The rise of the robot is prompting a lot of speculation about the future of work. Some people are claiming that automation is likely to lead to job losses and that we should prepare for that. Others argue that new technologies will create as many jobs as they destroy, following on from previous trends.
The trouble is, the economy we have always known is fading and the big companies now tend to be the tech giants, who are not necessarily big employers. For example, Facebook has 12,000 employees and Google employs less than 60,000 globally. Also, these companies tend to employ people as and when they are needed, rather than permanent jobs that can last 20+ years.
Whatever happens, it is becoming more and more unlikely that paying work will be offered on the same terms as in the past, where people could build a career with a single company across a lifetime.
It’s not just the kind of jobs we do that is changing. The way a company recruits new employees has changed hugely in tune with technology, and this is unlikely to stop any time soon. Increasingly, traditional CV and interview techniques are being abandoned as companies use new forms of data aggregation to find employees.
This new phase of recruitment is based on the idea that any data an individual creates whilst online can be harvested and interpreted and provide a better idea of a person’s suitability than traditional methods.
A New York Times article on this subject said “Today, every email, instant message, phone call, line of written code and mouse-click leaves a digital signal. These patterns can now be inexpensively collected and mined for insights into how people work and communicate, potentially opening doors to more efficiency and innovation within companies.”
But the way this data is collected and used suggests that instead of hiring a new employee for a long time, a company can now search out those who have a particular skill needed for a particular project and hire them instead, making many roles much more temporary and giving individuals much less job security.
So as technology continues to grow and change, will this become the new way to hire people, and if so, does that mean a written CV is now useless in a hiring market?