Hiring workers has always been a tricky element of business ownership. Hiring the right people for the right jobs takes a little skill and time to develop as a new entrepreneur.
The mercurial nature of the perfect hire has been enough of a problem for many that technology has often stepped in to try and bridge the gap between employees and employers. As a result, hiring practices have changed drastically in recent years.
In today’s blog, I’ll dive into the nature of hiring and how technology has changed the employment landscape, for better or for worse. If you’re a business owner looking for a new way to bring in new staff, this could be your ideal blog!
Arguably, the most significant change to the employment landscape has been the rise of social media in the digital sphere. Many businesses will often post job openings on sites like Linkedin, Facebook, and even Twitter or Instagram, reaching a massive number of candidates in a single swoop.
In many ways, social media platforms have made it easier for employers to see what they’re investing in with potential employees. Social media platforms often give fairly thorough rundowns of qualifications and work history.
However, I’d argue they also provide too much choice to the employer. Many job ads are met with hundreds of replies in the current market, leading to an overly picky employer base that can be easily overwhelmed by the number of replies they receive.
To help sift through the larger pool of applicants, many business owners now rely on a hiring process that goes beyond the simple interview – pre-employment testing.
For software developers or jobs with focused skill sets, pre-employment testing is a vital tool for many businesses to understand their potential employees and something that wouldn’t have been possible without the advent of the digital age. Services such as Zoom and Skype have made it feasible to assess potential employees digitally, giving employers across the globe far greater insights into their candidate’s skill sets.
If you’re a business owner with a large international group of employees, you’re well aware of how vital digital communication platforms like Zoom are for hire.
For employees, the hiring process can often feel like they’re being left in the dark at the best of times. Resumes are exchanged, and interviews are organized, yet it often feels like the terms of engagement are strictly in the hands of employers.
Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with employers having control over who they hire, but it can be nice for potential employees to feel informed about their progress.
Thankfully, applicant tracking systems have been a mainstay for many major companies, giving both the employer and potential employee a greater degree of insight into how well their application is being managed.
That’s it for today’s entry! Check out my other blogs for more thoughts on the latest development in the digital industry and the challenges of entrepreneurship in the online world.
Until then, see ya later!