During 2016 and 2017, we witnessed a continuation of large scale digitization and disruption trends in our field of business and in many other industries.
However, in my opinion, the recruitment industry is no front runner in this regard. LinkedIn has obviously shook up the search and headhunting business considerably, THANK you LinkedIn! Although we could do without many of your irrelevant updates ;-)
A lot of processes are still not digitized in most recruitment departments, and that goes for internal as well as external recruiters. This means, it is not uncommon for companies to approach recruitment in much the same way as they did 10-15 years ago, using Excel and other manual systems, often in combination with a recruitment system for selection (when candidates apply themselves). All this despite considering recruitment to be ”hardcore” with KPIs, performance targets, and in many cases, absolutely critical for companies in terms of reaching growth targets - not to mention the implications of not hiring the right people for key positions.