How Companies are Utilizing AI in the Hiring Process

In the last decade or so, the world around us has made tremendous leaps in the world of technology. We are capable of doing what was once considered to be unimaginable thanks to new innovations in the world of tech and one of the main innovations that have been made in the creation of AI. AI, or artificial intelligence, has managed to become an integral part of many aspects of everyday life. Artificial intelligence is absolutely everywhere, from your smartphone device to your vehicle, and now even within the hiring process.

 

Companies out there have put together new software that allows AI to help vet any potential candidates so that employers don’t have to, but how are they utilized?

 

Background checks

 

Arguably one of the most tedious parts of beginning the hiring process is completing background checks on potential candidates. This can be a time-consuming process as you have to complete all of the steps yourself and it can be easy for people to lie about their past credentials. Most employers simply don’t have time to do this, especially when they have several applications at a time.  Because of this, a lot of the time things get missed and people with dishonest aspects of their applications end up being employed, which is another mess in itself.

 

This is why AI has been introduced into the process in recent years. AI is simply capable of completing a comprehensive employment background check in a number of seconds. All you need to do is input any necessary data, such as previous employers or qualifications, and the AI will fact check this with information available online or through available databases. This process could take a person’s days to complete, so by using AI, companies are saving valuable time.

 

Online profiles

 

Because we live in such a technologically dependent age, it is almost impossible to exist without an online presence. How we present ourselves online is often reflective of who we are as a person and is a great indication of how we would behave in professional environments and the quality of our work ethic. People are aware of this and go to certain measures in order to hide their online Identities. Because of this, if the average employer was to search for the name of a potential employee, they may completely miss any existing online profiles. However, using AI makes it easier to bypass this issue. AI is able to look further than the average person using Google and can pick up tags and names to find even the most hidden online profiles dating back years. This means that within minutes, you could have a full account of what potential employees may post online and can get a better idea of what kind of person they are, away from the interview environment. This means that you won’t employ someone who may have controversial profiles that may damage your business’ reputation.

 

General CV checks

 

The main difference between AI and humans is how easily humans can make or miss mistakes. This means that when a human employer is looking through the applications of potential employees, they may miss mistakes. Mistakes are a big indication that someone may be careless or lack dedication for the job, so if you miss these mistakes you may employ someone who doesn’t quite cut it. AI is able to pick any mistakes up almost instantly and will point out any errors within the application so that you don’t have to. Having an AI check for these things also saves a lot of time overall and means that the hiring process can happen a lot faster.

Future Homes: Are Digital Locks Safer Than Conventional Ones?

Security is one of the most prominent concerns amongst homeowners all over Australia. No matter where we move to, no matter how secluded or how friendly the neighborhood appears to be, it’s probably a good idea to ensure you, your personal belongings, your family or friends and your home itself are well protected. So, how can you do that? Well thanks to our progressive societal influence, there are tonnes of ways to keep you and your home safe and secure. One of the most important aspects of home security (aside from the old trusty burglar alarm), is ensuring all the potential access points to your home is safely and securely locked uptight.

If you look online, you will see a seemingly infinitesimally large selection of potential locks for your doors, windows, and any other place you can think of. Locks have been an integral part of home security for centuries and therefore, they have undergone a multitude of changes over the years. If you’re looking for more information on all things locked, why not check out Locksmith Central Coast for all your lock-related security needs – all with a wonderful Australian flare.

Over the last couple of decades, however, there has even been a rise in a new more technologically advanced type of lock – the digital lock. No more fiddly keys or having to worry about burglars armed with a few safety pins, digital locks offered up something new, something safer. But do they really? We’re going to explore whether digital locks truly do offer up a more full-proof solution to home security or if they’re just an experimental phase trying to improve upon a largely successful, more traditional security measure.

 

So, What is Better?

Well, unfortunately, that isn’t such a simple question to answer. There are in fact a number of standard door lock problems that people should make sure to keep an eye out for if they’re wanting to maximize their security. But if you’re wanting to make sure that you haven’t picked a faulty lock, it’s probably best to make sure the performance of the lock isn’t being affected by any of those issues first. The first step to finding out which lock is better for you is by doing some online research.

Traditional locks involve a relatively simple, yet often very effective mechanism to ensure your doors aren’t easy to access unannounced. There are a few different security levels on your locks that are beneficial for you to understand. These levels may be different depending on the type of lock, but they often come in three levels. One is the most secure and three is pretty much the least (but still secure), which can also increase or reduce the price. For the lock on your front door, you will probably be best getting a level one lock that can withstand daily usage, however with something like a bathroom lock, a level three would do the trick as it would be used less.

