Recruiting Technology Can Be Les Miserables

With apologies for my miss-use of the French word form, a lot of the recruiting technology that is out there today really is “Les Misérables”. If Fantine was a recruiter and left alone, unemployed and destitute – I could hear her sing:

I dreamed a dream in times gone by

And hope was high

Recruiting software was worth the buy

I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I’m living

So different now from what it seemed

Now recruiting tech has killed

The dream I dream!


The problem has really been that most of the products on the market out there today take a broken process that was developed 20 years ago and try to make it more automated. The only thing you get from automating junk is faster junk. There have been some attempts to get at the heart of the problem (getting the best candidates to want to apply for your job) but little innovation has really helped much. The standard recruiting organization uses a tool to manage the requisition, create a job post, shove it out to irrelevant job boards, and pray for a good outcome. When that fails they call a headhunter. Ugh.

Maybe there is more help to come. Recruiting is going to change because job seekers (both passive and active) are going to change. The target audience for recruiting is more online today than ever before. They like hearing about opportunities – as long as they don’t get spammed. They like to move around a bit to find the best fit.

One area for hope is with referrals. Our employees are connected to huge number of people. But we don’t know how to tap the reservoir. Opportunity knocks. 

So in spite of the efforts of Javert to thwarts the best efforts of change, perhaps there is hope for the dream over this next decade

Views: 314

Comment by Danny Powell on January 17, 2013 at 8:35am

I agree. Social media allows people to connect in ways that we are only beginning to see the impact. If you combine that with even more powerful mobile communication devices, recruiters and the technology they (we) use are going to evolve even more rapidly. Those who wish to remain successful are not just going to adapt, but are going to have to be in front of the changes.

Comment by Megan Wilkes on January 17, 2013 at 6:07pm

I agree with Danny, the future of a recruitment tech is going to be a intergrated digital strategy that including your website, company job board, social media, mobile and all of them feeding each other (in the right way, to avoided over automation)  In the end your candidates (& clients) can connect with you with which everyway they prefer...

Comment by Jerry D. Thurber on January 18, 2013 at 12:56pm

Good points Danny and Megan. Thanks for your comments. Danny is very much correct in my mind that recruiting professionals are going to have to get out in front of this change. It is hard to leave the tried-and-true behind, but it would be good to see more recruiting professionals be risk takers! 


You need to be a member of RecruitingBlogs to add comments!

Join RecruitingBlogs


All the recruiting news you see here, delivered straight to your inbox.

Just enter your e-mail address below



RecruitingBlogs on Twitter

© 2019   All Rights Reserved   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service