How does the evolution of your staffing tech stack… stack up?
How has it evolved over the last decade? Over the last 100 years?
Recruitment and staffing have existed far longer than you may think, dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans, seeking soldiers for military service.
The recruitment we are more familiar with today was a product of World War II with vast vacancies left by those who went to fight.
The purpose of recruitment has not really changed: to fill open positions with qualified candidates. But the process in which positions have been filled today versus in the past has drastically changed thanks to technological advancements.
Evolution of Job Boards
Newspapers, rolodexes, bulletin boards, business cards, phone calls, and word-of-mouth . . . all ways that recruitment used to post jobs and open positions. The difficulty was not only in timeliness, but also in reach. Everything was very localized, possibly within a city or county, maybe even to a state, but trying to find qualified candidates sometimes felt harder than finding a needle in a haystack.
As computers and the world wide web emerged, the recruitment industry took off. Not only could recruiters and companies post jobs, the access was now global. The candidate pool grew exponentially. But there was still tedious work. Lots of job boards, managing subscriptions, uploading and posting the same information over and over again.
As developers focused on automation, even the most tedious of tasks have since been able to be completed in seconds, or rather, a few clicks. For example Tracker’s Job Board Post and Website Integration and Jobs+ features, which automatically creates a post-ready job, optimizes it for SEO, and publishes it to company websites and job boards.
Technology has taken a part of the recruitment process that would have taken weeks in only a decade or two ago and now completes it in mere minutes.
How is your technology saving you time with job board posting (and sourcing)?
Evolution of Interviewing
The interviewing process has probably been one of the most time-consuming tasks in recruitment, even to this day. It’s also been a process that hasn’t changed as much as other aspects in recruitment, but has recently experienced some great tech advancements.
From scheduling the actual interview to conducting and recording notes from it, the whole process would take weeks from beginning to completion – maybe even months depending on the qualifications needed and the interviewing process. This time didn’t even account for working with the company to select the candidate, possible second interviews, and reference checks.
It may seem like this part of the recruitment process would never be able to be simplified through technology. Especially considering the very nature of interviewing face-to-face. But historically speaking, we’ve seen many advances in technology with the onset of crisis – such as the pandemic.
And that’s exactly what happened. Between third-party apps like Zoom, Teams, and Skype, video interviewing became a necessity when in-person contact was prohibited, forcing recruitment firms to rely more on tech.
At Tracker, we’ve taken tech in interviewing a step further with our Collaboration Features, which include video interviewing, video resumes, and video emails. Skip the hassle of scheduling and send out specially curated interview questions to multiple candidates and sit back and relax while they record their interview, upload, and send back. Everything is easily tracked and the feature allows for comments, ratings, and sending to clients.
Technology has allowed the interviewing process to become convenient for all parties without sacrificing the essentials.
Evolution of Tracking Candidates
Probably the most tedious of tasks was candidate tracking. From written notes to typewriter reports to manually entering information in Excel, tracking has always been essential to ensuring you have the best candidate for a position.
Unfortunately in the past, and even for some recruiting firms still yet, it takes a lot of time.
There’s also a lot of room for outdated information as candidates constantly update their skill sets and job histories.
Not only has technology allowed for more accurate and up-to-date candidate tracking, it’s also allowed for more sophisticated candidate sourcing.
Using an ATS like Tracker with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation, recruiters can:
- Build candidate profiles through auto resume parsing
- Rank the most qualified candidates using custom searches and skills profiling
- Automatically match candidates to your open positions through Auto Match and Watchdogs
- Scour the web for opportunities for already established candidates to enable faster placement
Evolution of Analytics
And we can’t leave out one of the most important benefits technology has fulfilled: real-time data reporting.
How can you improve if you don’t know where you are?
Reporting at your fingertips through technology has allowed recruiting companies to see where they are successful and quickly identify areas for improvement or more focus.
Before technology, reporting consisted of many hours of collecting data, analyzing it, confirming with team members, and then putting it in an easily-read format for the team.
Now, with the right tech, all of your reporting is available 24/7 with the click of a button. And, by the way, it should be pretty too.
Evolution of Your Staffing Tech Stack
At the end of the day, the recruitment process itself has truly never changed. Every step from job posting and sourcing candidates to interviewing and re-engagement is vital to the success of the client and candidate.
Through the use of technology, recruiters are able to focus on recruiting instead of tedious tasks that may result in missed opportunities or the inability to scale.
As we continue to advance our technology, it will be interesting to see where it takes the recruitment and staffing industry from here. As we’ve witnessed over the past year and half, we’re already seeing a big shift in the use of tech to support teams, processes, and placements.
More to come….
Tracker offers intuitive and time-saving features to support your recruitment team in redeploying and reengaging your most qualified candidates, efficiently. Our multitude of candidate tracking, engagement, and management features allow you and your team to work smarter, not harder for all around success.
Tracker is a leading recruitment and applicant tracking software designed for staffing and recruiting agencies of all sizes. Our industry-leading support, onboarding and technology will improve both your recruitment speed, process and quality. With over 15 years of experience, our ATS System is built with you in mind.
Want to see how Tracker can evolve your staffing tech stack? Contact us for a free demo. 👇