Hump Middle School Solar Photovoltaic Project, Mt. Mansfield Union School District: $250,000St. Francis Xavier School Proposal for Photovoltaic Power System, St. Francis Xavier School: $250,000Monument Farms Anaerobic Digester, Monument Farms: $250,000Shore Acres Farm Pole Mount Photovoltaic System, Shore Acres Farm: $20,000Tracking System for Net Zero Building at The Putney School, The Putney School: $221,000Rock of Ages Wind Turbine Replacement, Northern Power Systems: $130,000Heritage Aviation Solar Photovoltaic System, Heritage Aviation: $20,000Shelburne Farms Solar Photovoltaic Project, Shelburne Farms: $250,000Joneslan Farms Small Digester, Brian & Steve Jones: $250,000GWR Engineering Photovoltaic Colony, Bill & Karen Root: $31,920Williams Hill Community Renewable Energy Project, Peter Schneider & Jessica Donavan: $33,250Barrett Green Business Building Solar Photovoltaic Installation, Barrett Enterprises: $32,760Special Demonstration Projects:Riverside Industrial Center Biomass Cogeneration, Economic Development Group, Inc.: $250,000Carbon Harvest Energy Randolph Landfill Gas-to-Combined Heat & Power with Agricultural Integrations, Carbon Harvest Energy, LLC: $200,000 This is an exciting time for renewable energy development in our state, said Robert Dostis, Vice-Chair of the CEDF Investment Committee. The Clean Energy Development Fund continues to provide Vermonters with the opportunity to undertake smaller, locally owned renewable energy projects that are uniquely Vermont, he said.The CEDF was established in 2005 through ACT 74 and is currently funded through proceeds to the state from Entergy. Additional information on the CEDF, including grant solicitation RFPs, the CEDF loan application, and the CEDF municipal technical assistance application, is available in the on the DPS website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html(link is external).