This question in the headline has been posed to me several times. For context, we are driving a transformation of the way we do talent acquisition. In a nutshell, we want to focus on meaningful candidate engagement vs. a transactional approach to hiring.Through meaningful engagement, hiring managers get better quality talent, and candidates are more likely to advocate for us.
Most organizations that are facing a talent shortage blame a variety of external factors, even though the actual culprit is the way their firm recruits. Even without visiting your firm, I can guarantee that your recruiting process contains several of the following egregious “talent killing” flaws.
There may be a disconnect between candidates and employers, an incongruence in where candidates and employers spend time searching each other. This is quite a surprise in the age of information and transparency.
Recruiters look for job experience and then sort by skill level. But an alternative is to look for “skills experience,” which better reveals hidden candidates. “Skills experience” is when an individual has spent a considerable amount of time using a particular skill, but when most of the time that they spent exercising that skill occurred outside of their day job. Joystick skills, for example, can be classified as a “skills experience” category because most people build their joystick skills outside of any official work title, while they are playing video games.
This article is way overdue. To be exact, it is now four years overdue. On February 1, 2015, I was sitting at a hotel lounge in Las Vegas watching the Super Bowl and penning the mere beginnings of this story. Somehow, someway, the paper got stuffed into my pocket and was forgotten about in all the hustle and bustle of a new year.
If you work in recruiting and you are not personally worried about an upcoming downturn, realize that many others are thinking about it. For example, recent data from Google now reveals that searches for the word “recession” are at their highest level since the last recession ended (November 2009). And the number of current factors that could cause a downturn from Brexit to tariff wars are too numerous to mention. Technically the U.S. hasn’t had a recession in nearly 10 years; the law of probability alone suggests that one is on the horizon.
Picture this. It’s day two of SourceCon. You’re surrounded by 800 of your closest sourcing companions and your mind has just been blown away by a series of jaw-dropping presentations and offstage networking. Knowledge is being shared faster than you can download a Chrome extension. Twitter hasn’t seen this much excitement since the SuperBowl, and you’ve just seen someone in a purple squirrel suit. Excitement and anticipation are mounting. You know you’re about to witness something magical.
The recruiting process is essential for every business as it helps in finding the right talents that are going to help the company grow and be more successful. And as all business owners know, finding these talents is not an easy task.