Here’s a thought: is e-harmony going to put me out of a job?
I heard Len Brody speak last week. He was fantastic. He says he is not a futurist but he spends a lot of time talking about the future. He quoted a study that said that by 2014, half of all marriages will be relationships that started online.
Does that mean that creating good employment relationships could become the domain of monster or Workopolis? Instead of uploading your resume or writing a cover letter, you will just fill in a serious of questionnaires with check boxes. Employers will fill in a similar list of questions and voila! Possible matches will be available for review.
Sounds simple, right?
Maybe but not really possible. Nope, the human element is not going to be removed from the recruiting process anytime soon.
My sister says human review beats design rules every time. She says that the human mind will always be able see flaws or consequences that were not anticipated in the design. Human review in the hiring process allows us to identify candidates who bring non-traditional but potentially effective skills to a role.
The other key part that the recruiting industry plays in the process is to make introductions to people who are not necessarily looking for a date. People who are heads down working or just plain entrenched. We also get out into the market to talk about companies that are doing interesting things but are flying just under the radar.
If there was a drop-dead gorgeous opportunity just around the corner, would you want to hear about it directly or wait until you logged on to your e-hiring site and hope that you checked off all the right boxes?