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JobsTheWord: Injecting big data into recruitment for Amazon, Jaguar Land Rover and O2

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04 March 2015

Former deputy editor

A trio of professionals with combined experience in recruitment, technology and investment generated Everline Future 50's JobsTheWord with a grand plan of using big data to shake up the jobs market and provide a better way to generate results for both employers and candidates looking for a job match.

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Name: JobsTheWord 
Industry/sector: Recruitment
Date founded: 2011
Founder: Lee Harding, Will Crandle and Keith Jones
Location: London

Hiring and job hunting can both be painful experiences, which was something JobsTheWord aimed to address when it was founded in 2011 by friends Lee Harding, Will Crandle and entrepreneur and angel investor Keith Jones.

Harding came equipped with an extensive career in the recruitment world and Crandle had detailed technical understanding of data analytics and artificial intelligence, and they felt that combined knowledge would help put an end to common frustrations experienced by employers and candidates looking for the ideal recruit or job.

The company’s big data system, in keeping with the approach to personalisation, was named after Crandle’s daughter Billie. It was developed from scratch using freely available information from across the web and comprises bespoke algorithms to discover the idea active and passive applicants for employers.

Indeed, the firm’s innovation has enabled it to attract startups right up to giant brands among the more than 750 clients, including Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson, AmEx, Amazon, Samsung and O2.

According to the company, Billie is able to analyse hundreds of millions of information snippets in various formats and extract them from the web on a daily basis, which means being at the forefront of the sector to find skills and experience required by employers regardless of the users’ whereabouts.

Harding, said: “We believe employers should not have to spend their precious time sifting through hundreds of irrelevant applications, take weeks and months to find the perfect candidate and pay thousands to hire candidates. We also believe candidates shouldn’t have to work through third party recruiters to learn about new opportunities and search thousands of job listings to discover their perfect job.

“We want to help businesses make better hiring decisions. The risks are high, the market is competitive and businesses are in a war for talent; the skills shortage is impacting the economy by £18 billion.”

The company prides itself on being a pioneer in the field, claiming to be the only UK recruitment company using data in such a way, which provides access to more than 10m rich profiles. It draws upon research that showed 92 per cent of global data created in the past two years is equivalent to over 2.7 zettabytes, thus explaining that JobsTheWord’s service can only continue to grow as research and development operations improve support to clients.

Crandle added: “We are changing the face of recruitment and technology is allowing us to do this. Our service significantly reduces the time and cost it takes to find ideal candidates for employers’ current roles and talent pools. We feel confident that our type of service will lead to the demise of job boards and change the way recruitment agencies operate in the future.”

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