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From Crowds to Clouds: Online Technology is Transforming Recruitment

The right person for the job might be one in a million capable candidates, or could be the only person on the planet with the exact skill set you need; either way, to hire them you have to find them first, and online technology is making it much easier to have your voice heard by an ever-larger crowd. Big brands like Facebook and Google are increasingly announcing developments with implications for the recruitment market, more directly in the case of Facebook Workplace, and less directly with exciting creations like Mark Zuckerberg’s AI pet project, Jarvis. The jobs market holds plenty of promise for Facebook, Google and their digital peers, as work completes the picture of many people daily lives, alongside the social content they post to those online platforms for friends and family to see. What these social networks and similar crowd platforms already have is vast personal data about individuals, just waiting to be monetised in new ways, while for the end-user if it means better job opportunities next time they are looking for new employment, many – perhaps even most – would welcome it. What would Google do? The Google Cloud Jobs API is one of the latest announcements in this area, and effectively automates part of the process of matching candidates, skills, personal goals and career history to the job opportunities advertised by recruiters. Certain skills can be prioritised independently, while the algorithms can also seek certain combinations of skills, experience and personal preferences, to deliver candidates who truly meet the requirements of the role, and not just a box-ticking exercise based on the words used on...

What’s coming up in recruitment tech in 2017?

Each new year brings with it new recruitment tech that promises to transform the process of finding and hiring the best talent, and with the pace of technology seeming to get faster all the time, 2017 has some very promising developments on the horizon. Here’s our pick of the top recruitment tech for 2017 and how it could change the way we all apply for jobs or hire new recruits not only this year, but for the future as well. Not Even Close A growing number of people work remotely, so it makes sense for remote recruitment to become more of a thing too, with candidates applying online, interviewing online, and ultimately working online if they are successful. In 2017, video via webcam or smartphone app is only likely to play more of a role in the whole process, while digital CVs are also increasingly likely to include a short video clip of the candidate to demonstrate their confidence and clarity when communicating. Farewell to the Phone? Traditionally the phone has been at the core of recruitment, from appointment setting through to offering the successful candidate the job, and email has never really replaced the immediacy of a voice conversation. Instant messaging merges the two, for the convenience of text messaging with the immediacy of a live call, while smartphone and desktop apps mean there are now more alternatives than ever to that telephone call, especially in digital industries where candidates are more ‘connected’ than most. Joined-Up Thinking That connectedness applies not only to candidates, but to recruiters too. The pipeline from LinkedIn profile to email/phone call to interview...