Roundup: beqom Adds Performance Features; Job Openings Are Down in the U.S.

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beqom released beqom Performance Pro, a suite of AI-powered features designed to enhance performance by supporting intelligent goal-setting, guided feedback and data-driven performance reviews. The solutions include Goal Genius, a product that uses generative AI to help employees set meaningful, individualized goals that align with company objectives by using contextual data within the beqom Continuous Performance Management solution.

U.S. employers said job openings in July stood at a seasonally adjusted 8.8 million, a decline of 338,000 from June. Although that was the lowest level since March 2021, The Wall Street Journal noted it was still well above pre-pandemic levels and the 5.8 million unemployed people in July.

Gem Software and Rippling announced an integration between their products. Rippling’s ATS, Recruiting, and Gem’s CRM will use data and automation to better engage talent, develop candidate pipelines, and connect and automate the complete hiring process.

RChilli launched RCR, or RChilli Candidate Recharge, which the company positions as a new way of reprocessing candidate data in an ATS. RCR is intended to address challenges with data migration including inconsistencies and inaccuracies in candidate information. RCR updates candidate data including contact details, employment history, job titles, educational background and current employer.

The applicant tracking system market size is expected to increase by $745 million from 2022 to 2027, a CAGR of 5.69%. According to Technavio, the growth stems from the increasing adoption of cloud-based ATS’s and the digital transformation of HR departments within organizations. However, the market is experiencing challenges including the ability to assess the long-term quality of applicants and the limited breadth of search scope because of key word searches, the company said.

HR tech startup Confirm announced a $6.2 million Series A investment round, bringing its total investment to $11.4 million. The round was led by Spero Ventures with participation from SHRMLabs, Elefund, Gaingels, Black Angel Group and some existing customers.

SmartRecruiters appointed Rebecca Carr as its new chief product officer. Carr rejoins SmartRecruiters from Checkr, where she served as vice president of Checkr Pay.

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Oyster Adds Chatbot to Aid in Hiring, Compliance

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