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Recruitment and Staffing

Recruitment and Staffing functionality allows the user to select and hire the right people with the right skill sets, as well as track the information regarding their recruitment for later analysis. It covers criteria such as Organization Structures and Modeling, Corporate Branding, Sourcing, Applicant Tracking, Assessment and Selection, Governance and Compliance, Vendor Management Systems (VMS) Portal, Recruitment Analytics and Reporting, and Product Technology. 

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or modeling  either the Chief Engineer or the Program Manager, but not both, needs to sign off on the document. In other words, the Chief Engineer role and the Program Manager role are interchangeable when it comes to signing off on the document. Suppose further that the swimlanes for the two roles have to remain separate because these roles need to perform role-specific actions in other parts of the workflow. How should the activity diagram in Figure 1 be modified to capture this nuance? It turns out that this Read More

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