From the glory days to digital disruption - 10 years of rec tech

Jonathan Raynor, Business Development Manager, Dynistics explains to Recruitment Grapevine how recruitment technology has evolved over the past ten years…

Somethings never change and, ten years ago, it all seemed to be going exactly that way. 2007 produced one of the wettest summers on record, which was perfectly represented by Rihanna’s chart topping song Umbrella. No surprises there then.

The British economy was booming, unemployment rates hovered around five per cent and UK recruiters revelled in the so called ‘glory days’. Technology hadn’t gripped the recruitment world and life seemed, well, simple. It was a time when decision makers were accessible and didn’t live behind an army of snarling gate keepers, clients would make quick decisions on their hiring needs and we were all rather plump from one too many lunch clubs at London’s finest restaurants. How did I ever thrive in this tech-less environment?

Well, for the short time I didn’t have my phone attached to my ear, I’d be required to send several emails to confirm my placements and I scoured job boards in search of my next superstar candidate. It was pure bliss.

So, what changed between 2007 and 2017? Well, just about everything. From the ashes of global financial crisis, rose a new era of digital globalisation that has impacted the life of recruiters in pretty much every way possible.

2007 was a seminal year in this seismic digital shift. The iPhone, Kindle and Hadoop all launched while social media giants Facebook and Twitter went global. This facilitated the rise of supersized corporations, employing tens of thousands, that consumed the tech hungry and reshaped entire industries.

While it still might be raining this summer, recruiters are starting to embrace the change and some are now mobile, social selling ninjas that use AI and big data to drive growth. However, it’s those that are stuck in 2007, unwilling to adapt, that will struggle to survive the next 10 years.

I say buckle up on the road to 2027. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

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