4 ways technology has changed hiring — for job seekers and recruiters

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Technology has changed the entire recruitment and job search process — for better or worse. For recruiters and hiring managers, it’s easier than ever to find candidates to suit niche skills or even sway candidates who might not be actively job searching. Job seekers can even reach out directly to employers, create online profiles to attract recruiters and apply for jobs with the click of a button.

“Hand-picked candidates make for better hires and now we’ve got a lot of tools to make that process less resource-intensive. Plus, many potential candidates make seeking them out easier by doing the heavy lifting. They set up LinkedIn and other social media accounts and actively reach out to employers,” says Pete Sosnowski, co-founder and VP of Uptowork.

Reviews

Ten years ago, it would have been unheard of to find employee reviews and salary data for a company. Today, according to a report on technology trends in hiring from iCMS, 92 percent of working Americans turn to employer reviews when considering a new job. Plus, one in three Americans — and 47 percent of millennials — have declined a job offer due to poor reviews.

“Employer-review tools like Glassdoor and Kununu really allow the candidates to go behind the walls and see what the culture and environments are like at companies, to an extent. In the age of technology, it is much easier to do reference checks and find out who is in your ecosystem. From both sides — employer and candidate,” says Carrie Walecka, director of talent acquisition at Brightcove.

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