School’s out for Ascendant Recruitment, turning 16 years old this week! Life was very different when Ascendant Recruitment was first established on 03/03/03. There were no smart phones and not even Facebook was invented! Here are 16 things that have changed since Ascendant Recruitment began all those years ago.
1: You don’t have to memorise phone numbers anymore
Remember having to memorise your friends’ phone numbers or look them up in your phone book? Not anymore! It’s not uncommon for friends and even partners to not know each other’s phone numbers off by heart nowadays thanks to contacts lists in smart phones.
2: You don’t have to wait for the newspaper to browse job vacancies
It was the done thing to race home from school or work and look through the daily newspaper for the current job adverts in your local area. Now we’re swiping through job apps and emailing recruiters to find our dream jobs.
3: An ‘office’ has become more of an abstract thing
Thanks to co-working spaces, online conferences and even LinkedIn group discussions, a meeting in a typical company office isn’t quite what it used to be. More of us are now working from home a few days each week or embracing flexible working.
4: TVs are flatter
Remember the chunky televisions so big that your grandma would even stand photo frames and ornaments on top? They are now a thing of the past (and something we’re all pleased to leave in the early noughties!)
5: We’re on the cloud
We’ve waved goodbye to back-up disks, storing boxes of CDs and DVDs, and even stopped keeping physical photo albums thanks to the ‘cloud’. Much of our lives are now stored in the virtual world above our heads.
6: Cars drive themselves
In 2003, we may have considered this a bit of an extravagant idea and something we were only used to seeing in films, but we’ve entered 2019 with fully driver-less cars becoming the norm.
7: Same-day delivery
Before home delivery, we had to make the trip to our local shops to buy essentials. Now you can use up your last can of beans and ask your home assistant device to order you some more while you’re cooking dinner!
8: We rely on Wi-Fi
Wherever we go, we expect to be able to log onto Wi-Fi, browse the internet, chat with friends and even upload real-time videos and photos to our social media platforms. Back in 2003, we would’ve been sitting at home at our computer monitors loading dial-up for several minutes!
9: We’re obsessed with chargers
In the early noughties, the only things we had to charge once in a while were AA batteries and, very occasionally, our car batteries. Now, we’re constantly plugging in our smart phones, headphones, smart watches and more.
10: Job-seeking is a lot more personal
Gone are the days that you would mail off your CV to different employers in the hope that one of them would call you. Now, it’s all about communicating with companies on LinkedIn and building personal connections. Networking has been a great change for recruiters and employers.
11: The workplace has become more flexible
Gone are 9-5 days and hour-long lunchbreaks. Many companies now offer flexible working hours so that employees can pick their children up from school, go to the gym before work and generally experience a healthier work/life balance, which is better for both employees and employers.
12: Christina Aguilera has been replaced with Ariana Grande
At the time of writing, Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful (number one in March 2003) has been replaced with Ariana Grande’s single, which has been sitting at number one for some weeks.
Remember taking your film to the local camera shop to get it developed, and even having to wait to pick up the photos a few days later? Now, you can take a selfie, see it straight away, and upload it to your social media feed in seconds.
When Ascendant Recruitment started out, Facebook didn’t exist! It was actually established in 2004 and it’s hard to believe that this platform developed in Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room now has more than 1.5 billion daily users.
15: You can talk on the phone and use the internet at the same time
Talking on the phone, scrolling through social media and watching TV all at the same time is definitely taken for granted in 2019. Back in the early noughties, we used dial-up to connect to the internet, so we got kicked off the phone if someone wanted to get online.
16: No more borrowing movies at your local rental store
A weekend trip to Blockbuster was a highlight for many, but we can now simply log onto Netflix or Amazon to download a movie in a matter of minutes.
We have no way of knowing what the future holds, but whether it be hologram job interviews, video CVs or teleporting, we’ll be ready to embrace change and keep moving Ascendant Recruitment forward!
Ascendant Recruitment itself looked very different 16 years ago. Nick, our Managing Director, took the photo below in 2003.
… But his three children have now grown up a lot!