Technology streamlines recruitment

But tech savviness required to reach right candidates
By Susan Grant
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2011

Technology has fundamentally changed the way organizations look for and acquire talent and the way jobseekers hunt for work. Before web-based job boards and applicant tracking systems, recruiters had to rely on print advertising and Rolodexes to fill open positions. Candidates had to spend a lot of time searching newspapers and trade publications for appropriate opportunities and mailing letter after letter.

The advent of online job boards, social media platforms and increasingly sophisticated and powerful smartphones have made the process more streamlined and efficient.

There are a number of different tools that provide access to prospective candidates, their work experience and other credentials. LinkedIn, a popular online site for working professionals, has more than 90 million members and a strong presence in Canada. These sites allow for different types of networking opportunities through personal contacts and groups, as well as communicating job openings. Recruiters can also access public data indexed in popular search engines, providing additional ways to network and find the right candidate.