It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner again; another year to be thankful for what we have. In the staffing industry, a few tools and technologies created over the past few years have made our jobs a bit easier, not only on the recruiting side, but also on the candidate side. For that, we are thankful. Here’s a look at three tools and technologies that have helped those of us in staffing be better at our jobs:
LinkedIn is an excellent social networking website for business professionals. A “professional Facebook” if you will, it has given qualified candidates the opportunity to upload a resume, highlight job skills, search job postings, research company information and network with co-workers, managers and recruiters alike at the same time. It’s also a resourceful tool to find passive candidates not found in a database or on a job board. According to Forbes Magazine, “LinkedIn is, far and away, the most advantageous social networking tool available to job seekers and business professionals today.”
Who would have thought we would see the day when a professional interview could be conducted in your living room. Skype has given us the capability to connect with people via the web and thus saves both candidates and clients time, effort and thousands of dollars in interview expenses. Skype is also a valuable tool in pre-screening candidates to analyze communication skills, body language and professionalism. More and more clients are utilizing Skype to create a more professional interview environment and thus weed out any potential unqualified candidates before it gets too far. As a result, Skype has certainly changed the interview process.
Smartphones have been around for a while, but it seems like now everyone has one. Whether it’s an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, the ability to communicate efficiently has been very accommodating to recruiters and job seekers through the use of smartphones. It’s hard enough to communicate quickly with our busy lives as is; throw in a workday and it’s almost impossible. Smartphones have given candidates the ability to be mobile—search the web for job postings, text recruiters rather than call and respond via e-mail— right from their phones throughout the search process. Smartphones have also made everyone more accessible to each other, as sometimes the only way to communicate during the day or off hours is through a cell phone call or digital communication.
These three tools and technologies, although very simple, are becoming more of the norm in the ever-changing world of staffing, and are all reason to be thankful this holiday season.
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