The Biggest Challenges of Today's Top Candidates

By Carrie Kolar Tue, Mar 22,2016 @ AM

To recruit top talent effectively, you need to be able to put yourself in a candidate’s shoes. Where are they looking for jobs? What challenges are they facing? What are they thinking? In this week’s RPOA Weekly, we answer these questions and more as we look at the biggest challenges of today’s top candidates.

Topics: finding good candidates, candidate experience, recruiting challenge


Top Recruiting Suggestions for the Coming Talent Crunch

By Carrie Kolar Thu, Jul 23,2015 @ AM

The job market could see a talent crunch. The world is currently facing a shortage of talent, and this shortage will get worse as time goes on. A shrinking workforce means fewer applicants and longer waits to fill positions, with correspondingly fierce competition among recruiters. In this week’s RPOA Roundup, we look at the causes for this shortage as well as how recruiters can adapt to it, and provide some top recruiting suggestions for the coming talent crunch.

Topics: recruitment, finding good candidates, recruiting strategy, recruiting trends, recruiting issues, recruiting talent, recruiting challenge


How to Predict High-Risk Candidates When Hiring

By Carrie Kolar Tue, Jul 21,2015 @ AM

Recruiting and hiring candidates can be a risky business. Recruiters try to predict whether the candidate will be an asset to the company based on criteria such as skills, previous performance, and recommendations from other employers. However, one area that recruiters have not been able to measure is whether candidates will commit to the employer long-term. A second-best candidate who stays with the company is a better choice than a first-place candidate who only remains for a matter of months. A candidate who is a “flight risk,” or who is probably to move to another position before bringing value to the company, is a high-risk candidate that employers would rather avoid. While flight risk has been historically difficult to measure, Talent Analytics Corp. has recently released pre-hire flight predictions for job candidates and current employees, which recruiters and hiring managers can use to help assess whether a candidate is the right one for the job.

Topics: finding good candidates, hiring challenge, hiring process, candidate management, new hire risk


Best Practices for Creating an Exceptional Candidate Experience

By Carrie Kolar Tue, Jun 30,2015 @ AM

In recruiting, a bad candidate experience can get in the way of an organization getting and keeping the best talent for their positions. A bad process, therefore a bad experience, can be so powerful that candidates abandon the application process halfway through, in a move called “candidate abandonment.”  However, there are steps that organizations can take to make sure that they provide candidates with the best possible experience all the way through the recruiting and application process. In the RPOA webinar “Is Your Recruiting Strategy More Like Go Fish or Minecraft?” presenters Beth Miller and Richard Jordan suggest the following best practices for creating an exceptional candidate experience.

Topics: finding good candidates, candidate experience, candidate management, job descriptions


Nearly One-Third of Job Seekers Want an Honest Company Culture

By Allison Reilly Thu, Aug 28,2014 @ AM

A healthy company culture isn't just crucial to an organization's success, but it is also necessary in retaining and hiring the best employees. The employees that care about company culture, or who are good enough to get a job elsewhere, will leave your organization if they don't think the current work environment is a pleasant one. Potential candidates will also consider your organization's company culture when looking at where to apply and where to accept a job offer.

Topics: job description, finding good candidates, employment brand, employment, Recruiting Culture


5 Ideas to Consider for Your Talent Acquisition Efforts (Part 3 of 3)

By Allison Reilly Thu, Jul 03,2014 @ AM

In the first two parts of this series, we covered current statistics in hiring and recruiting as well as current trends in hiring and recruiting costs and efficiencies. In the final part of this series, we're presenting five great ideas that employers ought to consider for their talent acquisition initiatives. These ideas are specific recommendations that address the statistics and trends featured in the first two parts. Implementing one or all of these ideas effectively will enable employers to hire more creatively and efficiently, which is necessary in today's talent shortage in the marketplace.

Topics: social recruiting, recruiting, finding good candidates, talent acquisition, hiring


Perfect Candidates, Mobile Recruitment, and Other RPO News

By Allison Reilly Thu, May 15,2014 @ AM

"The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue." - Antisthenes

Topics: recruitment process outsourcing, finding good candidates, hiring and recruiting news, candidate experience, mobile recruiting


The Latest Statistics on Hiring and Recruiting (Part 1 of 3)

By Allison Reilly Tue, Apr 29,2014 @ AM

We're almost halfway through the year, and nearly three-fourths of organizations said at the beginning of the year that they were planning to hire this year. Many of those organizations may have already made their hires. Others may still be looking to fill positions, or may not have started hiring those that they planned to hire in 2014. Companies who aren't yet finished hiring for the year need to pay attention, as any recruiting challenges you may be facing might only get tougher to overcome. The following three eye-opening statistics reflect today's hiring and recruiting landscape, and suggest acquiring the best talent isn't going to get any easier.

Statistic #1: The U.S.'s Employment Participation Rate is at 63.2%

The employment participant is defined as anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 who is employed or is currently seeking a job. Typically, the employment participation rate (which is also known as the labor force participation rate) hovers between 67 and 68 percent. With the participation rate, as of March 2014, at 63.2% it means that more than 90 million Americans are no longer employed or looking for work, instead of the normal 70 million. In the last 13 years, an additional 20 million people have taken themselves out of the workforce, for whatever reason.

"It also says we have a lower population to recruit from," said Ray Rike, chief operations officer with Accolo. "So, in those functions where there's a war for talent... it's going to force us to be even more intelligent and smart about the way we're going out and recruiting great employees today."

Topics: recruiting, accolo, HR industry, finding good candidates, talent acquisition, hiring


4 More Awesome Benefits to Recruitment Outsourcing

By Allison Reilly Tue, Mar 25,2014 @ AM

One of the biggest myths about recruitment outsourcing is that recruitment outsourcing is the equivalent of dependency and giving up control of your recruiting process. The complete opposite is what's true, especially if your current recruiting process or recruiting method aren't working. Why not get some help, or have someone else do your recruiting, when you aren't doing the very best recruiting work you could be doing.

Topics: recruitment, recruitment process outsourcing, finding good candidates, reasons to outsource, employment brand


Talent Acquisition: Money is Muscle

By Mike Mayeux Tue, Mar 11,2014 @ AM

After 20+ years as a recruiter and 12 of that in RPO, I am often amazed at how conservative Chief level executives are about investing in their talent acquisition and human capital programs. This trend spreads across many industries, all sizes of companies and most position titles. It’s also interesting the pressure leaders place on the management class to get quality people onboard and meet hiring deadlines then strap them to incentive programs directly tied to retention. In essence the leaders say “Hire People real fast, but they have to be keepers”. You would have to be really lucky to consistently hire fast and maintain enduring matches.

Topics: recruitment, recruiting, finding good candidates, talent acquisition

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