John Edwards, of Keyapps.co, has been looking into what the future holds for the recruitment industry
DESPITE being surrounded by burgeoning technological advancements, recruitment remains a predominantly labour intensive practice and profession.
Manual administrative procedures, natural human error from the sheer amount of individuals often involved in the recruitment cycle along with far too frequent examples of limited comprehension of new technologies, protocols and legislation all dovetail to present frustratingly time-consuming hurdles in the recruitment process.
Amidst all this stands the significant and constant imperative of implementing advanced, up-to-date technology for recruiters. Whether storing and accessing vast and vital candidate and client information, or providing a user-friendly registration and application interface for potential placements, technology in recruitment will continue to be utilised and updated to enhance delivery capabilities on multiple levels.
This year will herald an inevitable major transitory period throughout the ‘workspace’.
Sectors will be irrevocably disrupted and newly created opportunities will come into the fray. Recruiters can take something from Morgan Stanley’s own proclamation that 2017 is the year for the Internet of Things; the ability to connect all the dots.
All the separate parts of a recruitment process all need to be connected and synchronised for ultimate success.
The major shift in our recruitment practice will come from technology. Not only how technology is used by recruiters but in its shaping of prospects and the jobs landscape itself.
Whilst many professions will inevitably become obsolete, completely new professionals will emerge. Preparation is key and for recruitment agencies unequivocally and inevitably immersing further into this necessary ‘techno-human’ society.
It may pay to reflect on the words of the great British Rugby Lion, Willie John McBride MBE, who said: “Get your retaliation in first.”
As an award-winning dedicated recruitment software provider, at Keyapps, we enable recruiters to connect and retain engagement with candidates and clients through our digital platforms.
In 1998 Kodak had around 170,000 employees and sold 85 per cent of all photo paper worldwide.
Although digital cameras were invented in 1975, digital photography only became mainstream towards the end of the 1990s leading into the 2000s ultimately ending Kodak’s existing and previously dominant business model. The traditional ‘Kodak moment’ was no more. In what seemed a mere flash, an industry had transitioned completely.
Equitas Capital Advisors attended the recent Singularity University Global Summit and reported A.I, Healthcare, Law, Engineering, Media, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Education and most pertinent to fellow recruitment businesses employment, will all continue to change at an exponential rate.
This will inevitably mean that like Blockbuster, certain jobs will be lost to time.
But with transition will come new opportunities – which will need recruiters to recruit.