What a year it has been already. 2021 promised to be an uncertain, yet hopeful, time, and the Textkernel team have been hard at work on improving our products and services. Read more below on the latest product updates and enhancements released between January 2021 and July 2021:
We now infer candidate experience level from parsing a CV/Resume or job description. This new metadata boosts the accuracy of matches between people and jobs. It also provides an additional insight dimension on which you can analyze your talent data.
For talent profiles, the level is inferred for the current field of work, which is represented on the Textkernel Professions Taxonomy. The addition of the new fields requires a re-configuration of your data model. If you would like your Extract and/or Search & Match account to be upgraded with Experience Levels, please contact your account manager.
Experience levels will also be added to Jobfeed later this year, so that you can analyze demand on this additional dimension in up to 10 countries.
Example of a Match query containing experience level
Professions & Skills
Create a more comprehensive talent inventory by normalizing not only your skills, but also your job titles, against a standard taxonomy. The professions taxonomy was already available in Extract! and Jobfeed. Now you can also send your job titles to Textkernel’s new Professions API and get normalized titles back from the Textkernel, O*NET or ISCO standards. The API also provides semantic autocompletions which you can use to build taxonomy-based profiles with a recruiter, candidate or employee in the loop.
Example input and output of job title classification using the Professions API
Profession and Skill classifications are valuable tools to understand the connection between professions and skills. For example, if you are interested in recommending alternative career paths to candidates. For this reason, we are developing an API from which you can retrieve those associations. Stay tuned for more news on this front.
The new Professions API also comes with more accurate classification of job titles by leveraging new AI technologies that better capture the meaning of a job title. This improvement will also be rolled out to Jobfeed, Extract! and Search & Match! in the coming months.
New UX for Jobfeed and External Candidate Search
As part of our ongoing initiative to improve User Experience, we have been working on upgrading Jobfeed and External Candidate Search.
The new User Experience for Jobfeed makes it more convenient to find job leads. Jobfeed Insights are also being upgraded and the first new insights are already available. The new UX is currently in beta and is available to all users of the Jobfeed Portal.
The new Jobfeed Insights for organizations
The new External Search UX enables you to search for candidates across multiple sources from within your ATS/CRM. You can fine-tune the query for each individual source, and you can receive notifications of new candidates that match your search criteria.
The new UX is currently in beta and covers US & UK sources. It is also available standalone, without Search & Match. If you would like to try it or provide early feedback, please contact your account manager.
The new External Search UI (with mock data)
Jobfeed Data Enhancements
To identify more staffing agencies in Jobfeed, we’ve developed a new multi-step Deep Learning AI system which results in much better accuracy and data consistency. In August, we’ll share a closer look at the R&D effort that went into initiative. Several other fields were improved, in particular location data. And to further improve the coverage of company websites, we’ve added over 350,000 sites to the spider since the beginning of 2021, across the 10 countries covered by Jobfeed.
Parsing and Skills Enhancements
We are continuously improving our taxonomies to recognize more titles and skills and improve classification. Since the beginning of this year we have added over 220 new skills, and over 7,500 synonyms across 6 languages. The professions taxonomy has been enriched with over 40 new professions and 1,400 new synonyms.
We’re seeing increasing amounts of “creative” CVs/Resumes that are challenging to parse well due to their structure. Currently we are working on improving parsing of documents that contain sidebars.
Salesforce Integration Toolkit
Our new toolkit for Salesforce enables you to quickly integrate Textkernel into Salesforce. The integration framework implements the core integration features, so that you can easily configure the integration, but you don’t need to write and maintain code to integrate with Textkernel APIs. This allows you to focus your energy on the Salesforce workflow customizations.
Our App has passed Salesforce’s rigorous Security Review, giving you confidence in the integration security. Currently the integration supports these products: CV/Resume Parsing (for recruiters), Search & Match and Jobfeed. For more details, please visit our marketplace listing on the Salesforce AppExchange.
Additional UI Integration options using OpenID Connect
Through the Textkernel Portal, you can embed the Search & Match UI and the Jobfeed UI within your own application. We’ve launched support for OpenID Connect for Single Sign-On, which provides a quick and easy way to automatically sign in your users to the Textkernel applications.
Data Security Re-Assessment
Being ISO 207001 certified is not a one-and-done exercise. We recently were re-assessed during a planned surveillance audit to ensure that our high standards hadn’t dropped, and we are proud to announce that we passed! Not sure what this is all about? Our CTO and Security Officer explain it all in this short video.
Interested in more details about our releases? Please visit our Release Notes pages.
Amsterdam/San Diego, July 14, 2021 – Textkernel, specialists in machine intelligence for matching people and jobs, and Tracker, a leading provider of cloud-based Recruitment, Applicant Tracking and CRM software, announce a new partnership allowing Tracker clients to place more of their sourced candidates and optimize the staffing cycle.
