First off, what is an API? In simplest terms, an API (or application programming interface) helps two computer programs talk to each other. For staffing firms, that usually means integrating Emsi’s labor market data with their own internal data via Emsi APIs.
Many companies, from start-ups to Fortune 500, are now using data in their people analytics strategies. But not all of them need or want the pre-designed and branded reports in Emsi’s Talent Analyst platform. Or maybe their recruiters don’t have time to log into their internal system and Talent Analyst. They just want the numbers.
In that case, an Emsi API is an ideal fit. Companies get access to all of Emsi’s raw data and can pipe it into their own dashboards. Emsi APIs are automatically updated, so companies and recruiters don’t have to worry about pulling new reports.
“If you have a large recruiting team and they have to log into a tool, export the information, and then upload it into a custom report, that could take 10 to 30 minutes,” said Caleb Courtney, API solutions architect. “Times that by a thousand recruiters and you lose money fast. Using an API here would quickly pay off.”
Here’s a short video about Emsi APIs to show you how it all works.
How can companies use Emsi APIs?
APIs are all about solving a problem with flexibility and speed. You can use APIs in your talent strategy to:
1. Compare your competition’s job postings, and the skills associated with them, to yours.
2. Evaluate a market for potential expansion.
3. Compare how much your company pays vs. what the market pays.
4. Measure the skills of your existing pool to hire internally.
5. Benchmark your diversity and inclusion initiatives against the market.
What are the most popular Emsi APIs?
Our most popular APIs for talent acquisition and staffing companies are:
Job Postings: This data is used to better understand the demand for specific jobs nationwide or in a given region.
Profile Analytics: Similar to Job Postings data, this information is used to understand the supply side of a specific job.
Compensation Data: This service provides estimated salary ranges for a candidate or employee on the basis of many factors including region, skills, and experience.
Title Normalization: This API allows you to standardize your own titles against clients and prospects. Emsi’s title taxonomy of 75k+ titles are based on and continually updated through analyzing job postings daily.
Emsi has approximately 19 APIs available to clients.
What do companies need to integrate Emsi APIs?
Ideally, any company or talent analytics team will need at least one technical expert to successfully integrate an API. This could be a data scientist, data engineer, or web developer depending on the integration. Emsi provides sample code and plenty of documentation to help developers get started. Here’s a quick video about how that works.