QR-codes are so 1990′s, and just right for HR!

QR Codes – barcodes for the Web

This code was originally made by the Japanese company Denso in 1994 for the use in the car industries. By now the QR-Code has advanced to the Asian standard code for mobile tagging. In Japan it is tagged 50 million times daily. -- Mobile Tagging Blog, 2007

I have been playing with QR codes (Quick Response Codes) the last couple of  days.  These things have been around for a while,  (since 1994) and they are  frequently being used by retailers to let customers use their mobile phones to link to their mobile websites.  Think of QR codes as bar codes for a website that can be scanned, usually by a mobile phone.

The adoption and adaptation of this simple technology hasn’t really taken place in HR yet.   It may be time for us to catch up.

There are some new apps out there that are taking advantage of social media and LinkedIn that will make easier for you to do so.   Check out Jumpscan (h/t to Karla Porter) and PingTag for LinkedIn, which Chris Brogan just wrote about on his blog.

QR-codes can be used for virtually anything on line to provide access via mobile apps, from your blog to an event.   I have created several QR codes for some of the blogs I like, and for the HR Florida state conference.

To use these images, which are like a bar code, you will need to have a smartphone and an app that lets you take a picture of the image and sends you to the correct site.    Here are links for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android to get you started.  A search on Google, or in the relevant app store should yield many more options.  Here are some links to ideas on how QR codes would be relevant in recruiting and HR, including here, here, here, here, and here.  This link offers some other ideas on using QR from Mashable.

Go get an app and practice your QR skills with the images that I created with Zxing below.

HR Florida State Conference and Expo

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Welcome to the Occupation

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HR Tailgate

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The Cynical Girl

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