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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

At a time when the United States and the world is dealing with record job losses due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an expert in global Human Resources (HR) Technology and Human Capital Management (HCM) who also lost her job is launching the HR Tech Alliances Professional Networking Group “to help those job seekers in Partnership and Alliances roles at HR Tech companies work together to find their next job.”

Angie Brooks – an HR Tech and HCM Partnership and Alliances professional with over 20 years of experience – helps HR Tech companies grow their business and revenue by forming creative strategic partnerships to drive annual partner revenue through technical integrations and direct sales. The job search group is sponsored by HR Tech Alliances, a global platform for Alliances and Partnerships in the HR Tech/Service industry.

Prior to being laid off, Brooks served as the Director of Partnerships & Alliances at a job board, where she created and managed global alliances team and partnerships with job board and HCM technologies in more than 135 countries. She also launched a Global Operations division during her most recent job, procuring partnerships with job boards around the world.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global provider of background checks that offers innovative and award-winning screening technology – interviewed Brooks about the details of the HR Tech Alliances Professional Networking Group, the reasons why she created the group, the benefits of joining the group, and how job seekers can get involved with the group.

Question: Can you tell ESR about the HR Tech job search group?

Answer: The job search group is called the HR Tech Alliances Professional Networking Group and was created to help those job seekers in Partnership and Alliances roles at HR Tech companies work together to find their next job. Like many other industries, the HR Tech industry has also been hit hard by COVID-19 layoffs.

The group is open to anyone who has been laid off, furloughed, or anyone just looking for a new job within the HR Tech Alliances sector. Typical job titles for this group include those in Alliances and Partnerships, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Product Managers, and Executives overseeing Partnerships at HR Tech companies.

Question: Why did you create the HR Tech job search group?

Answer: When I was laid off from my job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I quickly realized that the only way I would find my new job would be to network with my connections within the HR Tech industry. However, as I started networking and talking with others, I quickly realized that thousands of us in the industry were also being laid off, so my networking job search quickly turned into creating a networking group where we can all meet (virtually), discuss, and help each other find our next jobs.

It is interesting that even though we are in HR Tech, most of the jobs in our niche are not found on traditional job boards… the best way to get hired into these companies is to network and know someone. 

With so many of us losing our jobs within this small niche in our industry, we are hopeful that these jobs will return as the pandemic eases and the economy improves. Since Alliances and Partnerships professionals perform their jobs by partnering up with others, we are pros at working together to find solutions and success, so what better way to work together to help each other find their next position! As I have been looking for my next opportunity, I see many jobs that are not a good fit for me, but may be more attractive to others within my network, so the HR Tech Alliances Professional Networking Group gives me the platform to share these jobs and info with others in the group. So, “crowdsourcing for jobs” within our niche in the industry.

Question: How may job seekers get involved with the HR Tech job search group?

Answer: Visit http://hrtechalliances.com/index.php?entryPoint=UserSignup to register for a free account.

Even though it is free to join, we do ask that every person volunteers a small portion of their time to help the group in some way. Volunteer options include sharing open jobs that others may be interested in, making networking introductions, updating our database of hiring HR Tech companies, and promoting the group to HR Tech companies who may be ready to start hiring for these Alliances and Partnership jobs again.

Question: Is the HR Tech job search group focused on the United States job market, the global job market, or both?

Answer: The group is international.

Question: Was the HR Tech job search group inspired by current job losses and/or the Coronavirus pandemic?

Answer: The pandemic is exactly why we created this group.

Question: What are the benefits of joining the HR Tech job search group?

Answer: The group is sponsored by HR Tech Alliances, and they have opened their database of over 50,000 HR Tech companies to our members, which includes information, background, and contacts for each company.

We distribute a weekly list of HR Tech companies who are actively hiring to our group members, and we also distribute a weekly listing of all job seekers / group members to interested HR Tech companies who are looking to hire, so it is a great way to get our group members in front of the right contacts at these companies.

And, since many of us within the group have worked together in partnership at various companies in our previous roles, we will grow our networks, which may turn into great partnerships for all of us when we find our next opportunities.

Question: How can job seekers learn more about the HR Tech job search group?

Answer: Job seekers can attend our “Job Search Networking Group – HR Tech/Service Pros” session during the HR Tech Alliances May Virtual Collaboration Zone on May 20, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. PST). We will discuss the group, how it works, how to register and join, and answer any questions you may have. To view details of this session and to register, visit: https://hrtechalliances.com/index.php?entryPoint=SessionDetails&SessionID=697a2373-98a4-03e2-cb7c-5eb36711442a&Event=366c4187-5f2d-4d2b-fb70-5e7bd099f22a.

The April 2020 jobs report revealed the U.S. economy lost 20.5 million jobs – the largest over-the-month decline in the history of the report – while the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent from 10.3 percent during the month, the largest over-the-month increase in the history of the jobs report series dating back to January 1948, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a potentially deadly respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. As of May 18, 2020, there are more than 4.7 million total global cases and more than 315,000 total global deaths, while the United States leads the world with more than 1.4 million total cases and more than 89,000 total deaths, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.

In 2016, ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick – who has more than 25 years of experience in workforce screening solutions and a proven passion for building relationships – accepted her nomination to become a member of the Advisory Board of HR Tech Alliances, a global HR portal designed to foster collaboration, strategic partnerships, and alliances in the HR Technology industry.

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