How Technology is Revolutionizing the Recruiting Industry

Has technology changed the landscape for the recruiting industry? Consider this perspective:

“Anyone who still thinks dropping off a resume at the front desk is enough will have better luck uploading it to their MySpace page and rushing to the nearest pay phone to place a follow-up call,” according to The Next Web.

Clearly, the recruiting industry has adapted to using technological resources to help find the right candidates as candidates themselves (and employers also) have reconfigured and restructured how they communicate.

A short time ago, recruiting included flat, cookie-cutter job inquires or resume submissions via email. Now, when a recruiter sends a message via LinkedIn, they are able to see exactly whom they are considering for the position, and more and more candidates offer online blogs, portfolios and videos to introduce themselves and stand out. Often, these steps can make the exchange more personable for both the employer and the candidate.

Additionally, recruiters are using social media to reach candidates and to identify candidates who have the right level of engagement to fit their culture. As a result, social technology gives recruiters more information on their candidates of interest. The same works for candidates. Candidates can also have more insight into a company’s culture, objectives and mission from websites, online media coverage and the company’s social media outlets.

Today, technology has also opened the door for recruiting companies to select candidates at a faster pace. There are many recruiting tools available that will automatically filter a candidate’s resume by experience, qualifications, skills and more. It helps to quickly identify the similarities and differences of each individual, and most likely, provides less error compared to one person reviewing every candidate’s resume at a time.

Google, one of the biggest technology companies in the world, follows this practice. They depend on a series of mathematical algorithms that look for keyword combinations to determine whether a candidate has the experience they are looking for and how likely they are to fit in within the company’s culture.

Recruiters are looking for real-world skills that can help benefit their company in every area. Technology reveals transparency, provides real-time access to candidates and helps identify qualified candidates much faster.