All good things must come to an end. Do you remember the rush of going to an arcade to play PacMan? Now, arcades have been replaced with pocket sized smartphones! If you are a Human Resource professional that remembers how the fax replaced snail mail, thus cutting time to fill ratios like a chef at a hibachi bar, raise your hand!
In the mid to late 90’s a recruiting phenomenon occurred, candidates in one easily accessible location! Just plug in few key words and PRESTO a resume that fit your needs (seemingly). The job boards quickly took off and next thing you know everyone was spending tens of thousands of dollars for one year license. The downside, we stopped interacting/socializing with candidates.
Alas, just this month a Wall Street Journal newspaper article (*newspapers are on the endangered list much like my beloved PacMan) stated “24% of companies plan to decrease their usage of 3rd party employment websites and job boards this year”. So why has this happened? The answer is simple, the evolution of social technology.
In the upcoming months look for jobs boards to socially evolve their technology and perhaps mimic the success of social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook. The term “social” is key, as recruiters and human resource professionals will be required to embrace their natural social instincts and search for candidates in old ways with newer tools!