What IT recruiters know about you - whether you're looking or not

An emerging class of search engines is taking a big data approach to recruiting by crawling the Web for every bit of data about you, assembling it into a master profile, rating your knowledge, skill levels and interests, and serving it up to recruiters who can filter it by location, skill, the school you attended and a range of other criteria.

What recruiters know about you is about to get a whole lot deeper than what you put on your resume. An emerging class of search engines is taking a big data approach to recruiting by crawling the Web for every bit of data about you, assembling it into a master profile, rating your knowledge, skill levels and interests, and serving it up to recruiters who can filter it by location, skill, the school you attended and a range of other criteria.

Today the technology is mainly used as a tool for finding scarce software development talent. But that could broaden into more types of jobs, including high-tech, legal, medical and engineering, according to the vendors and an analyst.

Last year Red Hat hired more than 1,000 people. But it wasn't easy to find the software development and engineering talent needed to fill many of those seats. "We use LinkedIn Recruiter extensively," says CIO Lee Congdon.

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