With all of the press surrounding the Google I/O (their annual developer conference), I came across an interview of Sundar Pichai on Verve (Pichai has taken over most day-to-day responsibilities from co-founder Larry Page). You may be thinking to yourself, “Google is cool, but why are you sharing it on a recruiting blog?” Fair enough — here’s what inspired me.
Entrepreneurship. You are either running your own desk or are a critical part of a larger team, you are entrepreneurs and business owners. You saw a gap in the market and knew you could fill it better. And while comparing yourself to Google may bring up like a gnat-on-an-elephant analogies in your mind, I always find it a great reminder that their leadership is driven by that same vision to fill a void, set back by Page and Brin when no one knew what Google was. As Pichai states, Google’s exists “to work on big problems that help solve big problems in users’ lives” and “drive technology as an equalizing force, as an enabler for everyone around the world.” WOW — I don’t know about you, but his passion and sense of purpose just jump off the screen to give me a mid-week inspiration boost!
Technology. Translating that vision into practical application means “giving people everywhere the power of Google’s machine learning whenever and wherever they need it” and “organizing the world’s information,” according to Pichai. Google has changed so much of what we do that the name is even used as a verb! From search, to ads, to Maps, to Drive and beyond — technology has changed how we do most anything in our lives, whether related to business or personal. Yet it is still only the tip of the iceberg, especially in the recruiting industry. We still operate using old databases, paper files, computer programs with a difficult user interface. Just like Google, recruiting needs the power of machine learning and organization of data. Wouldn’t it be great if our ATSs worked as intuitively as our iPhones, or were able to manage a job order as easily as we can manage our banks accounts from our phones, tablets and laptops without ever stepping foot in a physical branch? This is the gap our co-founders saw and are passionate about solving — increase efficiency and effectiveness through technology, both the user experience and the power of big data. But similar to Google, with that higher purpose of helping people achieve their greatest potential!
So, I’d encourage you — take 10 minutes out of your day for a little inspiration and thought-provocation. Are you delivering on your mission and are you ahead of the curve when it comes to empowering your business with technology?
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