Talent Acquisition

How Tech Transformed the Recruitment Industry

Since the birth of recruitment agencies after the second world war, recruitment has undergo a number of changes and improvements over the years. The 1950s saw the CV become an necessity for all vacancies, and the first job advertisements appeared in 1970 newspapers.

Technology has played an incremental role in improving the hiring process. From Microsoft Word to the internet, technology has changed the way we connect with others. Our friends have put together a useful infographic charting the technological advancement that have evolved the recruitment industry.

What do you think was the most significant tech leap for recruitment? For me, Google has revolutionised how we engage with each other, allowing employers to reach candidates quicker than ever. For candidates, discovering a job online is quicker than ever.


  • Apple launched one of the first PCs, the Apple 1 in 1976!
  • 20-year-old Job site Monster launched back in 1994
  • In 1996 Hotmail was released, providing email for a massive audience. Hotmail is now the world’s largest email service with with 325 million unique visitors per month.
  • Google was founded in 1998, forever changing the landscape of how we access information.
  • By 2001 70% of recruitments used online job boards.
  • In 2003 LinkedIn launched, allowing recruiters to view their candidates qualifications and experience faster than ever.

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