AI-Powered Parsing and Matching available in Tracker
Available now in Tracker, Textkernel’s high accuracy Resume and Job parsing creates the structured candidate and job records. This allows recruitment agencies to understand the talent in their database, and forms the foundation of effective and relevant matches between candidates and jobs.
Meanwhile, Textkernel’s Match technology allows recruiters to quickly match their candidates against potential future roles in Jobfeed, the largest searchable job database for lead generation, saving recruiters time and maximizing their efforts to win more business.
“The partnership between Textkernel and Tracker is an exciting opportunity to bring our AI-powered parsing and matching technology along with our Jobfeed Big Data tool to even more staffing and recruiting professionals across the globe. In this high-pressure industry speed and maximizing effort is essential, and we have no doubt Tracker clients will find value in our AI-powered matching and Jobfeed database.” – Philip Van Leeuwen, Director of Global Partnerships, Textkernel
“With 12 years of experience helping staffing and recruiting firms build better relationships, processes, and revenue, Tracker is continually on the lookout for partners that will complement our recruitment software with best-in-class integrations and technology solutions. We’ve recently chosen to partner with Textkernel for their integrated resume and structured data parsing. Textkernel’s Extract! provides our customers with the highest-quality multilingual parsing solution currently on the market.
We have also made the exciting decision to integrate with Textkernel’s labor market intelligence, as Textkernel offers superior vacancy coverage to ensure that our customers do not miss any potential postings. From our customers, we know that this is key for both business development purposes, but also for local market intelligence purposes.” – Andy Jones, co-founder, Tracker
To learn more about the benefits of this integration, contact us.
by Ton Sluiter, Product Manager, Textkernel
Every day more than a million new vacancies from thousands of different websites in 10 different countries are added to Jobfeed. These vacancies are parsed into more than 50 variables such as job title, location, organization, contract type, job description, employer description etc.
This information is further enriched due to the use of Textkernel’s AI models with more than 30 variables such as normalized profession, type of industry, organization size, normalized skills, region etc.
All this information is available in Jobfeed, and through the portal interface, users can easily analyze key market trends. However, as a portal user, your ability to do detailed research is limited because much of the data is aggregated for ease of use.
This is where the Jobfeed API comes in
By using Jobfeed’s API you can tap into an infinite source of data with all enriched individual vacancies and job postings. A true “candy store” for every business analyst or data scientist in the staffing industry, or labor market researchers at government agencies, research institutes or universities.
In my previous job at USG People, the second largest staffing agency in the Netherlands, we have been using Jobfeed’s API for several studies. Here are a few examples.
Sales and Account Management wanted to have an overview of the accounts of the main competitors. And, as more and more staffing agencies publish the name of their clients in the vacancies, this information is also available in Jobfeed.
By extracting the data from the Jobfeed API we could analyze our position per account compared, as well as per function against our competitors. Account Management used this information in meet-ups with clients, and the insights were also helpful in the tender process at prospects.
Terms of employment
As part of a project to improve the content of vacancies we wanted to research the development of some typical conditions and benefits like education/upskilling offers and pension schemes. In the Jobfeed API the full text of a vacancy is available as well as sections like the job description and the conditions and benefits of a job. Thus we were able to extract this information combined with profession, publication date, organization, industry and more to do deeper analysis.
With all this data we were able to study the evolution over time of specific conditions and benefits. The insights provided us with very useful information on what to put in a specific vacancy to attract applicants.
Labor market insights
Customers asked our consultants to give them insights into the local labor market conditions. By combining internal data such as applications per vacancy, number of placements and salary levels, external data from available sources on outflow from education, unemployment per occupations, and data from the Jobfeed API on development of vacancies, we were able to create an internal dashboard that easily surfaced insights on the difficulty to attract applicants per function.
When we look at our internal data we see labor market development mixed with the choices that our organization made. To perform a benchmark and add contextual information you require data that looks further. Jobfeed does exactly that and the API enables the combination of both the internal and external view. An interesting base for data analysts to explore further.
– Riecold Veldkamp, Lead Solution Engineer IT Strategy & Digital Office, USG People
Matching on external vacancies for lead generation
As in many staffing agencies, USG People receives more applicants than can be placed. Most of these applicants have very useful skills and educations, and because they applied we could suggest other jobs that matched their candidate profile. In the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) we were able to match high quality applicants to external vacancies of direct employers that were still open after much time, indicating the role was difficult to fill and that the prospect would likely be interested in your matching candidates.
Because the Jobfeed API also provides the contact details such as the name, phone number and email address it is easy to reach out and present a perfect match. A win-win-win for the applicant, employer and staffing agency.
