The Evolution of Recruitment


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Recruitment has been on quite the journey through the years.

Born out of a need to recruit soldiers in WWII, its purpose has gone from warfare to the workplace in a moderately short space of time. 

To get a clearer overview of where we stand today, we take a look back at its evolution.  


Following soldier recruitment, a word-of-mouth style of advertising that sought out society members to fill soldiers’ job vacancies came to fruition. 

Once the war was over, it was the war veterans that needed the job placements. This was the first of the recruitment consultants, who spent their time finding new employment opportunities for those returning from war. 


It wasn’t until the 1950s that people started creating resumes, putting their profiles on paper. Although, word-of-mouth and face-to-face were still largely prominent. 


With the rising economy, the 1970s saw businesses starting to outsource their hiring needs. The medium of how recruiting was advertised changed, with local newspaper advertisements and bulletin boards staking their claim. 


The fax machine gave recruiters increased reach come the 1980s. Paid advertising in newspapers became the norm, and the role of the resume had firmly established its place in society.


Kaboom. The internet arrived. Everything changed. The invention of electronic mail transformed how business was done. Online job portals and databases, a stepping stone to the tech driven world we live in today.

2000 onwards

Online job boards to social media to ‘pay-per-click’ advertising to Skype interviews. The recruitment process has been largely digitised . 

But has new technology seen us lose our way a little? At Deployed, we believe in the value of face-to-face, and pride ourselves on finding the right candidates for our clients. Aided by technology, but always with skillset and human interaction at the heart of all we do. 

With many companies turning to outsourcing to improve their business efficiencies, the recruitment evolution continues to grow. 

If you would like to learn more about how outsourcing with Deployed can help your organisation, get in touch today.


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