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The Breakthrough Hiring Show: Navigating the future of tech: Layoffs, consolidation & Al impact with Steve Bartel, CEO of Gem

Brandice Payne | Author

Brandice Payne

Sr. TA Evangelist

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December 14, 2023

The rapidly changing landscape of the tech industry presents a variety of challenges. In the latest episode of The Breakthrough Hiring Show, host James Mackey hosted Steve Bartel, Co-founder and CEO of Gem, to discuss these dynamic trends. With a rich background in the tech sector and a keen eye on its future, Steve offered invaluable insights into layoffs, consolidation, and the transformative role of AI in recruitment.


One of the topics discussed was the current state of the tech industry, marked by layoffs and consolidation. With budgets getting tighter and hiring goals lower, companies are increasingly looking for all-in-one solutions to streamline their operations. Gem is one such company, working on building an all-in-one recruiting platform without sacrificing functionality. The goal is to offer the best of both worlds: a platform that combines best-of-breed functionality with the convenience of an all-in-one solution.


The conversation then shifted towards the role of AI in the recruitment sector. AI has brought about significant disruption in various industries, including recruitment. However, Steve stressed that while AI is instrumental in enhancing efficiency and speed, it should not replace human involvement. Instead, AI should be seen as a tool to complement and accelerate human tasks, particularly in recruitment.


One of the innovative ways Gem is utilizing AI is by integrating it into its product lineup to speed up recruiters, allowing recruiters to maintain control and visibility into AI-driven decisions. 


Moreover, AI is now being incorporated into various aspects of recruitment, from messaging and draft creation to inbound application review and candidate rediscovery. By using AI to generate personalized outreach messages based on candidate data, Gem is significantly enhancing the efficiency of recruiters.


To sum up, the future of tech lies in striking a balance between leveraging the benefits of AI and maintaining human involvement in decision-making. With companies like Gem leading the way, we can look forward to a future where AI enhances, not replaces, human roles in recruitment and other sectors of the tech industry.


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