Electronic Engineering Times celebrated the birth of the PC this past month. The personal computer celebrated its 25th birthday on Aug. 12, 1981.
According to Majeed Ahmad, Editor-In-Chief of EE Times-Asia, “When IBM introduced the Model 5150, it was priced at $1,565, and featured a 16bit microprocessor, 12 font styles, 8 background colors and no mouse or hard drive. No one back then really expected how much the PC would embed itself into our daily lives. Market research firm Gartner recently reported that worldwide PC shipments totaled 54.9 million units in the second quarter of 2006, an 11-percent increase from the same period last year. Still leading were the Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions, showing the strongest growth rates.” Blah, blah, blah ….
Today, Intel’s Paul Otellini announced the new Intel Core2 Duo processor. Intel’s new notebook processor, code-named Merom, offers about 20 percent more performance than its single-core predecessor, without needing additional battery power. Blah, blah, blah ….
No disrepect to the Persona Computer that allows us to exchange our blogging ruminations, but I ask, is this all we have to look forward to and what pre tal, does it mean for our recruitment industry?
According to trade publications, the latest innovation industry which demands our focus is molecular biology, with all projections signifying an upward slope in market growth and talent demand. Truth be told, bio-chips are in development that work at the atomic level. Molecular biology is indeed, an area inviting mutiple applications that will require the technical savvy of the recruitment industry’s best and brightest and will demand the necessary trade circuit offerings in training. So is this post about Microbiology or is it about sharpening our technical glossaries?
All true, in preceding paragraphs and yonder. The point of the argument to be made:
The most successful recruiters are Networking, Blogging for Talent, and educating themselves in cybersleuth methodologies, but are these components enough? Are my fellow high-tech recruiters paying attention to the next phase of technology that will make or break your careers?
The answer is that simple keywords mean little without the necessary rudimentary knowledge that feeds our Boolean strings and broader associative audiences. In fact, it’s why we love recruiting, isn’t it? Technology demands we are always learning many little things about broader subject themes within each displicipline our clients and corporate masters demand of us to acquire key talent to take them into the future with their product lines offerings.
Before you look in one direction for the next technology horizon,however, be sure to look right and left as well as ahead of you. The silent revolution I am agitating to announce is awaiting it’s promotional debut to our fellow peers: It’s called NANOTECHNOLOGY.You may have heard Agent Fox Mulder allude to this technology in X-Files, or Captain Picard in Star Tek: Next Generation, but the future is in the here and now.
Imagine an atomically precise fabrication process of a multiprocessor laptop computer with a billion times more processing power than today’s best. Imagine 100 hour battery life not to mention enhanced semiconductor properties. Imagine a manufacturing system where the only waste products are warm air and pure. Welcome to the byproduct of nanotechnology.
Look up nanotechnology on Wikipedia, bookmark relevant sites accordingly and familiarize yourself with nano terminologies, or better yet, introduce yourself to a nano-based sensor chip engineervia Linkedin, OpenBC, Spoke, (etc) or visit niche blogs and technical forums to seek and identify and develop a relationship. Ask your new Nano friend whether you could schedule a time to chat to access his/her expertise … by whatever manifestation, simply inquire further about the future, the talent base it requires, and develop a strategy to confront it and source research with context. In two words: SEEK KNOWLEDGE … it may just be determinative of your own relevancy in the nano age that will soon be upon us.
Enjoy your first glimpse of the future and imagine how fundamental the potential change in our lives and environment (and be forewarned, it is totally kick ass!):
We excel as talent sourcers when we know (or try to know) many little aspects about an assortment of industries as we progress in our careers. Competition requires we keep up-to-date in all things, in addition to, but not by any means, replacing the essential need of researching the methodologies of sourcing research. Comprehension to a degree is essential in all things privy to our day-to-day. Seeking out subject-matter experts, scheduling a tour of a processing or manufacturing facility, visiting a symposium, or simply reviewing your requirements from the relevant hiring management and asking the right questions are all prudent considerations which partner effectively with a lust for learning. The knowledge journey is what makes us tick, and above all, it makes us more effective recruiters.
Yes, the future is now. Are you prepared?
It’s a bold new world with several layers demanding more than ‘simple’ engineering 101. Try chemistry, manufacturing, biology … and now … nano physics.Corporate Recruitment industry leaders, you are best served getting those technical training sessions scheduled for your staff … today. Fellow peers … never be complacent … there will always be a recruiter more adept in keeping up-to-date and available to replace you.
Compliments to Gene Expression
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