Disruption of the online talent sourcing market by social networks

Here’s  a summary of the dissertation I wrote 5-6 months ago for the Strategy and Innovation Masters Level Diploma at Oxford Said.   I’m making it public for a few reasons. Firstly, I was pretty pleased to get a Distinction for it – which means it “demonstrates a total grasp of relevant concepts and frameworks.” Secondly, although events might have moved on somewhat in the past 6 months, I am not aware of anyone having dealt with the issues raised – and I think they (we?) should.

The PDF is available here: Disruption-online-talent-sourcing-market-social-networks_Public

It’s not the easiest read, nor the most polished text, and I resisted uploading the entire dissertation (this is an extract). But please do download it and take a read if you’re interested.

If you do use any ideas or quotes herein, please do credit me as the source.  Likewise, any comments or questions, feel free to contact me:

Infographic: Innovation in the online recruitment market

Thanks for a great response to the survey.  I have included below an infographic with some of the more quantitative data. I made two £50 charity donations – firstly, to Barnardos and secondly to The Ethiopian Education Foundation – both great choices.

(c) Gareth Lloyd
(c) Gareth Lloyd

Academic survey: Innovation in the online recruitment market

Interested in online recruitment and innovation?

If so, I’d like to ask for your expertise and insight on a subject I am researching at the University of Oxford. This is an academic survey and I will be happy to share the results with you on completion.

The research analyses the changes in online talent sourcing driven by the use of social media, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and the strategic responses available to agencies and job boards.

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous.   I really appreciate and value your input, and please do let me know if you have any questions.

As it is so close to Christmas, I will be donating £50 to a charity chosen by a survey participant picked at random (by email address) on the closing date of Friday 4 January.


Intro to TMDR’s ART platform

ART YouTube Intro
ART YouTube Intro

Here’s the intro video for the new ART platform that we’ve been working on for a year at Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment.

There are 4 key themes to the new platform, which will power some of the UK’s top jobsites, and over 100 sites in our portfolio – handling millions of job applications per month:

– Social:  we’re experimenting with more extensive social integration than most of our competitors. Bullhorn Reach has done some interesting stuff. We’re trying to take it one stage further.

– Mobile: mobile access is exploding in the recruitment market right now, and we’re taking this very seriously – ART has distinct UIs for classic/desktop; tablet; and phone.

– Search & Match: this is the fun bit, where we have spent a lot of time working out how to better match candidates and roles.  There’s some interesting new developments in the beta version, with more to come.

– Cloud: ART’s built on a Java stack, and hosted by AWS.  To my knowledge, the first 100% cloud-based platform in our sector (of any scale).  Being cloud-based gives us flexibility to try new stuff and not worry so much about capacity planning.