Smart locks are often packaged as high-tech ultra-safe solutions to security, but that isn’t always the case. Many times, most smart locks incorporate the traditional lock mechanism for its security measure and the ‘smart’ aspect mainly comes with how it can incorporate and interact with the rest of your ‘smart’ home. Some smart locks can even let you operate your locks remotely using your smartphone. But unfortunately, smart solutions can also create smart problems. With the technological component of your smart lock, you may not just be at risk of tampering with the internal locking mechanism, but also of hackers attempting to breach the security of the software required to connect your phone and your lock.

 

Digital Money: How The Internet Changed the World of Finance

The internet has been arguably the most revolutionary invention of the modern era. I use invention loosely here, as it was really the World Wide Web that was invented, from which the internet as we know it today spawned. The internet has also been disruptive however in a certain way, as it has resulted in absolutely huge paradigm shifts. These shifts have occurred most notable in the world of entertainment, with the changes to the way people listen to music and watch films and shows being huge; the world of consumerism, with the way people shop and sell items transforming in a way that has been very beneficial to the industry of economics; and the world of communication, in which we as humans socialize in a way that would be unrecognizable to somebody born a century ago. However, one sector of industry the internet has really, truly transformed, is that of finance.

 

Information as Money – Before the Internet

 

The wide availability of information online is undoubtedly the biggest cause of the benefits that have come with investing in the past two decades, especially for low-stock investors. Prior to the invention of the web, the investor’s best bet was to get his info from the nearest library, specifically info which refers to financial literature. This would include the ways in which research companies operate when it comes to stocks.

The second-best option for the man of the pre-internet world was to directly contact a research company themselves for the newest financial report, and this would certainly be costly. This was because the postage of financial reports, which are huge in size, would be very expensive. It would also prove costly in time, as the soon-to-be investor would have to wait for the report, which to reiterate would be massive in size, to be printed and sent by the relation department before it could be posted to him as an individual.

 

Information as Money – Today

 

Now, however, a soon to be investor can simply look at a company report, thousands of which are readily available online on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website. They are usually posted there almost immediately after they are provided by the individual company. After our investor has done this, he can quickly scan them for specific financial statements, as well as topics and keywords if he doesn’t ascertain what it is he is looking for in a specific sense.

In addition to this, the company itself will also host investor relation pages on their websites, where the same reports can be found and analyzed. On top of this, information from presentations tailored specifically to potential investors can also be found, which can arguably be even more beneficial to investors, though some have argued they can be slightly misleading as the company has an obvious incentive to attract investment.

Because of this, there are also many independent websites that compile financial information that is arguably more reliable and often easier to understand for those that are new to finance. It used to be the case that brokers and financial intermediaries have a huge advantage over individual investors as they had the resources to obtain larger amounts of data, but with all those free-to-use websites this advantage has been reduced massively.

There is another surprising way the internet has changed the world of finance, and it’s something we all use every day…

 

Online Banking

 

Probably the most notable change the internet has brought to the everyday man when it comes to financing is the introduction of mobile banking. Through this new method of banking, we can much more easily store and transfer money to friends, family, and business colleagues. In recent years this has been taken a step even further as security levels have been made air-tight despite the ease of online banking. This is even the case for those that allow for the transfer of different currencies from one bank to another. There are many apps today that allow you to do this with a ridiculous amount of ease. Transferwise is out a top pick for this category, with almost every Transferwise review being extremely positive.

Another benefit of mobile banking is the mobility it provides, which allows everyone to transfer money regardless of where they are, provided they are somewhere that has internet, which is pretty much everywhere these days. You could be at a bar with friends and still quickly pay your utility bills or buy some clothes or order takeout. While this isn’t clear on the surface, this keeps the wheels of the economy well oiled and helps keep the world of finance in a place that is secure and forever improving logistically.

Branding Ideas for Cloud Computing Companies

Cloud Computing is an up and coming industry that goes from strength to strength in an increasingly digital age. But as the world turns to cloud computing, there is greater competition in the industry are more firms are popping up everywhere. With increasing competition, even the most advance firms will fail without proper branding and advertising. These are the pillars of a successful business. So below we are going to look into a few simple, yet effective way, a Cloud Computing Company can increase their branding and get their name out there.

Corporate Advertising

Cloud computing benefits everyone from the general public to the largest companies. To this end, it could be a good idea to tailor your advertising towards the cooperate level. This means leaning more on your hardware, prices and quality of service you provide. Any company that hires you will be looking to store a lot of data. If you can create an advertising campaign that aims to get companies to hire you, you’ll soon have your name spread around between companies and find yourself with no shortage of business.

Physical Merch

Corporate conferences, business retreats and street advertising are all excellent ways to get your brand seen. But to improve this it is worth creating some branded physical merchandise. Hats, Mugs, Pen and silicone bracelets can be used for branding to great effect. If people start using or wearing this merch, then you have effectively created free advertisements that will be seen by so many more people than just a simple leaflet. This approach is also a great way to foster good relations with people at conferences. People love free stuff and it will put them in a better mood, which helps with negotiations.

