Recruitment technology has changed extensively since the early days, and with the birth of social media it’s become a lot more interactive. Here are some of the main points of its history, courtesy of TalentBin.

Takeaways:

  • In the pre-computer era, jobs were found via bulletin boards and newspapers, whereas passive candidates were found via resume archives and phone sourcing.
  • In the pre-web era, job markets were difficult to get into, so candidates had to be specialised. E-mails emerged as the main communication method, with computers and applicant tracking systems being used to find passive candidates.
  • In 1995 (the ‘Early Web’), online job boards and classifieds expanded the distribution of job postings and also created resume databases which became available to recruiters, on sites such as Monster.
  • In 2005 (the ‘Late Web’), job aggregators were making finding jobs easier, whilst LinkedIn compiled over 161 million online professional profiles.
  • In 2012, the social web has made it easier for job distributions to reach new channels (with over 175 million tweets a day), and for passive candidates to be discovered.

evolution of recruiting tools

Laurence Hebberd is Senior Account Manager and King of Content for Link Humans in London. He lives live music, comedy and laughing.