Recently I attended Monster's Innovation Day to gain a sense for what's happening in the world of online job posting and recruiting.
Glad I did.
I learned new technology is enabling a few very helpful improvements to the matching process between employer and candidate.
If it works as well as it's described, submitting your resume to a corporate site won't be the black hole it is today. And more impressive, companies will also better be able to manage talent internally. They'll know more about the talent they have inside the company walls today and potential matches for the business needs of tomorrow. This will directly influence investments and training.
It all has to do with semantic search which unlike Boolean search, enables content and context to be utilized and analyzed to find results. No longer is it just about key word searches on resumes when companies want to find the right candidates eternally or externally. The latest tools can actually sift through databases of employee & candidate information in seconds & provide intelligently ranked results.
Crazy? Not really. Think of it this way, when you do a google search now, you get thousands of pages of results and not all quality. Well, with semantic search you get quality not just quantity. Did I mention Google just announced they are moving to semantic search?
So what does this mean to you?
Your chances of being found for the right job are increasing as technology gets smarter. You also won't have to agonize over resume key words like and sorry, you won't be able to "game the search systems" with creative uses of white space.
Overall it still comes down to managing your career to be found for the opportunities that fit the elements of your ideal career. You still need to find your passion and work to get those relevant skills and experience on your resume as you work towards your ideal career. But, we can all be glad technology is on our side in finding a match made in heaven (or on Monster.com.)