Evolution of Recruitment Technologies Over the Years

Recently we spoke about the new tools used by executive recruiters and HR professionals including headhunters. The online world has changed the way companies do business and technology proliferation over the years has not left any stream untouched.

Human Resources constantly moving towards higher productivity and efficiency is no exception. Whether or not all technology options prove successful will be seen over a period of time, but as managers and even candidates it’s important to be able to differentiate between technology fads and powerful tools that help change something substantial. What can the evolution of recruitment technologies over the years teach us? Which technologies have been touted to be the future?

1. Social Recruiting Goes Wild: A Forbes article ran with this headline in 2012, sharing details of tons of start-ups that were set up considering social technologies were getting mainstream in almost all spheres.

However, social technologies have also raised the importance of keeping social online profiles ‘professional’ as most recruiters tend to have strong reservations over something that may catch their eye. Social has definitely not replaced the main mode of recruitment and experts argue that headhunters are still the key to find you a great senior career!

2. Relationships with Headhunters and recruiters online: While job applications, job search, job postings are well and truly online (and mobile centric as well- Experteer already sees a lot of strong traffic on its iPhone native app, as we expected), it is still key that one does not forget that finally in the race of talent the usual differentiator still remains the good old relationship development.

Headhunters have clearly talked about the intangibles and subconscious behavior or feeling they get with a personal interview or even a phone call that beats all technologically sophisticated ways of communication.

As a senior manager, which recruitment technologies are you backing? 🙂

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