What If

what if human resources

From time to time I like to think larger than one client, industry event and/or the current problem in front of me. I take 2 hours off and unplug. I usually start with a “big idea” or “big question” and I give it my undivided attention. In this case, I thought about recruiting technologies I’d like to see in the very near future.

Me, note pad, favorite pen and no distractions. No Twitter hashtags or snarky updates on Facebook. Me and my thoughts…

Here are the 12 ideas that I came up with…

  1. Universal Apply Button –Toolbar extension. Apply wherever you are. Travel the internet and as you see jobs that pique your interest… apply right from your toolbar. Boom!
  2. What’s Next – Review of resume / LinkedIn content and application suggests potential career paths. Shows linear steps. Shows future jobs and suggests training and development regiment. Boom!
  3. Double Blind – We’re both blind. As we like what we see, we decide to release more and more data to one another. Double opt in process. Peeling the match.com onion over time and with the consent from both parties. Boom!
  4. Passion First – Both candidates and hiring managers care deeply about passion. Test, score, match for passions. Only apply to jobs that fit your true passions. Boom!
  5. LinkedIn Resume Export – The one pager. Tool that grabs the most important information from LinkedIn and formats it on one page. Exports as a PDF. Boom!
  6. Career Cloud – Review of what has been done in your career, what’s been done with your friends and peer group. Shows future jobs and suggests training and development regiment. Boom!
  7. Culture Fit – Similar to Passion First but the emphasis is on Culture not necessarily passion. Test, score, match for values alignment. Only apply to jobs where you are a culture fit. Boom!
  8. Tag Cloud Generator – App reviews social footprint… Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and creates a social sharable graphic that highlights the keywords most associated with you. Boom!
  9. Buffer for Jobs – Consume the internet. Bookmark jobs that seem interesting. Apply later. Buffer application reviews all jobs and fills in the data. Apply on your terms. Boom!
  10. Gmail / Google App – Candidates CRM / Communications tool. Cover letters and thank you notes. Reminds the candidate when and how to follow up. Boom!
  11. Apply Local – Zip Code Search. One click apply to all perfectly matched jobs. The candidate knows where they want to live but NOT the open jobs in that location. We solve that for them. Boom!
  12. Apply Via Foursquare – API integration with location-based social network. The candidate can be in a location… and apply while checking in. Ask the Mayor for a JOB. Boom!

So, do you like (or hate) any of these ideas? Do you think any of them should go to market? Apologies if any of these are currently AT MARKET of course. I know a lot of things but not everything. {sic}

Lastly, this type of focused time is something I’ve done for years. It’s both relaxing and stressful but ALWAYS rewarding. Are you carving out any “big idea” time? If not, you really should. You should also floss and eat broccoli. Just FYI. Boom! (that’s a KDism… don’t hate me, hate him).

FOT Background Check

William Tincup
William is a Co-founder and Principal Analyst at KeyInterval Research. William is one of the leading thinkers on the intersection of HR and technology. William has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He’s a contributor to Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope, Human Capital Institute, Human Capitalist, LinkedIn Talent Blog, and HRExaminer and also co-hosts a daily HR podcast called DriveThruHR. Tweet him @williamtincup and check him out on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Not up to speed in the social media game? Reach out via email. William serves on the Board of Advisors for Hyphen, Bevy, Happie, Good.Co, Insynctive, Causecast, Work4Labs, PeopleMatter, SmartRecruiters, Blackbook HR, Talent Tech Labs, The Workforce Institute, and is a 2015 Council Member for The Candidate Experience Awards. He also serves on the Board of Directors for TDn2K. William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


  1. China Gorman says:

    I love the Tag Cloud Generator idea. Let me know when you find it.

  2. AFA Julie says:

    I like all of these ideas! I think the zip code tool would be wonderful and so would any of the tools that would make the application process easier. As a recruiter, I think that would help us reach more people.

  3. Andi Cale says:

    I like all of them. Favs include Buffer for Jobs, Passion First and Culture Fit!

  4. Casey Meehan says:

    Cool William… Good stuff (my fav is the foursquare idea) but also a great reminder to take a step back no matter how busy you are. This is something I seem to have lost touch of recently but I am now remembering times when taking a step back to think about possibilities (rather than nitty gritty tasks) can save time / enhance life in the long run…

  5. Deb McClanahan says:

    Good list there, Sr. Tincup!
    It would be great to see at least half of them show up in the next year or so…

  6. Heather says:

    LinkedIn does have resume export capabilities, and has had it for quite some time. http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

  7. Thanks a lot for such informative post! I’ll share this site with my friends!

  8. Steve says:

    Brilliant William. Can you imagine if the universal apply button became reality. You would be in undated with applicants from all over the world which would kill the best of ATS’s


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