There are many fields of research and terms that predict a new wave of modernization in the personnel recruitment industry. AI, data analysis software, and talent search techniques are the first to come in line when HR specialists consider their future. Another question arises: what will happen to recruitment documents that support the process?
Until a few years ago, the resume was a paper from the application file. Applicants would take the file to the company’s headquarters, find out more details at the recruiter’s office and apply for the job. Later, they would wait for a phone call, while HR specialists would literally call former employees to ask for recommendations.
Recent changes in the recruitment process
Although they’ve gone digital, resumes have pretty much remained the same. Applicants still need to outline their professional background, responsibilities and achievements, personal development aspects and education. According to IResume Cover Letter (https://iresumecoverletter.com/), tailored resumes for specific jobs are there to respond to employers’ needs for information are and unlikely to change anytime soon. They even come with templates which applicants usually research for to ease their work.
Digitalization has also led to changes in the information that HR specialists look for about applicants. Many HR specialists now go beyond work experience and look for facts such as participation in conferences and business meetups, involvement in online communities, achievements that led to creative and productive industry collaborations or results. There’s so much data available online that specialists can now also determine if a person can fit a company’s culture and values, improve the overall environment and have the right skills to do the job.
Data analysis software and databases automate and expedite the hiring process, leaving recruiters with more time to interpret more and ask less. Email verification is now as common as the use of specialized professional platforms such as LinkedIn and Indeed.
Interviews have passed the temporary and apparently unsuccessful of group forms. Recruiters now focus on asking questions which reveal how applicants react and respond. Talent is as relevant as an applicant’s background, as it demonstrates their reputation. Personal branding reveals the employer’s contribution to the entire company’s well-being thanks to their initiatives that go aside from the job description.
The future of recruitment documents
There are stages in the recruitment process which haven’t changed and have low chances to do so. Job seekers apply for an ad, wait for the phone call and only around a third of them actually receive it. The interview then comes and might lead to a shortlist or even hiring. These are the trends that predict the future of employment and recruitment documents.
Many say that the resume is a formality and wait for a trigger that sets its disappearance. However, the resume is also the starting point of any employment process. According to a study, (http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-recruiters-look-at-during-the-6-seconds-they-spend-on-your-resume-2012-4), recruiters scan a resume in only 6 seconds and look for specific keywords, such as skills and experience. Shortly after the above results appeared, the 6-second rule resume appeared. Resumes now should be readable and eye friendly, next to including essential information about employees.
The cover letter has been debated over for years now. Many predicted its extinction. Yet, the document survives recruitment trends and still manages to determine whether an applicant’s file is going to be further analyzed or not. The cover letter remains to be the only document that adds a personal touch to someone’s file. Even though most companies don’t require it anymore, applicants include a cover letter as a sign of interest and implication.
Trends that change the recruitment industry
Artificial intelligence is set to involve in many work industries and even replace some jobs soon. The automation process may take away some tasks. However, AI is not a decision-making tool. Therefore, as much as it speeds up the process, technology cannot guarantee that a yes or no leads to a quality employer that makes significant changes to the company.
While waiting for technology and AI to come up with proposals, recruiting software is more and more advanced and widespread. Companies use employment search and tracking software that come up with relevant information about applicants. The software looks more for impressive individuals rather thank general skills and achievements. Mobile recruiting also gains popularity as many look for jobs on their phone, instead of laptops, tablets or home desktops.
Interviews take different forms as questions focus on talent. Moreover, there’s even a new position which improves the recruiting process – talent advising. The talent advisor consults with managers on how to improve talent outcomes in the company and explore the external talent market. This approach improves business outcomes and recruiters consider becoming experts in talent advising. Actually, recruiting now takes different directions to better fit the companies and industries they target. Niche recruiters look for rare skills, while general recruiters are up-to-date with trends, HR market research and data gathering.
How much recruitment documents matter for employers?
The resume and cover letter may take different shapes. However, they provide the first bit of information about prospective employees. They later become team members and even leaders and some other person’s job will be easier if talent and performance management only come with positive results.
Hiring automation is right around the corner and even blinks at some companies who use software and AI to track potential applicants. Yet, recruiters are there to come up with the fittest person for a job and guarantee for their results. Generations change and now the newcomers to the employment markets are the members of Generation Z (their maximum age is 22). Such future employers value technology as a tool for their purposes, rather than millennials who integrated tech into their lives by any means. Recruiters are and will stay smart and lose some of those demanding tasks for higher results.
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