How 15 Years Of Innovation Shaped Today’s Workforce (Infographic)

How did you work 15 years ago? Chance are you were blissfully unaware of “crackberry” addiction, sorting through actual piles of paper resumes, and learning new ways to use email and the Internet for work.

A lot has changed since the dawn of the new Millennium, and HR has evolved. New technology and innovations have changed the ways both employers and employees think about work and the ways we actually complete that work.

This infographic, compiled by, a job board for medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs, looks at major innovations since the 21st century and how they have helped to transform and shape today’s work culture.

Some major breakthroughs include:

  • The rise of social media including LinkedIn in 2003, Facebook in 2004, and YouTube in 2005

  • The launch of the first iPhone in 2007, followed by the first CareerBuilder job search app in 2008

  • The growth of the telecommuting workforce

  • The adoption of video interviews

Check out the full infographic below to see how far we’ve come.

What do you think? How have these advancements impacted HR and recruiting? What will the next 15 years look like?

About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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