April 06, 2005 15:34 ET Customer Plantronics Wins Top Honor at 2005 ER Excellence Awards

Company Selected From Strong Field of International Contenders for 'Most Strategic Use of Recruiting Technology'

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 6, 2005 --, the recognized leader in Talent Relationship Management solutions, today announced that its customer, Plantronics, Inc., was recently honored with the "Most Strategic Use of Recruiting Technology" designation at the first annual ER Excellence awards, celebrating excellence in the field of corporate recruiting.

Hosted by the Electronic Recruiting Exchange, the ER Excellence Awards were presented to a select group of leading corporations and individuals in recognition of their recruiting accomplishments over the past year at the awards dinner held on the opening night of ER Expo 2005 Spring.

Submissions in the category of Most Strategic Use of Recruiting Technology were evaluated based on a rigorous list of demonstrable technology applications throughout the entire recruitment process. Criteria included evidence of a consistent plan to integrate technology into all aspects of recruiting, a roadmap showing where technology will be applied, examples of the use of an applicant tracking system, evidence of the use of interactive technology such as chat, instant messaging, or blogs, evidence of consistent use of Candidate Relationship Management tools such as email, e-marketing, newsletters, and others, examples of the use of an applicant tracking system, and demonstrate online screening and/or assessment.

Among the compelling metrics submitted by Plantronics supporting their submission in the Most Strategic Use of Recruiting Technology category:

--  481% talent community growth
--  505% website job view increase
--  4,000 positive applicant responses to candidate experience
--  85% response to candidate marketing; 50% click-through rate
--  4 months annualized recruiter productivity gains from screening
--  Extraordinary annual savings on agency fees
"Plantronics' implementation certainly embodies every aspect of innovation in recruiting and talent relationship management," said Larry Orecklin, chief executive officer. "Layne Buckley, their staffing manager, puts our solution to the test every day constantly searching for new ways to create a rich talent community, with extraordinary results. We're delighted that the industry has awarded Layne and the Plantronics team with this well-deserved recognition," Orecklin said.

About Plantronics

Plantronics introduced the first lightweight headset in 1962 and is recognized as the world leader in communications headsets. A Plantronics headset was used for Neil Armstrong's historic "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" transmission from the moon in 1969. A publicly held company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with approximately 3,900 employees, Plantronics maintains offices in 20 countries.

About, the worldwide leader in Talent Relationship Management solutions, helps build better businesses by enabling customers to hire the best people. Global 2000 companies, including BP, Prudential, Reuters, Kaiser and Raytheon, have invested in's unique modular system to achieve competitive advantage today, and to plan for their future talent management needs. HireEnterprise is a three-time award-winning product as named by HR Executive Magazine's Top 10 HR products of the year, most recently in 2004. Customers named, "Best in Customer Service" in Electronic Recruiting Exchange (ERE)'s 2002 and 2003 Annual Industry Surveys. More information on and its proven solutions can be found on the website at or by calling (800) 953-HIRE (953-4473).

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