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TalentWise Launches TalentShield and Integrates it with Taleo's Talent Exchange

TalentWise Launches TalentShield and Integrates it with Taleo's Talent Exchange

TalentShield is the first résumé verification service integrated with a career management site

Bothell, Wash., July 11, 2011—Today TalentWise, a leading Hiring Process Management (HPM) solutions provider, announces the launch of TalentShield, a résumé verification service that allows job seekers to certify résumés online and promote them to recruiters and potential employers. TalentShield is integrated with Taleo’s Talent Exchange solution, making it the first résumé verification service visible within a career management site.

A recent Harris Interactive survey commissioned by TalentWise found that over half (54%) of respondents say that at least 50% of job seekers misrepresent something on their résumé, and more than a third of respondents believe that misrepresenting information on a résumé can be extremely beneficial for a job seeker. The Harris Interactive survey also found that the majority of Americans (62%) said they would pay for a résumé verification service to give themselves a competitive edge in today’s job market.

TalentShield was developed to benefit job candidates, recruiters, employers, and select career management sites by verifying the accuracy of a résumé, and ultimately providing a trusted third-party seal of approval. 

Benefit to Job Seekers

With TalentShield, job seekers obtain a third-party certification of their education history, employment history, and professional licenses. They can promote their certified résumés to recruiters and employers by linking their TalentShield certified credentials to their Universal Profile on Taleo’s Talent Exchange. In addition, job seekers can share certified credentials on their social networking profiles, including LinkedIn, and with a QR code designed for mobile devices.

With TalentShield, job seekers:

  • Identify and resolve discrepancies on their resumes before a prospective employer runs a background check
  • Gain a competitive advantage over other job seekers in a crowded job market
  • Extend their reach to more  recruiters and employers through TalentShield’s select network of partners, including the Taleo Talent Exchange

Benefit to Recruiters and Employers

Recruiters and employers squander considerable time and money recruiting and interviewing candidates who ultimately fail an employment background check after a conditional job offer has been made. They also spend additional time and money re-verifying static portions of résumés such as education and employment history. With an estimated 18 million job seekers pursuing a limited number of jobs, TalentShield offers an efficient method to deliver pre-screened résumés to recruiters.

With TalentShield, recruiters and employers:

  • Reduce time to hire by focusing recruiting efforts on pre-certified candidates
  • Lower placement and hiring cost by eliminating portions of the employment background check that have already been verified by TalentShield
  • Gain confidence knowing that TalentShield is powered by TalentWise, an established and trusted provider of pre-employment background screening 

Benefit to Career Management Sites

Through its select network of partners, TalentShield enables career management sites to differentiate themselves from their competition.

With TalentShield, career management sites:

  • Become a trusted source of pre-certified job candidates, thereby attracting more mindshare from recruiters
  • Create a new revenue stream through TalentShield revenue share opportunities
  • Integrate TalentShield quickly and seamlessly leveraging TalentShield’s flexible API

“The job market is more competitive than ever,” said Todd Owens, COO of TalentWise. “Job seekers are hungry for new ways to get their résumés to the top of the pile, while recruiters want more efficiency and confidence in their recruiting efforts. TalentShield solves both challenges simultaneously. Having a partner like Taleo that can promote TalentShield certified résumés on the Talent Exchange in a seamless manner is a great way for job seekers to get noticed and recruiters to feel confident about candidates’ credentials.”

TalentShield is available to job candidates in three package options: Entry Level ($14.95), Mid Level ($29.95), and Management Level ($49.95). With each package, candidates have the opportunity to add additional services; future products will include options such as criminal and sex offender background checks.

TalentWise expects to announce TalentShield partnerships with other leading career management sites, job boards, and other online communities in the coming weeks. For more information about TalentShield, please visit www.talentshield.com. For more information about TalentWise and its other HPM solutions, please visit www.talentwise.com.

For more information about Taleo and its Talent Exchange, please visit www.taleo.com.