In between catching up on Kanye West’s rants, stocking up on essentials for #Blizzard2016, and following the crazy tennis match that is the 2016 Presidential Elections – you may have missed a few of the most interesting, thoughtful, or even eye-raising recruiting articles in January.
Not to worry — we’ve got you covered: Our resident talent advisors have hand-picked some of the articles that resonated with them this past month. Enjoy!
Recommended by Jennifer McClure:
- 6 Personal Branding Tips For Hiring Managers by Will Staney
Will details why personal branding isn’t just for job seekers — and why it is so important for hiring managers to make it their responsibility to promote its company’s personal brand (influencing candidate decisions is just one of those reasons). Oh, and he shares six great ways to do this.
By improving their personal brand, hiring managers can become powerful storytellers and brand advocates for their company, helping to attract and recruit the right people to their teams.
- The Bold New World of Talent: Predictions for 2016 by Josh Bersin
Josh discusses his “Bersin by Deloitte” top 10 predictions to guide companies’ talent strategies this year. Among his predictions: Replacements for dated HR tech will accelerate; engagement, culture and feedback will become CEO-level topics; and analytics and data-driven decision making will go mainstream.
We spend hours a day interacting with digital apps, we are monitored closely by digital devices, and we are influenced by suggestions, nudges, and recommendations driven by analytics and behavioral economic.
Recommended by Tim Sackett:
- The Evolving Role of Recruiters by Jim D’Amico
Two major shifts are occuring in talent acquisition, Jim says — first is the shift of recruiters from isolated specialists to value-added business partners, and second is the continuing intersection between talent acquisition and talent management. He lays these out in a clear way — and it’s hard not to get caught up in his excitement about where the industry is going.
We have slowly been creeping, as in industry, toward a more consultative role for several years. This includes things like doing a diagnostic intake and providing in-depth interview assessment of candidates we present. These are excellent things to do, but now, we have access to data and the ability to analyze it like never before.
Recommended by Steve Browne:
- 7 Books Every Recruiter Should Read in 2016 by Siofra Pratt
Book lists are awesome — and this one is especially helpful for recruiters who are looking to up their game in 2016 and broaden their perspectives.
Recommended by Matthew Stollak:
- Stranger than Fiction: Recruiters and the Myth of Generational Marketing by Katrina Kibben
Katrina talks about the vital differences between persona marketing and generational marketing — and why, while the former is essential for recruiters (and they need to do more of it), the latter is, well, to put it her way — bullsh#t. She also helpfully goes into five recruiting fundamentals that are more important than the generational marketing everyone seems to be stuck on.
You can’t build a customized message to a customer if you don’t know the fundamentals of how something works. Especially if it doesn’t work at all.
Recommended by me:
Our talent advisors have been busy this month — not only recommending their favorite pieces about talent acquisition and recruiting — but doling out some awesome advice themselves. Here are a few I particularly liked:
- Job Seekers: You’re Only Judged on These Two Criteria by Tim Sackett
I had a kind of a-ha moment as I read this last week on my train commute home. It seems so simple — these two criteria are of course what candidates are being judged on — but it’s gotten buried in so much other stuff we tell job seekers to focus on. And really, these criteria apply to any new relationship. It’s what we all want to get from others, and what we want others to identify in us. I love that Tim goes a step further and gives job seekers three key pieces of advice to gain the trust and respect of interviewers.
Do research on who you’ll be interviewing with and try and get some sense of their background and story. Try and make some connections as fast as possible in the interview.
- The Year of Others! by Steve Browne
Steve focuses on HR specifically here, but his message is universal, not just to HR, or recruiters, or hiring managers — but to anyone. He recommends making 2016 a “Year of Others” — and that means approaching people as humans and not task fulfillers. It also means spending uninterrupted time with others at all levels of an organization, which he emphasizes is priceless and a differentiator. We could all take a cue from Steve this year — professionally and personally — and start being more intentional and altruistic in our interactions.
Your employees are yearning for an advocate who will genuinely take the time to meet them, listen to them, care for them and work with them.
- Ripping Up the Writing Rules by Neil Morrison This isn’t strictly a recruiting-focused post either, but I love it for the fact that it applies to anyone in any level of an organization. I believe words have immense power, and the way in which we wield them must be chosen carefully and thoughtfully. In the business world, words can make a huge difference in how companies and their people are perceived by job candidates and employees. As Neil says, we sometimes need to uncondition ourselves from the way we do things sometimes, and that includes the way we write.
If we want to create more human, more humane workforces, we must never forget the power of the words we use.
- It Takes Forever to Fill a Recquisition by Laurie Ruettimann
What’s one of the most important facts you need to embrace for 2016, according to Laurie? How excruciatingly long it will take to fill a requisition this year. So what can you do about it? Laurie shares three great ways you can fill your requisitions faster (hint: one of them involves honing your salesmanship skills). And who doesn’t want to work more efficiently this year?
You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip, and workers across the labor market have been doing more with less since 1995.
What did we miss? What were your faves from the month?
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