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What Rapid Technological Change Means For Recruitment

  • by: Sunette Van Aarde
  • On: 13, Jun 2019
3 min read

Over the last decade, technology has changed the way almost all of us work. Social media, smartphones, and AI have all allowed us to become more efficient and connected. But since technology is changing all the time, businesses have to change to keep up with the latest trends.

How Technology Has Changed Technical Recruitment

Technology has changed the recruitment industry as well, allowing recruitment consultants a greater understanding of their candidates, and giving businesses more insight into the recruitment process.

Technology Has Changed How Recruiters Find And Contact Candidates:

Social Media

LinkedIn changed the recruitment industry. Often the first place candidates look to find a new job, it is an invaluable tool for recruiters in any industry. It provides data on candidates’ employment history, skills, their personalities, and where they want their careers to go in the future. This streamlines the recruitment process, making it easier for recruitment consultants to find the best candidates, and faster for those candidates to get new jobs.

Around 70% of employers look at candidates on social media before hiring them. Recruiters know his, and will often check out potential candidates’ social accounts before reaching out. This allows them to get in direct contact, forging relationships that can last for years. A good recruiter can help a candidate get jobs over the course of their entire career, only possible through the technology they use to keep in contact.

apple-devices-books-business-coffee-572056AI and Applicant Tracking Software

Artificial intelligence is changing almost every industry, but it promises to have a big impact in recruitment. Algorithms can be individually tailored to scan CVs for specific criteria or skills, reducing the amount of time it takes to find the best candidates. It’s now estimated that over half of CVs sent out for jobs never get viewed by an actual human hiring manager.

However ultimately recruiting is still a human profession, involving two people talking about an opportunity. While AI can streamline the process, industry experts agree it’s highly unlikely that the technology will ever overshadow the human element.

New Technology Changes The Skills Engineers Will Need

Technology is changing engineering faster than any other sector. The skills engineers needed five, ten, fifteen years ago won’t be same in five years from now.

Technical recruitment consultants now need a deeper understanding of what engineering roles actually require, and what skills the engineering candidates will need to get them.

Specialist knowledge makes candidates more attractive in any industry, but in engineering it’s vital to stay ahead of the competition no matter what role you’re applying for.

Recruitment consultants can help engineers by noting industry trends, telling them areas to upskill in, or by recommending training courses.

VHR offers online aviation training to any candidates registered with us.

Learn how robotics will change in 2020,or read more about how to futureproof your engineering career.  

Technology isn’t going to stop changing the world we live in. It has the potential to make our everyday lives easier, less stressful, and more secure – if used in the right way. When looking for jobs, technology can unlock opportunities that might never have been available.

Learn how recruiters should treat candidates, or read why Gen Z is turning away from recruitment.

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