TECHNOLOGY CHANGING THE JOB SEARCH
Twenty years ago, people tended to find jobs by way of word of
mouth. Today, mobile devices and digital platforms are changing
how Canadians look for work, and how employers find employ-ees
possessing those talents. It is important that companies
embrace technology to facilitate talent hunting while continuing
to develop and nurture relationships with prospective hires using
At the same time, 45 per cent of job seekers research and apply
for new positions through their mobile devices – which represents
a seismic shift in habits when you consider online job applications
have only been in use for a relatively short time.
Despite this shift to mobile job searches, the data shows that
Canadians do not find that it is making it easier. Employees in par-ticular
say it’s more difficult to find jobs than it was previously, and
a majority (62 per cent) find it hard to stand out from the pack
online and on social media platforms.
“Canadian companies need to take a holistic approach to how
they search for and bring on talent,” said Julien.
WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE
Looking ahead just five years, nine in 10 working Canadians
expect there to be less in-person communication and more digital
communication in workplaces. With eight in 10 seeing a variety of
ways in which technology will change workplaces in the next five
years, it’s not surprising that many Canadians expect there to be
WITH TECHNOLOGY COMES
HIRING IS STILL A HUMAN-CENTRIC
AND COMPANIES MUST
BE CAUTIOUS NOT TO
LOSE SIGHT OF THIS.
– MARC-ÉTIENNE JULIEN, RANDSTAD CANADA
a pushback against technology, recognizing a need for workplace
interactions that are tech-free and one-on-one.
In five years’ time, a majority think the following are likely:
■■ Communicating less in person and more by other
■■ Frontiers between home and work offices blurred even more
■■ Open work spaces seen more and more to
■■ Fewer permanent full-time employees, more part-time
■■ Artificial intelligence integrated into many
workplace processes n
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