SOURCE: Acertiv


October 08, 2012 08:00 ET

Acertiv Launches New Online Service to Disrupt the $125 Billion Talent Acquisition Market

Virginia Company Introduces Its Patented Service to Optimize Employer-Job Candidate Connections

DULLES, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 8, 2012) - Acertiv (, an online recruiting service that helps companies quickly and cost-effectively find qualified candidates and helps job applicants stand out from the crowd to get hired faster, today announced it has launched its service at the 15th Annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition in Chicago.

Many existing screening tools rely on keywords found in résumés. However, it is estimated that 70 percent of résumés contain mischaracterizations, if not outright lies, and candidates are adept at peppering them with key words. Acertiv's differentiator is that it enables candidates to certify at the résumé bullet point level that their skills and accomplishments are in fact true and then ties those to the hiring firm's job requirements.

According to Acertiv Founder and CEO T. J. Radtke, "A résumé is the candidate's story of what they've done. But it doesn't fit the hiring firm's story -- told in job requirements -- of what that hiring firm wants. So we developed a way to bridge this gap to empower both candidates and the enterprise."

Acertiv's patented solutions enable applicants to validate very specific career accomplishments -- such as the bulleted claims found on a résumé. In addition, job candidates may be vetted for their ability to meet very specific job requirements by employers who seek to winnow a sea of applicants for a given job to a smaller set of highly relevant prospective employees.

Acertiv is free for job candidates who can continue to access and re-use their certified career data throughout the course of their careers. And for less than the cost of paying an outside recruiter to deliver a single candidate, organizations can purchase an annual Acertiv seat license subscription so a recruiter can screen for all of his or her job postings.

 "We saw an immediate return on our investment in licensing the ProofSheet service," said Art Forcey, President of Ardelle Associates, an Acertiv staffing firm customer. "With Acertiv my recruiters can quickly identify those key candidates from among hundreds who apply that have the proven skills and experiences to meet our specific job requirements. Using Acertiv, we deliver quality candidates more quickly and at substantially lower cost to our federal and private sector customers."

An early focus for Acertiv is staffing companies, which have everything to gain from helping applicants respond much more directly and tangibly to certain key job requirements in a given job requisition. As part of its launch, Acertiv is offering a free trial to the first (twenty) staffing companies that email The free trial includes coverage for up to 100 job postings with no further obligation.

Acertiv earlier closed an over-subscribed seed funding round of $540,000 led by Live Oak Ventures, LLC.

About Acertiv

Acertiv is working to revolutionize the way people are hired and give them the power to certify and share all of their certified career data throughout the course of their careers. is a patented online work history certification platform that integrates with existing workflows to find qualified candidates faster and cheaper. Candidates use professional social networks and other tools to build ProofSheets, validating specific résumé claims at the bullet point level. Certified claims are then mapped to specific employer requirements.

Enterprises license to filter candidates applying to job postings, efficiently identifying proven candidates and reducing process cycle time. Candidates enjoy a permanent repository to manage and re-use certified profile data.

One or more patents apply to this site and to the features and services accessible via the site including without limitation: U.S. Patent Numbers 6,714,944; 8,037,539; 6,658,400; and all corresponding foreign counterparts.

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