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HISTORY OF RECRUITMENT Millions of resumes, ePortfolios and URL will be sent out and your efforts will only be seen by a recruiter for less than 10 seconds. How to bring out the best in yourself and present them to the world? Find out more as launches its BETA.

Written information of ‘about yourself’ on pieces of paper are shown to potential employers.

Recruitment dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.



1980s Recruitment was still in its infant stage and depends largely on “word of mouth” referral and walk-in applications via printed media.


As a result of WWII, employment agencies began to advertise for workers who were not obligated to military service in an effort to fill the void in the workplace left by those who were called to duty.

Start of 1940s

1990s Microsoft Word was launched and immediately sets the standard for resume format; resumes are printed out and shown to potential employers The 1980’s saw a shift toward focus on direct measures of writing. This meant looking at actual samples of students writing for assessment and evaluation. The Portfolio was introduced as a means to respond to these growing needs.

At the peak of the Internet boom, recruitment for programmers, system analysts, designers, drafters, computer programmers and engineers picks up exponentially. Sending PDF resumes became a popular alternative instead of Microsoft Word. Email becomes the most popular way to send a resume.

The end of the war led to an influx of workers returning from the army, many with new skills that could be applied to the blossoming technology field. Headhunting companies became popular as a response to the growing workforce.

Mid 1940s

2000s ePortfolios starts to flourish in education and training contexts, where eportfolios are learnercentered and outcomes-based. But given their developmental stage, ePortfolios function as both an archive and a developmental repository that is used for learning management and reflections purposes only.

Resumes are expected as a form of personal branding. In order to stand out, resumes start to include interests and hobbies.



Recruitment enters the era of “survivor of the fittest”, whereby the best way to be seen is personal branding.

Personal branding, SEO and digital footprint enters the picture. Social media takes center stage when it comes to recruitment.

Innovative versions of resume in the forms of weblogs/ website resume and video resume starts to emerge.

Professional headlines or introduction replaces resume objectives for all forms of resume.

Headhunting agencies worked in service of those seeking employment until the strong economy of the 1970s led to a shift from working for the employee to working for the employer as large corporations began outsourcing their hiring efforts to recruiting companies.

Typewriters and various digital word processors make resumes more professional and demanding.


2010 More employers are utilising social networking sites to screen potential employees. Digital resumes and infographic resumes with more multi-media inputs became popular. Creative arts industry shifts attention to portfolios and ePortfolios since it is a perfect visualization tool.

Today Concept of employability, personal branding and lifelong learning takes center stage. Social recruitment and referral hiring becomes a norm as staffing and corporate recruiters can leverage on social media to post jobs and recruit talent worldwide! A resume is no longer a mere summary of what you have done – it needs to be focused on the job targeted, making the content relevant to the hiring team's viewpoint. An often-made mistake is to develop a "one-size-fits-all" resume without tailoring it to the specifics of the job. ePortfolios extend its reach to other industries since it provide learners with a structured way of recording their lifelong learning experiences and work history.

History of Recruitment [INFOGRAPHIC]  

Recruiting began with the military and dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The birth of the modern recruiting industry...