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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is positively impacting recruitment

Written on July 20, 2020 by Jonathon Webley

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been disrupting both our personal and business lives for the past few years, and it seems likely it will continue to do so. In fact, one of our fastest-growing specialisms here at Agile Recruit has been IoT careers. The world is rapidly catching on to the time-saving capacities of the IoT, especially the fact it allows you to open your garage door, turn on your house lights, and put the heating on all while you are driving home from work.

A brief history of the IoT

Now, like artificial intelligence, you may think that the concept of the Internet of Things is fairly new — it is not.  The concept has been around since the mid-1980s with the phrase “Internet of Things” appearing in 1999 when Procter and Gamble employee Kevin Ashton was looking for a phrase to attract the attention of his senior management team to the RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology he was working on.

You may be surprised to learn that IoT technology doesn’t actually use the internet to communicate! In fact, the technology is based on electromagnetic fields. However, Ashton decided to use the term Internet of Things as the title of his presentation to senior managers as a way of getting them to understand the fact that items could be connected, rather than it being a reference to the internet itself.

Coming right up to date, the IoT is now the process of bringing physical objects online in order to ease the process of data gathering, automation and control. A good example of how the IoT works is a smartphone — which (if you have the right apps and settings) can be used to control your tv, lights and heating, find your nearest McDonalds and so on.  If you have IoT white goods in your home, such as a kettle and toaster that are connected to the internet, then you could also use your phone to switch them on in the morning so your breakfast is ready when you come downstairs.

But what does the IoT have to do with recruitment?

Now all of this sounds exciting, and just what a time-poor global population needs — but what does it have to do with recruitment?

Well, the IoT is already disrupting things in the Health and Automotive industry and we predict it will continue to make inroads into the mainstream over the next few years. We currently have IoT technology for smart cars, smart homes and smartphones, with plans in place for smart cities and smart grids.  It is only a matter of time before everyone will be online and connecting — a process which has been sped up with the recent lockdown measures.

All of this connectivity has really positive repercussions for recruitment — as HR professionals and recruiters adapt to the fact that more people are connecting digitally.

IoT and the recruitment process

Those recruiters who will succeed in the future are those who can adapt to a more digital way of working. Technology is key to staying ahead of the game as it not only enables us to collate information more easily but also communicate more easily.

To ensure you are ready for IoT’s impact on recruitment, you should:

  • Start to acquire the skills and hardware necessary to capture and process the data relating to candidates.
  • Hire people with IoT skills to help you create applications and software that will support you in the future — people with skills in Android, IOS and HTML programming.
  • Realise that social media is still one of the best places to find candidates, so spend time getting your social media strategy in order.
  • Streamlining the sourcing part of your recruitment process using both existing technology and technology that is in the pipeline.

For recruitment consultants, IoT means we need to be up to date with new skill sets required for related job roles such as big data analysts, compliance governance and business intelligence — all areas we have great knowledge of here at Agile Recruit.

To find your next contract or permanent role, or to fill a data specialism gap in your business, please get in touch with Agile’s expert team at info@agilerecruit.com