For us, the Jobfeed API was a holistic tool that delivered value in many different areas. From providing labor market insight that allowed our consultant to deliver strategic value to customers, through to lead generation that allowed us to place more of our sourced candidates.
For further information on how the Jobfeed API can deliver value for your business you can get in touch with our sales team.
The new Jobfeed experience is live through a public beta for our customers! While still under development, customers with access can try out the new layout and design as a preview of upcoming developments. To access the new UI, simply log into Jobfeed as normal and select “Try the new Jobfeed” in the upper left corner of the portal.
You can return to the old, familiar design at any time. The Jobfeed team will continue adding more functionality in the coming months, constantly bearing your valuable feedback in mind. Once complete, the the new design will become the default portal interface.
We’d love to hear from you
There is a feedback button to the right of your screen where you will be presented with a short survey. Please let us know how you experience the new design!
We’ve made many improvements to the design and usability, but rather than detailing them here we’d encourage you to log into the portal and try them out! Not a Jobfeed customer yet? Get in touch and our sales team will arrange a personalized demo.
Can I use Jobfeed in my usual language?
This preview is only available in English for now. All other languages will be made available before the new design will become the default.
Amsterdam/London, December, 09, 2020 – Textkernel, specialists in machine intelligence for matching people and jobs, and CloudCall, experts in making business communications easier, quicker and more powerful, announce a new partnership allowing staffing professionals to save time by finding and connecting with top talent quicker than ever before in Bullhorn.
Empower recruiter workflows with intelligent automation to save time and connect people and jobs
Textkernel’s advanced semantic search, sourcing and matching technology, integrated directly in Bullhorn allows staffing professionals to create a match based on either a job description or resume with a single click, identifying and shortlisting top candidates from your Bullhorn database or external sources. Once you’ve created your shortlist, candidates can be easily sent to Cloudcall through Bullhorn’s tearsheet functionality to help connect more efficiently. This can be done either through CloudCall’s PowerDialier, which automates phone outreach to clients and updates Bullhorn records once connected; or through Broadcast SMS, which sends a personalized message with important details to all candidates in the tearsheet.
“Whatever the market conditions, recruiters know that finding and connecting with top talent faster than the competition is key to winning business and keeping both candidates and clients happy. This partnership between Textkernel and CloudCall, seamlessly integrated into Bullhorn, offers another way recruiters can save time through automated workflows, allowing them to focus more effort on the human side of recruiting.” – Philip Van Leeuwen, Director of Global Partnerships, Textkernel
“Textkernel and CloudCall solutions already provide a huge number of benefits to our customers. By using both technologies together, Bullhorn are continually empowered to work more efficiently and productively, with enhanced capabilities. We are delighted to work alongside the excellent team at TextKernel.” Daniel Fox, Channel Marketing Director at CloudCall
To learn more about the benefits of this seamless integration, contact us.
Amsterdam/San Francisco, December, 3, 2020 – Textkernel, specialists in machine intelligence for matching people and jobs, and Mya Systems, experts in automating candidate engagement and communications at scale, announce a new partnership allowing staffing professionals to find top talent and recruit faster using cutting-edge AI technology.
Save recruiters time by finding the best talent fast and instantly engaging and converting the most qualified leads
Textkernel’s advanced semantic search, sourcing and matching technology, integrated directly in Bullhorn, allows staffing professionals to create a match based on either a job description or resume with a single click, identifying and shortlisting top candidates from your Bullhorn database or external sources. Once you’ve identified your talent, they can be seamlessly added to a Mya Outreach campaign. Here Mya’s intelligent conversational AI automates candidate outreach and engages directly with candidates to screen and schedule interviews at a convenient time and location – saving recruiters valuable time and ensuring an unparalleled recruiter and candidate experience.
“We’re really excited by the value our new partnership with Mya will deliver to Bullhorn clients. Both companies understand how intelligent automation can save recruiters significant time and enhance their workflow for speed and scale. By allowing technology to handle the more administrative elements of their job, recruiters will have more time to focus on the areas where a human touch is vital.” – Philip Van Leeuwen, Director of Global Partnerships, Textkernel
“The integration between Mya and Textkernel marks an exciting opportunity to deliver even more value to Bullhorn customers. Combining the power of Textkernel’s powerful candidate search and match capabilities with Mya’s groundbreaking conversational AI to automate candidate outreach at scale, both seamlessly integrated into the Bullhorn platform, will deliver significant efficiencies for our staffing clients. Through this exciting new partnership, this game-changing, fully integrated solution offers our Bullhorn customers a truly automated recruitment experience.” – Mike Pauletich, VP of Global Alliances & Partnerships, Mya Systems
To learn more about the benefits of this seamless integration, contact us.
