Job Search Trends–Something New?

At the rate websites proliferate today, you might have missed this new entry in the category of job search trends: Bright.com. I did! Until now, anyway. I actually started out reading an article on Fast Company, titled “5 Stupid Reasons You’re Underpaid–And How To Fix Them,” and the author said, ” Check out Glassdoor and Bright for background and talk to friends and colleagues in the field–knowing your worth is key to career planning.”

I’d heard of Glassdoor, but Bright? Not in terms of job search or anything else along those lines. I followed the link to the Bright.com website. While I have to say I don’t yet know anyone personally who has used Bright.com in his or her job search, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of what I found.

Bright Labs–New Job Search Trend?

It seems that in 2012, Bright.com launched something called Bright Labs. Here’s an excerpt from their press release:

“Bright Labs is a bi-weekly updated set of interactive tools, infographics, and analyses on the current employment landscape. Bright’s team of data scientists utilizes data from social networks, stock prices and volumes, real estate and construction, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and a variety of other sources to create a holistic assessment of the employment market and to reveal trends and scientific findings. One of the cornerstones of Bright Labs is the Bright Employment Index, which tracks the overall job market and provides a monthly snapshot of fluctuations within any given industry.”

As if that didn’t sound impressive enough, here’s what the press release also says about a concept called The Bright Score, which the company came up with:

The company “has processed over 15 million job descriptions and more than two million resumes, all of which gives the site one of the most insightful and up-to-date perspectives on the jobs landscape. Bright.com has generated more than 20 million Bright Scores, used by job candidates to assess whether or not a job opening is the right fit and by talent recruiters and HR professionals to efficiently evaluate thousands of job applicants and find the most qualified candidates.”

Technology Taking Over Your Job Search?

I’m full of questions today and not much in the way of answers so far. But enough about Bright.com! What does this say about job search trends?

Some people would consider it just more evidence that technology is taking over job searching, and they might have a point. The Internet, social media and other technology trends have had a huge impact on the way many of you conduct your job search–not to mention how you perform your job once you actually land one. It has certainly become important–if not essential–that you develop a reasonable level of competency in using technology tools to manage your career and the various job changes you either have gone through or will go through during that career.

At the moment, however, one critical point about technology and your job search comes to my mind: Technical tools don’t hire other technical tools–people are what need to be hired, and once hired, they have to work with other people. So somewhere, at some point, people need to connect with people. Technology can’t do it all–and I suspect that some of what it can do is not as hugely superior to human interactions as its proponents would like to claim.

As I’ve said before, I’m definitely not anti-technology. I’d just like to see a better balance between it and the people it’s supposed to serve–especially when situations such as your job search are involved.

2 Comments on “Job Search Trends–Something New?

  1. Thank you for your post, Georgia. I agree, I just can’t believe it has come to technology to pick and choose who you are going to interview. It is very disheartening and angering when I am ready, willing and able to talk to live bodies so I can get a job and I am reduced to filling out online applications only to know that you might be chosen if the software picks up on the right key words. I have been door to door to both companies and agencies and I am being told to go online. What ever happened to a handshake, a courteous greeting, me handing them my resume and them looking it over, and then taking it from there? Don’t they care if I am clean, brush my teeth, have good etiquette, etc. etc. etc.? I spent over an hour for just 1 online application and they also wanted me to upload my resume. AND…they are getting way too personal with their questions…”have you applied for gov’t assistance?”……”what is your mortgage payment?”……”do you own a gun?”…what in the world? It is none of your business! what does that have to do with my skills and experience and what I have to bring to the table? Wow is all I can say. It is tough but I will keep plowing away and keep uploading and filling out applications until I get a bite. I think persistance is what we have to hold onto in these bad times!

    Sincerely,
    Jeannie

    An Unemployed American Patriot

    • Jeannie, I think there’s still room for the “human touch,” but a lot of companies seem to have forgotten it or only pay lip-service to it at best. The trick is to find the ones that really believe in and practice it!