I have a confession to make. I’m a digital hoarder. It’s bad—really bad. Multiple repositories hold my stash, photos to documents spreadsheets filled with candidates sourced over the years.
I was horrified, almost to the point of nausea the other day, when chatting with a vendor who told me most companies purge their resumes after a set period of time. Could be 6 months, could be a year, could be 4 years. I have just virtually high-fived my admin who uploaded her 20,000 profile to our ATS, what a milestone! And to think that would be squashed.
Those resumes… those old profiles scraped from the interwebs… they’re gold to me. What isn’t a perfect fit now might be a fit several months or a year from now. Conversations started shouldn’t be deleted with the click of a button. And they’re money if you think about it. Already found, already in our database. If I can quickly extract them, re-profile, and contact… why, why, why would I even think about deleting them to re-harvest later on? Perhaps reverse logic is in order… if you want to hire a Director of Marketing, look for those who were a Marketing Manager 2-4 years back. It’s a thought process of relying on what you have.
Time-consuming? Perhaps. Our biggest challenge right now is re-profiling candidates in our ATS that seem like the right fit. There may be an answer. It may be Restless Bandit. A fascinating company that will help you extract candidates successfully from your ATS via machine learning. Brilliant in concept, I upload a req and it searches everyone in our ATS without me entering a single keyword. Rediscovering talent (I’m paraphrasing their catch phrase).
Could it work? It might. I’m kind of surprised that none of the top-notch ATS systems out there have seized on to this technology, acquired it and integrated it into their offerings. Seems like it would offer a unique twist on current ATS offerings. A game changer, truly. But instead, Restless Bandit is marketing to companies, engaging them in purchasing what is a product overlay for your ATS, at about the cost of a 10-hour part time employee barely earning minimum wage. If the product saves 40-60 hours a month, and, more importantly, scores hires you might have missed, it could change your recruiting spend.
If you’re a digital hoarder like me, and purging resumes induces nausea, take the time to look at Restless Bandit.
Kelly is an HR Pro focused on recruiting Temp and Executive Talent in the Hospitality Industry and a 10 year writing veteran on FOT.