- Location: Online
- Date: 5 November 2020
Embracing online events – Textkernel Platinum sponsor at EngageX Europe!
With the 2020 events calendar turned on its head, Bullhorn EngageX Europe promises to bring you everything you love about the Engage series of staffing conferences in an immersive online format.
Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Our CEO, Gerard Mulder, will host a roundtable on how Understanding supply and demand of Skills is the next big opportunity for Staffing.
- You’ll hear a testimonial from one of our happy customers during the Marketplace showdown
- And of course, our team will be available to meet and discuss today’s challenging times in staffing or answer any questions you might have.
So whether you’re looking to improve your workflow and boost recruiter efficiency, struggling to find business opportunities in today’s economic downturn, or having trouble placing all your candidates our AI-powered solutions can help your business not just survive 2020, but thrive!
Discover the full Textkernel offering in Bullhorn, or learn more about our partnerships with out marketplace partners:
Amsterdam, September 29th, 2020
Textkernel announces a change in the ownership of the company, as CareerBuilder sells its ownership in the company to the Dutch investment firm, Main Capital Partners. CareerBuilder and Textkernel will continue to work together, and have agreed upon a longer term partnership plan and license agreement.
Main Capital Partners is a strategic investor in the software industry based in The Netherlands. With a strong focus on accelerating growth and generating business value in a diverse network of SaaS organizations across the Benelux, DACH and the Nordics, Main Capital Partners is an ideal partner to support Textkernel’s future growth strategy.
Over the course of its 20-year history, Textkernel has focused its efforts on building best-in-class document parsing as well as semantic search and match product offerings. By developing technology that returns highly accurate results, Textkernel has gained a strong competitive position within its market.
Textkernel has a significant customer base of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms that put Textkernel’s AI at the core of their operational processes to increase efficiencies that deliver customer and shareholder value.
In recent years, Textkernel’s offering has become more interesting and relevant for the Corporate HR market that is looking to create business value by better operationalizing their talent acquisition, as well as enabling competitive advantage through better insights for talent management practices.
Collaboration Textkernel and Main
- Current management team Gerard Mulder (CEO) and Guus Meijer (COO) will stay onboard and will remain shareholders of Textkernel.
- Together, Textkernel and Main will focus on autonomous growth and further development of the technology platform required to execute on its ambitious growth plans in the coming period.
- In addition, the combination will pursue a selective strategy for smart acquisitions in the broader HR software space.
Gerard Mulder, CEO at Textkernel: “We are delighted to have the support of Main Capital Partners to drive our ambitious expansion plans for the future. Despite the challenging economic context, we see ample runway for growth across diverse customer segments and geographies. Having Main Capital as a strategic investment partner allows us to benefit from their deep expertise and diverse SaaS network. We look forward to delivering on our vision as an AI provider for business leaders seeking innovative solutions to solve their most pressing talent acquisition and management challenges.”
Pieter van Bodegraven, Partner at Main Capital Partners: “Strong potential is visible in this particular part of the HR software market. We have known the management team of Textkernel for many years and are pleased with the opportunity to collaborate. We are impressed by the fact that the company is able to realize autonomous growth in a profitable way, while expanding internationally at the same time.”
Textkernel works with over 1,000 HR and staffing organizations worldwide to bring the latest in artificial intelligence technology to our customers’ fingertips. We work with large, global companies across multiple industries to deliver multilingual parsing, semantic search and match, and labor market intelligence solutions.
About Main Capital Partners
Main Capital is a strategic investor with an exclusive focus on the software sector in the Benelux, DACH and Nordics. Main has a long term horizon around successful partnerships with management teams, with the aim of building larger software groups together. Main has approximately € 1 billion in assets under management for investments in mature and growing software companies.
Main Capital’s current portfolio includes fast-growing software and SaaS software companies such as Exxellence, WoodWing, Alfa, Optimizers, Assessio, GBTEC, Onventis, HYPE Innovation, cleversoft, Enovation, SDB Group, Jobrouter, GOconnectIT, Inergy, KING Software, Artegic, OBI4wan, b+m Informatik, ChainPoint, Sofon and RVC. Successful former companies that have grown significantly under Main’s leadership: Connexys (HR software), Roxit (government software), Axxerion (facility management software), Ymor (APM software), Onguard (credit management software) and TPSC (healthcare GRC software).
For more information, please contact:
Charly Zwemstra (Managing Partner)
Main Capital Partners B.V., Paleisstraat 6, 2514 JA, Den Haag
Tel: +31 (0) 70 324 3433 / +31 (0) 6 5127 7805
Gerard Mulder (CEO)
Nieuwendammerkade 26A-5, 1022 AB Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 494 2496