Talman Tidbits

As someone who is always fascinated by the possibilities of machine learning, I ask myself how computer intelligence will seep into the recruitment world and in what form. In today’s current climate, there’s no doubt in my mind that a human recruiter can deliver a lot of insight on the company culture for a candidate’s benefit. A machine can’t fully comprehend certain elements that make for an outstanding fit like culture. Yet.

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In the recruitment business, I’m always talking to a lot of people who are trying to figure out what to do next in their professional lives. They’ll frequently say, “I think I should be doing something different but not sure what.” Not long after, they’ll proceed to talk about a variety of options they’re considering.

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It’s interesting that so much of what we know seems to be defined by the past rather than educating ourselves on what the future holds. It’s natural that we’ll have accumulated a lot of knowledge through school and our experiences, but if we don’t know how to think about what’s next out there for our industries and our own professional goals, what happens? We get comfortable. Too comfortable. We put ourselves in a box for our careers and all the possibilities that lie ahead because the idea of shifting gears is too foreign or scary. I know the signs of this self-limitation when I hear candidates say things like, “Oh, I’m just an IT guy” or “I work in healthcare technology, but I could never work in financial technology.”

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