Invest in Art

People naturally gravitate towards fantastical and well-made logos. If your companies logo is garish and difficult to look at, you’ll lose a lot of business from the get-go. To this end, it is an excellent idea to hire out a graphics design firm or independent artist to create a smashing logo that will stand out and grab the attention of anyone seeing it. The more memorable your logo is, the more likely someone is to go to your company when they decide they need cloud computing. So don’t be afraid to splash out on this one, it will be worth it.

The Best 9 Cloud Hosting Services in 2020

2020 is said to be the year of the cloud as more and more companies take their work to the cloud. This passage will detail the 9 best cloud hosting services.

Micrososft Azure

The Microsoft Azure is viewed as one of the most extensive cloud hosting services. The biggest plus for the Microsoft Azure is the ability to shift all your business data and apps to the cloud and run them from a single unified platform. This is a bundle that other cloud hosting services fail to offer. Coming in at a cheap $18.95 the Microsoft Azure is perfect for any bigger companies, but smaller companies may find these features to be a little bit redundant.

Cloudways

Secondly, is the Cloudways hosting service. It is quite important to note that Cloudways has started to offer a free month long trial in 2020. This will allow you to test out the product before fully committing. The service also offers the most impressive stretch of features, and is the cloud service of choice for companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon. This is due to its high functioning ability, yet still managing to remain simplistic. Coming at only $10 a month Cloudways is a solid choice.

Hostgater

Next up we have the cloud hosting service of Hostgater. Hostgater offers a stripped back and streamlined service. You can join the Hostgator service for as little as $3.13. This comes with some pretty impressive features. The key is its scalability. If your site can’t cope with the traffic, you can scale up to eight cores and 8GB RAM with a simple click. This simplicity is perfect for any smaller scale business.

CaCloud

Here we have the Canadian based CaCloud. The North American company offers a user-friendly approach with a professional IT insurance which puts this service past the competition. The CaCloud also boasts an extremely slick and modern website, which offers a free migration service. CaCloud offers three separate forms of cloud. The SSD cloud server is the cheapest a $5 and offers 64 GB of RAM. The middle service is the flexible cloud and offers 8 virtual machines with pooled resources, and comes in at $10 a month. Finally, is the private cloud which offers an elite isolated service, which comes at a hefty $658 a month. This versatile service is excellent, and the CaCloud would be an excellent choice.

Clook Managed Cloud Service

Clook is currently the leading UK cloud service provider. The service targets lower-end businesses and companies. Clook takes pride in the amount of money they invest in their support system, this does lead to a higher price of product, but you can sleep soundly knowing your cloud network will be safe. As I previously mentioned this does mean that the product comes at a premium; going over the thirty dollar mark. It is up to you what do you value more the fee or the security?

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is the ultimate cloud server for storing data. DigitalOcean is extremely stocked in its features, with the ability to scale your plan by adding CPU cores, RAM or storage, all on one single system. Priced at $5 a month the plan will provide you with 25GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. This is probably all a little bit overkill for smaller companies, but for bigger businesses then this may be the perfect server for you, offering extreme variety and scalability.

Liuid web

Next is a newer server plan with Liquid Web. The company owns thousands of data centres throughout North America and Europe. As Liquid Web owns its own centres it is extremely quick when coming to repairs and offers a streamlined approach. Liquid Web also has a customer service policy that if your call is not answered within the hour then you will be credited 10x the amount of time over the hour. Also if your website experiences any down-time then you will be credited 10x for the entire amount of the down-time. If there is any fault with your dedicated server then if it is not fixed in 30 minutes, then you have probably guessed, that you will be credited 10x the amount of extra time. With such a comprehensive set of policies, Liquid Web is a really good choice.

Kametera

Kametera is an Asian based cloud company that are making big waves in the industry. The Kametera is completely customizable, with it allowing a client free reign to pick and choose their cloud server set-up. Also letting a client choose from multiple processors. The Kametera also offers a free 30-day trial, meaning you can choose if this is the right server for you. With instant scalability, the Kametera is perfect for any tech-savvy business.

Interserver

Finally, it is the Interserver company. Which offers a free migration service to your new cloud if you choose to move. With migration available 24/7. The Intersever is particularly optimized for WordPress. It is a known fact that WordPress can slow down your website, with Interserver having the ability to counteract this slowness. Interserver is perfect for any beginner, as it is extremely simple to use. The server comes with a high level of security and a dedicated backup system. Simplistic and cheap; like I mentioned this is the perfect server for any smaller start-up company or less tech-savvy business.