Most employers are not very good at knowing the skills of their workers, especially skills beyond the ones they use every day. Two of the key reasons for that are that a lot of the talent data is hidden in places they don't normally look, and the data with the good stuff is often "unstructured". If data is deemed unstructured, then how you do measure and analyze it? You start by defining structured vs unstructured data.
What is Structured and Unstructured Data?
Webopedia defines structured data as information that fits into a rigid data model. Files and programs that store information, such as name, address, currency, etc. It can also restrict exactly what can be put into the field, like Mr, Mrs, Dr, etc. Think of it like a spreadsheet or an online application that needs certain information in the correct box.
Definition: Unstructured data, on the other hand, are things that cannot be rigidly defined, like cover letters, blog posts, most resume data, publications, PDFs, etc. There are also sources like LinkedIn and Github where people report changes in their work, skills or education.
Unstructured Data Management with Software Tools
With so much information floating around social profiles, online publications, and more, there is a challenge to getting the right data from all the general static of a person's professional life. This task of collecting unstructured data is impossible without the right software tools in place to automate this process.
SwoopTalent uses technology like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and others to create automated methods of finding unstructured data and enriching your talent data with this information.
What Unstructured Data Means for Organizations
All managers know that getting the best workers can help improve the quality of business and bring in better revenue, but getting new, qualified personnel can be very expensive. That is why understanding what skills a worker has developed can make it easier to move them into a job that can better use their skills. This way the business uses their workers for optimal efficiency and a worker feels like their skills and abilities are being recognized. A win-win!
Unstructured Data Management Software for Talent Discovery
Any business can grow from learning about what their workers are capable of doing and learning more about potential hires - and we can automate the process of harvesting and curating this data for you. If you desire this level of talent insight then Contact Us to see how SwoopTalent can automate the discovery and analysis of unstructured talent data.
Unstructured data CAN be managed
Our technology let's you seamlessly blend structured and unstructured data
You'll be amazed at the headaches you cure and the opportunities you create when you change the way you manage talent data. Take half an hour with us and see how