How To Use Technology to Find Jobs In Hollywood

Celebrity Personal Assistants, Inc. (CPAI) is shaking up the recruiting industry once again with the availability of “Interview Now” an option on its website allowing applicants to immediately interview for open positions. The agency is using SparkHire’s recordable video technology software for this solution. Applicants can interview from their computer or any iOS or Android device, including smartphones and tablets.

“Video interviewing is the future, with nearly 60% of North American companies currently using it in their recruiting process,” said Dr. Dionne Mahaffey, a business psychologist and the CEO of Celebrity Personal Assistants, Inc. (@Celebrity_PA). “The adoption of this innovative technology has been reserved for large enterprise companies with even larger budgets. It is rare to see a small boutique firm like ours—serving a very unique market —to leverage technology in this way. The video interviewing platform allows our agency’s recruiters to quickly identify and engage with the most suitable candidates for existing vacancies.”

CPAI is no stranger to technology. Founded in 1999, the agency conducts nationwide searches to recruit the perfect business savvy professionals to aid celebrities, professional athletes and other high-profile individuals in their lifestyle management needs. Several years ago the agency provided a technology-based concierge management solution to the National Football League’s Players Association (NFLPA); and offered online training classes to aspiring personal assistants for more than a decade. Known in “entertainment circles around the world” as the ”staffing agency to the stars,” CPAI has found a unique, first-of-its-kind niche in the staffing industry.

“We receive hundreds of applications for each job that we post, said Tiffani Johnson, director of recruiting. “To remain competitive and to respond to the needs of our clients it is critical for us to continuously increase our productivity. It’s impossible for us to contact everyone that applies for a position. Our recruiters can’t be stuck going through hundreds of résumés and phone screens in the search for talent. This technology really increases our productivity and offers us the ability to eliminate the initial phone screen. We can now watch the candidates’ interviews and then contact the individuals that we want to present to our clients.”

The video interviewing process is simple:

1.      Applicants visit

2.      Click on “Find a Job” and then “Interview Now.”

3.      Register for the video interviewing platform.

4.      If using a computer, verify that the webcam and microphone will work with the system.

Applicants are encouraged to record their interviews at a time when they are dressed professionally and have no distractions. With SparkHire’s recording technology, CPAI can also share the one-way video interviews with their clients. There is also a live interview option. The technology’s features allows CPAI to rank the interviews, add notes, and save each candidate’s interviews for future opportunities.

“Furthermore, by utilizing video interviews we can build a long-term sustainable pipeline of qualified candidates. Just because a candidate is not a fit for one client, it doesn’t mean that we will discard their interview. They may be suitable for another opening and having access to hundreds of saved interviews is an amazing feature,” Johnson concluded.

Omarosa Sues LaToya Jackson Over Remarks on Late Fiance’s Death

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Reality villain Omarosa Manigault is reportedly seeking legal action against “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” co-star LaToya Jackson for a comment made about her late fiance Michael Clarke Duncan.

After the two women got into a nasty verbal battle on the Donald Trump reality show, LaToya Jackson commented that Omarosa, “probably pulled the plug” on the late Duncan who died last year from heart failure complications. Omarosa, who is still grieving Duncan’s death, has sought her lawyers to address the matter.

“Ms. Jackson made the statement immediately after having been ‘fired’ off the show, and blames Rev. Manigault for her loss,” her lawyer said in a statement. “It is repulsive and of the lowest level of class for Ms. Jackson, who showed herself to be a ‘sore loser’ in making these disgusting statements in the wake of Rev. Manigault’s tragic loss.”

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Icon Dionne Warwick Talks Reality TV, Songwriting, and Protecting Her Legacy

Legacy Award winner Dionne Warwick

Fans of soul music icon Dionne Warwick sat wide-eyed and open-mouthed as she verbally took on Real Housewives star NeNe Leaks, Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and anybody else who stood in her way on last season’s Celebrity Apprentice. Many simply weren’t expecting the legendary 70-year-old singer — easily one of the most successful female vocalists of all time— to be so fiery.

For her part, Warwick says she hadn’t expected the mood of the show to get as ugly as it did. She adds that if she had it to do all over again —she wouldn’t.

“The experience on Celebrity Apprentice was very interesting, to say the least,” laughs Warwick, who will receive the Legacy Award at this year’s Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.

“I’ve known Donald Trump for many years, so when I was approached to do it, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ But as time [on the show] went on, I found that it was not as cordial as I thought it would be. I felt that it got to the point that where my many years of impeccable achievements were a little bit in jeopardy by the surroundings that I was in. So I thought it best that I fire myself and bow out gracefully without destroying 50 years.”

And what a glorious five decades it has been: The Grammy award-winning singer scored her first hit in December 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over,” and has been churning out the classics ever since —“Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Walk On By,” “Heartbreaker” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” She helped launch the legendary Soul Train Music Awards, raise millions of dollars for AIDS research, and served as a U.S. Ambassador for health.

Warwick attributes much of her tremendous success to keeping good people around her — something she recommends to anyone getting into the entertainment business. “I’m still working with the same people I’ve worked with over many, many years. There is a loyalty factor and a friendship factor that have become paramount. It’s important to stay surrounded by people you trust and who have your back — who have your best interest at heart.”

The singer says she’s proud to receive honors such as the Black Enterprise Legacy Award because they help introduce her to a new generation of fans. “It’s wonderful when what you do for a living has been accepted as something that people want to be a part of and will continue to enjoy over a period of time,” she says. “It’s very exciting.”

Keep an eye out for some new music from her as well: “I’d like to work with Earth, Wind and Fire, and George Benson,” she reveals as she prepares to drop a new album that will be out in March. “I’ll be touring to promote it.” Warwick says she also has plans to go back into the studio with legendary producer Phil Ramone, and that she’s considering recording a bunch of other projects, including a country album she’s been approached to do.

And keep an ear out for her niece, Whitney Houston, as well. “As far as I know [Whitney will have a new album out] this year.”

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