April 15, 2019
April 15, 2019
Contributor: Jackie Wiles
Talent acquisition today requires an agile recruiting approach that can anticipate and meet the changing needs of the business.
“No matter what we do, we just can’t seem to keep our heads above water for more than a moment when it comes to critical hires,” says the head of recruiting at one professional services firm. Welcome to talent acquisition in the digital age.
Business models are changing quickly, creating volatility in recruiting volume as companies’ needs change. Roles themselves are rapidly evolving, leaving even business leaders unsure who to hire today, let alone tomorrow. Human resources (HR) leaders are struggling to keep pace with shifting skill needs. At the same time, demand for talent is converging on critical roles, so when needed talent is identified, it takes longer and costs more to secure it.
Given all these challenges, recruiting organizations that fail to adapt will find it harder and harder to acquire the talent their business needs to pursue digital ambitions and critical growth initiatives.
“If recruiting organizations want to cut hiring costs and time to fill and improve recruiter productivity — while proactively meeting the evolving needs of the business — they can’t stick to the same old service models,” says Lauren Smith, Vice President and Team Manager at Gartner. “Being responsive to the business is great, but it’s not enough. Recruiting organizations have to offer guidance to the business, and be highly attuned to the changing needs of both the business and industry.”
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Even if your recruitment organization has become best in class at delivering a hiring service to the business, your approach likely still isn’t responsive enough. More effective is an agile recruiting operating model, characterized by:
This new operating model delivers a range of improvements in hiring measures by using continuous planning, a predictive hiring process and talent-focused design.
For example, a predictive hiring process can reduce time to fill, especially for new-to-firm roles. It has been taking longer and longer to fill roles in recent years. Median time to fill was 72 days in 2018, up from 67 days in 2017 and 61 days in 2015. That’s a result of the heightened demand for talent in general, but it also reflects the specific challenge for recruiters of hiring for more specialized roles, roles with which they are unfamiliar and a mix of roles that keeps changing.
A more agile approach is especially critical if talent acquisition is going to support business strategy. Without it, recruiting teams will be unable to understand the new positions for which they are hiring, anticipate changes in supply or mitigate talent supply risks.
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