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From HR Tech: Why is Hiring Still So Hard?

Monster’s Chris Cho joined other leaders at HR Tech to discuss the challenges the industry still faces decades after the launch of online recruiting.

From HR Tech: Why is Hiring Still So Hard?

The HR Technology Conference takes over Las Vegas each fall, a dazzling extravaganza that's all about looking ahead at the trends and technologies that will power the recruiting industry of tomorrow.

But sometimes, it’s good to look where we’ve come from before taking those next steps ahead.

That’s exactly what happened at HR Tech’s dynamic panel session, Two Decades (And Two Years) Later, Why Is Hiring Still So Hard? on Thursday, September 13.

While there have been so many obvious advances since Monster invented online recruiting more than twenty years ago—ATS, search, and now AI and machine learning—there's still so much more to be done to make finding talent and finding jobs easier.

With our rich legacy in the space, and our brand-new leadership team focused on reinvention, Monster was a perfect fit for talking about both the past and the future. Our Chief Product Officer Chris Cho, who came to HR Tech to preview our innovative Monster Studios video product, joined iCIMs’ Susan Vitale and Jobvite’s Matt Singer in a lively discussion led by Kinetix’s CHRO Kris Dunn.

It was riveting, and if you couldn’t be there, here’s one insight from each of the panelists:


Technology created the STEM labor shortage

Matt Singer, VP of Marketing, Jobvite

"The internet led to this new era of information and what we didn’t expect was the change of jobs needed. Now there’s a shortage of STEM labor. People’s skill sets haven’t evolved. Retraining, immigration, they’re a monster problem for us…The fact that the gig economy is thriving when we have tens of thousands of open technical jobs available is a big problem."


AI can’t solve everything

Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer, iCIMS

“There are some good applications of AI but it’s not the solution for everything. Chatbots are good for people who are up at 3am and need a few simple questions answered. Texting to apply is a great application. AI has great use cases for matching. But not to find the only candidate that you want to hire. It’s not for everything.”


Millenials and Gen Z are redefining our work

Chris Cho, Chief Product Officer, Monster

“Millennials and Gen Z think differently about occupations. More and more, it’s important for all of us to realize that job ads and resumes can’t be static. They need to capture and progress with the seeker as they grow. Monster will be at the forefront of this by understanding that job seekers have more opportunities we can interlace, from career-pathing to developing professional training and more."


Look out for more thoughts from our Chris Cho in the coming months as we continue to evolve our company for the needs of today and tomorrow. In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more about Monster Studios, please reach out to your Monster recruiting specialist.