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Semantic Search -what is it, what are the benefits and what's the future

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Elevating Recruitment Through Semantic Search

Great candidates often remain hidden because recruiters aren’t searching for the right keywords or job titles. Semantic search engines aim to understand what recruiters mean, rather than what they type. In this Q&A session, we discuss the benefits of this recruiting technology and the potential for semantic search engines in the future.

When and in what capacity was Textkernel involved with semantic search?

Textkernel has been pioneering in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, particularly focusing on interpreting unstructured text data. As a global leader in AI-powered recruitment and talent management solutions for over 20 years, Textkernel has been at the forefront of driving efficiencies in the HR and Staffing & Recruitment industry. Our innovative technologies empower more than 2,500 Staffing & Recruitment agencies, leading employers, job boards, and HR Software Vendors worldwide.

Can you define what semantic search is, especially in relation to recruiting?

In essence, semantic search translates to “search that works.” It is about understanding and finding concepts and meanings, not just matching strings of text. For recruiters, it means an end to the trial and error of keyword matching, allowing them to find candidates based on the actual roles and skills rather than specific terms that might be listed on resumes.

What are the main benefits of semantic search?

Semantic search engines are adept at recognizing various expressions of a concept and understanding the context of terms used. This intelligence enables more relevant and quicker candidate discovery. It simplifies complex Boolean searches, making powerful search capabilities accessible to all users, not just those with specialized expertise.

What are some common misconceptions about semantic search?

One misconception is that semantic search is a mysterious “black box” process. However, the aim is for a transparent system where users can adjust their searches and understand why certain results are returned. Another is that Boolean and semantic searches are at odds; in reality, they can be complementary. Lastly, while semantic search significantly enhances productivity, it doesn’t replace the strategic thinking and engagement skills vital for recruiters.

What does the future hold for semantic search in recruiting?

The deployment of semantic search to a broad user base is thrilling, especially as the system will continually refine itself through user interaction. This evolution promises to lessen repetitive tasks and increase the time recruiters can spend in human interactions.

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What should buyers consider when looking at recruiting solutions with semantic search?

Key factors include the transparency of search results and the ability to tailor search criteria and personalization. The adaptability of semantic search to your team’s specific needs and the augmentation of your recruiters’ domain knowledge are essential.

What should talent acquisition teams know about semantic search?

Advanced semantic search engines streamline the candidate search process and decrease sourcing costs, giving your organization a competitive edge. It simplifies finding the right talent, both externally and within your current workforce.

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