MetLife IT Hiring Site Runs On MongoDB, Microsoft Azure
Rapid development and cloud hosting let MetLife create IT talent recruiting site in less than a week.
"People have been submitting resumes in the same way for 20 years: Word documents and PDFs," said Gary Hoberman, senior VP and CIO of regional application development, in an interview with InformationWeek. "The data in these files isn't something you can easily mine or search, so imagined what it would be like if we could open up that data in a semi-structured way."
MetLife reasoned that JSON submissions are more structured and searchable than conventional documents, and the very act of submitting documents in that format is a kind of filter, screening out talent that can't handle the task. The schema requires key fields, such as name, address and contact information, to be included to pass a validation step, but beyond that, candidates are free to be as creative as they care to be are able in formatting the submissions.
"You can still go through our traditional website, Metlife.careers.com and apply for the same jobs, but we view this as an alternate means to find the kind of new talent we're after and it's for somebody who wants to go above and beyond," said Hoberman.
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