Talent Spring – A new take on web 2.0 of resume engines
— TalentSpring launched this week with a resume marketplace using
ranking instead of search to help employers find potential new hires.
In order to have your resume included in their database, you must
rank 12 other resumes using pairwise comparisons (i.e., do you like
Jane or Joe better? Jane or Elizabeth? Joe or Elizabeth? and so forth).
Then the system uses various algorithms to control for potential
ranking misbehavior, like downgrading people who might compete with you
for the same job.
Even though it sounds revolutionary, I don’t see it catching on much. Maybe for Web Workers the transparency is cool…but not for traditional job seekers. I mean, if someone is looking for a job, would he or she be OK if unknown peers can read it?