oud computing is if you've read much about it lately. Seems the marketing gurus have twisted it a bit to mean "anything on the web" but that neglects those things about cloud computing that are new and special to the industry.
Cloud computing is about building systems in the cloud. There are lots of systems on the web now that aren't cloud computing, hotmail, gmail, salesforce, even hotjobs... these sites don't fit the technical definition of cloud computing, but they are computing in the cloud -- so to speak -- and the marketing people think those are cloud computing, but they aren't. Cloud computing is about scalability and end user enablement. It's about automatically scaling sites to support new users instantly. It's about servers never crashing under load again. It's about not having to think about servers at all! You build your sites on the web, you use them on the web, you customize them on the web and you never download anything. It's so exciting, I can barely contain myself!
So what I think about cloud recruiting? I think of it as building a system, on qrimp of course that will help me find, manage, and track recruiting opportunities. We are a special business and it takes a really in depth technical savvy to be productive in this space.
What would I do? I'd build a recruiting site. I'd put up tests so I can see how much applicants know about the companies, industries, and details of the job they are applying for. I'd quickly create a new test for every job post. If they pass the test, they can submit their resume. If they don't, we'll give them a special message that they don't qualify for this particular job, but based on their answers, I'd find some other positions they would be qualified for.
I could save these questions and when a new opening comes up and I need to find someone, I'll just quickly add the relevant questions. If you are looking for a nurse, what does a nurse need to know? Which certifications do they need?
If applicants answer specific questions, it will help me find them better later and communicate with them. Job applicants can sign up for notifications for new job posts that might suit them.
Of course, you could sign up for some existing system in the cloud and pay the fees or you could tailor a system specifically for YOUR type of recruiting. That's the power of cloud computing and that, to me, would be my definition of cloud recruiting.
Glad to find you again Jim. Hope things are well.
Founder, CTO Qrimp.com
e's nothing wrong with embracing technology.
Please don't take offense to this, but I think you are just misinformed in what cloud computing actually is. The reason I say this is because of your line "So if Cloud computing is simply using the internet, why then are people getting excited about the Cloud now when it simply appears to be a new name for something that has been with us for a while?" Cloud computing isn't just "using the internet". The most basic definition is that it allows companies to deploy systems on a massive scale (that can be accessed from almost anywhere) without having to actually have physical disks or software per se, which in turn saves time and money. Think of cloud computing as a mirror of sorts.. Let's say you have a sudden phone interview with a candidate come up and you are without your work computer. Have no fear, just take out your iPad or home comp, open the website for your SaaS and you can update your candidate profile from wherever you are. Now when you get back to your office it's all there! I know this is not be the most important part of recruiting but it sure makes your life easier and allows you to spend more time on the important things!…