Technology and Recruitment: an arms race no one can win

Every day the news is full of stories about a brand new piece of technology or software that is going to put a whole industry out of business.

A year later, a decade later that business\industry is still around.

Funny that.

Now recruitment has had this threat happen twice. Once with job boards, anyone remember Monster saying that all recruiters will cease to exist? And twice with LinkedIn.

Both now would not have a business without recruitment agencies.

I also remember LinkedIn championing the in-house hiring revolution.

Yet, so some reason we are all still hear. Which is nice.

So this got me thinking about recruitment and technology.

Essentially they are in an arms race that no one is going to win.

There will be no amazon of recruitment.

There will be no google of finding jobs.

Why?

Recruitment is about humans, and human expectations always rise quickly. The iPhone 1 was amazing. Anyone who got an iPhone 1 now would moan until the ends of the earth once they got an iPhone 7.

A model T Ford radically changed the way the world drives. Yet today, no one would want to have one.

With this in mind lets take the example of matching technology. A recruitment thought experiment if you will.

Lets say Linked in invents the perfect piece of software for matching jobs to candidates. Woohoo. Everyone is sent jobs that match their background and career.

This is super-stuff, until, oh know, in competitive marketplaces some candidates are getting 3,4,5,6 job emails everyday. Many are now totally ignoring those emails. If not all.

Worse still. Some are not keeping their details up-to-date. However, all recruiters have now gone bust.

The software, has put all recruiters out of business, but a new industry arises as hiring managers and HR are unable to fill their vacancies.

The job sales industry, being paid to influence and persuade candidates to join. Much of the work is done via the telephone as it is efficient and the spoken word has the most influence

Hey presto we have recruiters.

This is the constant tension that technology and humans have. What was once novel and indeed elitist becomes one day expected. In the world of human influence that will forever be true. Marvels become commodities.

Use Zoho One for all your software needs and we mean ALL of your software needs

One Software Package to rule them all

This hack is aimed at the business owner, decision maker and solo recruiter (shout out to all the solo recruitment hero’s!).

If you want to save time and money on your software needs you cannot get better than Zoho One.

Depending on what your requirements are Zoho One pretty much has it covered. For a small yearly payment, you get everything from a CRM, ATS, Accounts, Expenses and Checkout package, Website designer, social media aggregator, email marketing platform and about 30 other programs.

You save time by only have to renew once a year. At the time of publication the Zoho One package cost circa £330/$500 and that is for everything. For the year!

Check out Zoho One at https://www.zoho.com/one


Do not have time to read? This app may be a life-saver

Read a book an hour

Do you sometimes feel it takes too long to get to the good stuff from a business or self-help book? I do. Sometimes the great ideas are just surrounded by waffle. Blinklist cures this problem in a handy app that is for both iPhone and Android. Blinklist will allow you to digest a book in a lunchtime.

Blinklist cuts books and audiobooks down into short article or audio snippets that cover the key learning points from the text. It really is a wonderful concept. They have a wide range of titles. Almost any decent non-fiction book will be on there.

So why is this a life hack? You can use Blinklist to turbocharge your learning on a subject in a very quick time. Imagine having all the key points from Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations read to you whilst on your commute to work? Or when you are eating lunch taking onboard the teachings of Anthony Robbins. Imagine what listening to all the best sales books would do for your daily calling and sales figures?

It may not be the entire book, but you get the best, juiciest bits. Blinklist does the hard work for you.

You can find Blinklist in the App store or at https://www.blinkist.com

We suggest you start with this list of books on Blinklist

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If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.



 

Become the automation king

Automate Like a Boss

Want to Automate like a Boss?  

IFTT is like a second employee working for you in the background to help you do things between apps. It is simple to use and can really save you loads of time and effort on simple repetitive tasks.

Fancy having every LinkedIn post sent to Twitter? IFTT can help with that.

Want your website’s blog automatically posted to Facebook? IFTT can do that.

Want to save an email automatically to Evernote, IFTT can do that.

Been sent an attachment? IFTT can save it straight to your GDrive.

IFTT can automatically do a wide range of things from everything like putting your android phone on mute when you reach work to logging your time on devices, apps and websites. This really is only scratching the surface.

This is just a taste of the all the Apps that use it. Everyone from Amazon to Philips and Dominos are on the platform.

How it works is by creating Applets, and every day thousands of new Applets are created by users. So if there is something that you want to do, the chances are that someone else will have already created it.

Once you start using it, it does start to become addictive. For instance, I get an email every day that tells me the weather and I also share a random Wikipedia articles to my personal facebook, why? just for fun really.

IFTT can save you time and hassle. Set aside a couple of hours on a Friday to find out more.

To explore and save time go to http://iftt.com

If you are into really hardcore automation, you may want to try http://zapier.com

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If you are looking for more recruitment hints, tips and tricks why not try our book “Recruitment Hacks” available on Amazon.



 

Become the office recruitment nerd

Become a Nerd

Nerds. Who needs them? Well, we all do. Nerds run the world these days.

Should you become a Nerd? Yes, yes you should.

With just thirty minutes a day, you can become the office recruitment nerd within a few weeks. How? Reading books and watching videos online.

Nerdism is winism


There are a whole host of ways to learn about recruitment online. One of the best platforms to kick-start your learning process is  Ku.Dos.

Ku.Dos was created by Warren Kemp one of the leading providers of recruitment training in the UK and probably Europe.

Every module is around 30 minutes long and it covers the entire recruitment process from planning your day, all the way through to closing the deal and everything in between.

Warren is a real expert and he teaches in a way that is easy to understand and offers a lot of insight, tips, and hints that keep giving value everytime you watch the videos.

You can find Ku.dos at https://www.kudos.training/

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The following books will help you become a Recruitment Nerd or R-Nerd.

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