4 latest trends to use the Technology for Recruitment

Technology has been changing the world around us and HR is no exception to it. HR is just getting used to the move from using technology for managing back office job to using technology to give “on-demand” service to employees. Wearable embedded technology, rapid changes in social media; cloud computing , people analytics using big data are ready tochange the whole workplace.

This series of articles will focus on various aspects of HR and how technology is impacting it.

Recruitment

Trend 1: GOING MOBILE

HOW TO USE IT

Create a compelling mobile “careers” experience, and no having a mobile version of your career website is not the answer.  Have a career app which is small, interactive & easy to use. A candidate should be able to apply for a job with one click. Instead of filling a form or attaching resume, let them connect to the app using their LinkedIn profile. Add pre hiring checklists and assessments in the form of games and you’ve got them hooked to you.

Trend 2: SOCIAL RECRUITING

HOW TO USE IT

From the currently used ATS, social recruiting via Linkedin and other social networks has to be galvanized. Use data analytics and social sensing to better understand the relationship between skills, personality, and organizational culture, thus to find right candidates from available talent pool (including both active and passive candidates)

Social media can be used to give personalized experience to various candidates ( look at the examples of targeted advertisements on facebook / linkedin ) , and building personal rapport with talent pool.

Trend 3: ASSESSMENTS

HOW TO USE IT

Consider creating scoring systems based on a candidate’s social networks to find cultural fit (there are tools which can be used to analyse the social feeds of a person, likes & other data).  Build on it by using mobile based psychometric assessments.

Use various online gamification tools to identify a person’s interests, knowledge & match with job. Examples for sales: there are various scenario based tools which allows a candidate to choose the approach (will show you whether person opts for value selling or offers a cost based approach)

 Trend 4:  CANDIDATE RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

HOW TO USE IT

While various tools exist in market, and you will have your own website and hopefully a recruitment app – ensure that they talk to each other. Seamlessly integrated system, which give real time information to your candidates are the need of the hour.

Integrate all the tools that allow you to source applicants, assessing the candidates, conduct video based interviews which can be recorded for future, completing selection process and starting pre-onboarding process. The system should also link with your workforce planning and talent mobility systems (we shall talk more about these in future)

7 tips to create a job portal / ATS friendly resume

RECRUITMENT

1 Use the right keywords

The externals recruitment consultants and recruiters hiring in bulk are more likely to use keyword search on their data-bank to shortlist resumes – so ensure that your resume includes keywords that mostly appear in job descriptions.

The best way to figure out the right keywords is to go through the job postings on various job portals and find the commonalities. Use these keywords with action verbs & context to get shortlisted. Context is especially relevant to increase weight-age of keywords and increase the relevance of your resume.

PS: Keywords are usually hard skills, industry-specific qualifications, and job-specific terms employers look for in a job candidate

2 Formatting

Most of the parsing software’s find it difficult to read overly formatted documents. Try not to use headers / footers, tables, graphics & any other complicated formatting – overly formatted resume appears to be gabled text once parsed.

PS : Use rich text formatting & web-safe fonts like Arial, Georgia, Impact, Courier, Lucinda, Tahoma or Trebuchet. PDF and compressed files are not readable by most software’s.

3 Name your resume

Make your resume standout by using a simple naming technique – Fullname_Profile for which applied e.g. JohnDoe_Projectleader_CADServices.

4 Capitalization, spelling and grammar

The software will miss important keywords when they are misspelled. Similarly, wrong capitalization & grammar can confuse the software about where to end and begin a field.

5 Structure of resume

The most system friendly resume structure will have properly formatted contact information at the top

First Name Second Name

Street Address

State Zip Code

Telephone Number: Country Code City Code Number (+91 20 3333 3333)

Mobile Number: Country Code Number (+91 33 33 333333)

Customized career objective, key skills, education & work experience should follow. Ensure you do not use abbreviations in the resume as the software may not recognize it.

6 Appropriate heading

All information should fall under appropriate heading , otherwise software may get confused and put the information as incomplete. Don’t combine the headings/ categories like education & experience.

7 Get the experience counted

For each position held, even if it was within same company provide the following information

Company Name
Location
Dates
Job Title

This will help the software to recognize each job.Accomplishments should be under separate  header for each position.

Happy Job Hunting!!!