Recruitment World - Maybe we should leave it to the robots?
Its certainly a talking point at the moment. Time to shut up shop the Robots are coming. Who needs a recruiter when you have artificial intelligence and automation. There is no doubt technology and its rate of change and development is currently staggering. Inspiring in fact if you happen to be a bit of a gadget, technology nut or avid watcher of BBC’s Click! Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn also proves that there is no shortage of investment when it comes to accessing the recruitment world either. The big boys are definitely interested in disrupting our marketplace but maybe a bit like the LinkedIn story they might find themselves in bed with it rather than replacing it.
The focus always seems to be at the extreme end of the scale with stories of mass unemployment at the hands of automation or the need for governments to fund citizens lifestyles because of the death of jobs. In our world it always comes down to the question of will it be the end of recruitment, but what about maybe just the end of recruitment as we know it? Which as we all know is nothing new as it changes daily, we are one of the few industries that embraces change although sometimes you do need to remind yourself of that fact. Overall I would say we are pretty good at embracing that change and new technologies. But I do think we are going to have to get better and quicker at it. Because behind those rapid changes of industry lies the intoxicating elixir of opportunity.
The obvious one being getting on the technology train first. Which in someways is the holy grail but quite often short lived, less you invented it! LinkedIn again springs to mind. The second being the continued increase in complexity of what we do and the need for experts to do it. Or in other words the galvanising of our craft. The moment one technology does a job another will arrive that can improve on it. The holders of all technologies that are appropriate to the job in hand will be in demand surely? So our craft may change but will there still be a demand to find and acquire the right skills? Most probably. Will relationships be at the heart of bringing parties together in a work capacity even if it is for a piece of work or a ‘gig’ or a task? Maybe not in every case but certainly in the majority and the keepers or drivers of those in the present world are the recruiters, internal recruiters and HR professionals. Stay on top of our game then we will be in the future.
But also don’t forget about the new expertise and new industries that will be created, all of which will demand skill-sets that are on the fore-front of technology, many not even thought of yet. I certainly never imagined catching a taxi hailed via a handheld device whilst getting messages from work, friends and family on my watch when I left school in 1985. I dreamt of it or something like it but didn’t believe it! So how on earth can we comprehend the opportunities in 2049? Or indeed how could my Careers officer back then understand what skills would be needed to do what has already been done. All are opportunities and problems that we will solve. Not by leaving it to someone else or something else but by embracing it, giving it a go and innovating. So when you hear of a new technology being banded about why not view it as the potential opportunity it may well be and give it a go. Whats the worst that could happen recruitment world?
Daniel Griggs is founder of Delta Genesis Consulting sharing recruitment knowledge by offering the recruitment world and users of recruitment services access to mentoring, managerial, training and executive support on an advisory, interim or non-executive basis. He has over thirty years professional business-to-business experience having been in the Recruitment world since his first role in 1989. He has worked for small, medium and global staffing businesses developing an in-depth knowledge of the industry. Holding roles that have seen him progress from consultant to board level whilst recruiting, training, managing, directing and developing businesses both domestically and internationally in several sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and a Business Mentor for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). You can also follow him on twitter @DeltaGenesisCon
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