This morning I came across an interesting article “Meet the New Boss: Big Data” by Joseph Walker in The Wall Street Journal.
The article discusses how more and more companies are using algorithms to hire new employees. Before Big Data, hiring managers used a person’s past employment history and personality along with their “gut” to make the final decision on which person they hired. With Big Data, companies are able to craft questions that explore personalities and beliefs at levels unseen in the past.
Companies using Big Data to hire employees are seeking an alternative way to reduce churn cost and to select applicants that will most likely stay in the position. Call Centers have found success using Big Data to weed out individuals that will have to travel long distances to work each day. All of the companies mentioned in the article experienced beneficial results from Big Data screening programs. Big Data allows companies to become more efficient in their hiring practices which saves time and money.
Big Data for hourly positions is just the starting point as companies continue to utilize algorithm programs for hiring purposes. Employees will need to understand how the system works and that our prior work experience may have little to no influence on landing the next job.
I believe Big Data will continue to impact how companies recruit and hire employees. The resume has become obsolete. Recruiters use LinkedIn for candidate searches which is no surprise since LinkedIn leads the social media pack outpacing Twitter and Facebook.
Managing your data online is more important than ever. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is update and current. Look at other profiles that read well and learn from these individuals. Professional photos are a must.. please not recent vacation pics. Individuals must work to manage their online professional profiles especially if you are looking for a new position.
Big Data will continue to crawl across the Internet collecting all our data and then compiling it for employers and marketers to use whether we like it or not.