As 2017 starts, the talent acquisition industry is filled with new technology choices. And it looks like the leaders who focus on incorporating them into their current recruitment efforts are going to be ahead of the game.

When asked where the majority of their talent acquisition budgets will be spent this year, many business leaders say they plan to concentrate on traditional strategies like posting and advertising on job boards, and working with recruiting agencies. However, nearly 40% of those same leaders, according to LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends report, say that if money were no object they would prefer to focus on new technology.

But treating the technology piece as a “wish list” item rather than a priority is likely to hold companies back in the long run.

Even if your current budget doesn’t allow for all the bells and whistles, or even all the basics, available with the newest technologies, incorporating small pieces over time will still be extremely beneficial. This is great news since the recruitment and talent acquisition space has stand-alone products for everything imaginable. The key to integrating them successfully, however, is to look to the future and always keep your long-term goals in mind.

Selecting the right platform needs to be your first step. According to Techopedia, “A platform is a group of technologies that are used as a base upon which other applications, processes or technologies are developed.” They go on to explain it using a personal computer as an example. Basically, a computer has a specific operating system, so the programs you want to use on that computer need to be compatible with that operating system.

Think of the operating system as the platform. You want to select a platform that is open and flexible so you can continue to add or modify options as your needs change. In addition to being able to spread out costs over a longer time period, the great thing about investing in a platform that allows you to add on stand-alone products at your convenience is that you don’t have to have all the answers about what you need before you actually know what you need.

If you’re not sure where to start, or just want to learn more about the kinds of technology services available, Techopedia has some excellent information about cloud computing and technology-oriented solutions.

In addition, you can contact us here at TalentCircles to discuss the benefits of selecting a cloud-based, open platform, as well as which of the many types of stand-alone products now available for the recruitment and talent acquisition industry would be right for you.

Call us at 415-835-0202 or email us at and we’ll help you begin to incorporate the best of breed into your organization.

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