You invest in tools to send more emails and messages. They set up dummy addresses or just filer you out.
You buy AI to sort and rank applicatios. They use AI to optimize their application for the role to get the best possible rank.
You use AI to write a job posting that. will appeal to the most people. They use AI to write a resume that will be the most appealing to companies.
You use tools to float push more jobs out to more boards automatically. They use tools to apply to more jobs automatically.
You build processes to allow recruiters and sourcers to weed out a resume in 6 seconds. They send you applications by video and Tik Tok to slow you down.
You buy testing tools that don’t really resume your own dev process to screen candidates for tech skills. They “train to the test” to ensure a good score even if their actual ability isn’t as good.
Welcome to the recruiting arms race:
- Your goal is to attract the “right” or the “best” candidates to your job.
- Their goal is to maximize their choices and get the “best” offers.
Every sexy (and expensive) new tool you see is a response to the issue of not finding the right talent or enough talent. And every one of those tools can be defeated by competing tech.
You buy tools, they counter the tools, so your only option is to buy new tools. The proof? Look at your TA budgets over the last 10-15 years: they are growing at a rate that rivals college tuition. And are we actually any better than we were a year ago? Or will the next tool you buy be that magic silver bullet which will finally solve all your problems?
The terms" arms race" is a misnomer: it suggests a war that can be won. We think of the Cold War and think how spending trillions on military won the day. It didn’t. Our spending forced them to spend and it was a game of who’s country could survive the longest while bearing the burden of such high military budgets. We were playing Self-Roshambo: each side kicking and hurting themselves and hoping that the pain we felt could be tolerated than the similar pain the other felt. Arms races are races to see who can burn resources the longest, making them races you don’t actualy win.
So what’s the answer?
Your tech stack will not solve your recruiting issues, so stop spending money on your tech stack.