Think about the first job that you ever got. How did you get it?
If you were a teenager, you might have filled out a paper application, even showing up in person to do so. Then you probably met with someone and scheduled an interview. If it was post-college or even later in life, you might have (if you’re old enough) have responded to an advertisement in a newspaper, sending in a resume, cover letter, and references—while you then sat and waited to hear from someone about an interview.
Of course, a lot of that has changed. While you can still find jobs that require you to fill out a paper application, most of the time now that process—even for professional positions—has shifted to the internet.
People fill out the information about themselves online. They even look for jobs online. And while their parents or their grandparents may have found that one job and stuck with it for decades, today’s employees change jobs about 12 times in their career, which translates into a new position about every four years. Things just aren’t the same.
Like we mentioned, that change has affected all parts of the job search. As a human resources professional, you used to have to wade through stacks of resumes or even scroll through a Rolodex. And now, everything might come to you online. But while that might sound confusing or frustrating, what’s changed for the better is the use of technology to do some of the work for you.
Now when potential candidates apply for a job, artificial intelligence can do an initial sort for you and figure out if they even have some of the basic skills that are necessary to fill the position.
If not, you won’t even have to look at them. Some experts are predicting that in the future, artificial intelligence will do much more than simply sort through skills in our society.
They’ll be able to “read” a resume to make some predictions about the suitability of a candidate for a job. They’ll also be able to identify candidates that perhaps you hadn’t even thought of. So what does that mean for job seekers and human resources professionals (and their companies) alike?
This graphic offers some insights about what the future of job hunting (and finding the perfect candidate) may look like in the coming years and decades for our society.