Jun 29, 2017

Doing away with CVs and those horrendous on-line applications

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Interminably long on-line job applications are a horror for job-seekers. But it's not much better for hiring managers, who can only guess they are culling out the best job candidates.

Hirevue, Utah-based firm, has developed a machine-learning algorithm to appraise applications done by video. The system grades the applicants according to their suitability for the job, as set out by the hiring company. Human hiring managers can do the rest. "It allows hiring managers to not just randomly throw people out. You can spend time in ways uniquely human, rather than looking at resumes all day," said Lindsay Zuloaga, a data scientist with Hirevue.

As such systems improve, AI can take over more of the hiring process. Unilever, for example, is using online games and videos to weed out applicants before its human hiring people take a look at them. "It would be very cool if algorithm could get better and better at assessing people, and could hire someone," Zuloaga tells Axios."[A]n algorithm could say, 'This person is your best bet. They're going to stick around awhile,'" she said.

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Acting Navy secretary resigns over handling of virus-infected ship

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after apologizing for comments he made about Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed after a letter he wrote pleading with the Navy to address the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was leaked to the press. The resignation was first reported by Politico.

Why it matters: The controversy over Crozier's removal was exacerbated after audio leaked of Modly's address to the crew, in which he said Crozier was either "too naive or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this." After initially backing Modly's decision, President Trump said at a briefing Monday that he would "get involved."

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Pelosi calls for removal of acting Navy secretary

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for the firing or resignation of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, following his decision to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier from his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week.

Why it matters: Pelosi said Modly "showed a serious lack of the sound judgment and strong leadership" in firing Crozier, who wrote a letter pleading for help in battling a coronavirus outbreak onboard the ship. The letter was leaked to the press, leading to Crozier's ouster.