The Future of Job Search

We live in an era of constant change, which increasingly occur with greater speed and intensity. One of the main reasons is the increased global knowledge and the spectacular technological advances, which modify the interactions between people, groups and institutions. These transformations can pose advantages and disadvantages, and usually the most positive prevail in the long term.

Until recent decades job search used to be a simple task, consisting to personally go to the company in which one wanted to work and talk directly with any manager or fill out an application. People used to work in the area where they lived because specialization was not as important as today. Most people could adapt to any type of industry located in the neighborhood or city.

As globalization and relocation of businesses started to increase it was more and more necessary for the companies to recruit skilled workers. It was not so easy as before for a new employee to fit into the requirements of the company. So, they started to ask for a detailed CV to know if the candidate could be useful for them. Job agencies started to proliferate to facilitate both companies and workers to get in touch.

The next big step came when Internet appeared in our lives. Classical job boards provide a great variety of offers and applying for them can be done directly from home. Companies also can manage dozens of user profiles quite easily. Social networks also has greatly helped to give more connectivity and information for all.

Now the question is: can this be improved? If so, how will people look for a job in the future?

Probably the trend will be intelligent systems based on Big Data that will search for us. They will find the perfect candidates for the companies and the right opportunities for job seekers. Perhaps they will work fine entering very little information about the users, they will simply ask for general preferences. They could extract a lot of data from social networks and other sources without user interactions so they will offer great results with minimum efforts.
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Sent on March 15, 2016
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