It’s going to happen faster than you think. In fact, it’s already happening.
Most of the innovative HR and recruiting tech companies have Slack apps. If they don’t, they’re most likely designing and building them right now. Including my team at Drafted.
But most of these Slack apps are being designed as a small “value add” to the existing service these tech companies provide. Here’s a thought experiment of how you could actually use Slack to completely change the way recruiting and process happens at your company.
If you’re a small company that doesn’t pay for tools, you might already be doing some of these things.
You can imagine that a slick app that combined a lot of these things would be pretty easy to build. Slack itself might give you tools to help with these workflows instead of relying on outside apps.
This one is easy.
In your ATS hack ^^ up there, simply allow people to post resumes of referred candidates in your dedicated job channel, and use reactions to quickly make decisions and communicate about them.
No bullet points required.
Sooner or later, someone will start a slack community to manage their headhunters over Slack instead of email.
Maybe some headhunters will make a Slack for all their clients, but restrict access to individual channels for individual companies, so that they can manage the entire relationship through Slack, and easily send the same resume to multiple clients.
This would also allow groups of freelance headhunters anywhere to come together to collaborate on clients and large projects. E.g Acme is opening a new office in Dublin and needs 5 sourcers working across Product, Engineering, Marketing, Sales, and Executive Recruitment, but there’s no single agency that specializes in all 5 in Dublin.
In yesterday’s world, Acme would settle for the generic “we do everything” large staffing agency.
But with Slack, the best-in-class 5 freelancers can create a “spot-team” kind of like the movie-industry, to serve Acme really well. This could evolve into the asymptotic fragmentation of the agency industry, because freelance headhunting is always more profitable than serving through an agency if you’re the best in your industry.
How else do you think Slack is changing recruiting? Post it in the comments!
About the author — Vinayak Ranade is the CEO at Drafted. Drafted makes referral based hiring fast, easy, and fun for everyone.
Wow, enlightening stuff.
We use Slack as a way of communicating/sharing or allocating work in our office.
I had no idea it was so adaptable - Going to have to have a god long look at what's possible in teh future.
Thanks for sharing Vinayak.
Oh by the way - we just launched a Slack app over at Drafted - that's inspired in part by this post! Check it out :) - https://www.producthunt.com/posts/drafted-for-slack