Talent Mining – what is it anyway?

Posted by | October 05, 2008 | Talent Mining | 7 Comments

By my definition, Talent Mining is a simple adaptation of Data Mining, which according to Wikipedia is the process of sorting through large amounts of data and picking out relevant information, or “the nontrivial extraction of implicit, previously unknown, and potentially useful information from data” and “the science of extracting useful information from large data sets or databases.”

I define Talent Mining as the science of sorting through large amounts of human capital/talent-related data, typically found in resume databases, on the Internet, in social networking profiles, blog posts, etc., and extracting out relevant and useful information from the data that can be used for talent identification and acquisition.  

Talent Mining is commonly performed manually and automatically, through the creation and execution (or saving for routine execution, as in the case of search agents or alerts) of Boolean search strings to retreive human capital/talent data from which a recruiter can use for knowledge discovery and talent identification and acquisition.

True Talent Mining goes well beyond “buzzword matching,” and in the hands of an expert Talent Miner, Boolean search strings can be used to perform Semantic Search – using semantics, or the science of meaning in language to produce highly relevant search results – even from unstructured data. How’s THAT for sexy?

Look for a post on Semantic Search coming soon.

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About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.