Review of the afternoon sessions at #smart2013

David Henry, VP of marketing UKIE at Monster Worldwide, started the afternoon with a look at the potential of big data in recruitment. Henry told delegates that recruitment is no stranger to data – job boards alone generate millions of job search queries each month.

The issue, he said, was to make sense of the data that we generate. He talked through Monster’s semantic search tool SeeMore, which sits over the Monster suite of recruitment services.

This aims to makes sense of unstructured data from a variety of sources. Henry said there was a huge potential for employers to use data to place internal candidates but that internal performance data on employees was poor. He said employers spend huge amounts of money finding out about external candidates when they should be looking to get good data on internal candidates to help internal mobility and to provide predictive analytics for workforce planning i.e. using data to understand when people might leave and the skills that would be required.

Jibe CEO Joe Essenfeld shared the story of his company and the work it had been doing making a great mobile experience for candidates. To do this, Jibe employed 11 engineers to build APIs for US applicant tracking systems. That means Jibe can work with the ATS to provide a seamless mobile application process. This includes the ability to upload a CV in one of five ways – via copy and paste, email, Dropbox, PDF of Linkedin profile or Google Docs.

Essenfeld said Jibe was working with UK clients and said they would be announcing a major new client in the UK in the next few weeks.

John-Paul Caffery shared this video to help explain the changing world of recruitment. He explained that agencies can use the Job Post platform to pitch their candidates to employers (crowdsource them), many of whom they would never get to pitch to because they would not be big enough to get on their preferred supplier list.

Caffery said the recruitment agencies were still relevant and there were thousands more today than there were 10 years ago.

Listen to conference moderator Alan Whitford review the afternoon sessions: