Columbia Launches New Staff Recruiting System

When people seeking staff roles at Columbia University Irving Medical Center submit their applications online, they are now seeing a new, mobile-friendly system.

TalentLink, the new recruiting and onboarding system launched more than a month ago, offers a more polished user experience for applicants and resume mining functions for University recruiters. TalentLink replaces Jobs at Columbia (JAC), which had been in place since 2004. 

“In a nutshell, this gives us the ability to reduce and eliminate some paper processes, provides an improved and professional applicant experience, and streamlines the administrative recruitment process,” Elizabeth Braden, the university’s associate vice president of HR systems, planning, and operations, told CUIMC Today. 

HR managers and recruiters will benefit from TalentLink’s job description templates, keyword searching function, and its ability to prioritize local candidates. 

Unlike JAC, TalentLink interfaces with the university’s main HR system and with the system of the vendor that provides background checks, providing a more seamless onboarding process.

“TalentLink also allows HR managers to run advanced sourcing analytics to better understand where they’re getting talent in order to make more informed and targeted recruiting strategies,” said Bill Innes, the medical center’s chief human resources officer. “Such data was previously hard to come by.”