Getting a Job Based on Data or Social

Getting a Job Based on Data or Social

The world is full of interesting spaces where the current technology’s days are numbered, but what will replace it is not quite clear yet.  Take television, Like many things, the days of the traditional resume are numbered.  Take News, Media, or Television as examples that I’ve discussed before.  Today, I’ve got another one… the Resume.

It’s just not efficient in this day to create a resume, print (or PDF) it, and hand it to an employer.  The problem is there are two good reasons that this is antiquated and therefor two good models that could replace it.

  1. The data in a conventional resume is not well structured.  What I really need to understand about a potential employee is whether he or she can fulfill the job.  This is a combination of skills, experience, and talent characteristics.  Sure, a good hiring manager can tease these out of a piece of paper, but ideally the data would already exist and could be extracted from that.  The current leader in the space of organizing data on talent is Taleo (recently acquired by Oracle).
  2. In addition to the use of better data, there is a social element to hiring that can be better quantified and exploited.  As valuable as skills or experience data might be, there’s nothing more valuable than speaking with someone who has worked with an individual before and thanks to the marvels of LinkedIn this is becoming more and more possible.  I am looking for LinkedIn to continue to add more and more features that allow the service to be used for hiring.  Including things like doing automatic checks on lists of candidates or searching my network for people with applicable skills.
Realistically, the solution that wins is going to need to do both of these things.  In order for that to happen Taleo is going to have to find a way to link people, LinkedIn is going to have to get more granular in their data, or someone is going to have to beat them to a merged solution.  My money is on option #2, but they all excite me.  One of the greatest inefficiencies in the American Economy right now is the movement of talented people