Talent Acquisition

In the war for talent organizations must develop a multi-layered talent acquisition approach in order to gain a competitive edge and attract coveted passive candidates. A talent acquisition strategy should be high-touch—engaging with candidates throughout the entire lifecycle from application to hire to onboard. Technology powers organizations to elevate the candidate experience. Social media channels offer the opportunity to deliver engaging content and reinforce employment branding to top talent.

HR at the Helm

In a newly remote world, HR technology is enabling hiring teams to be more strategic.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In a moment of nationwide uncertainty, HR leaders are stepping up to provide safety and stability in their organizations. From communicating health and safety guidelines in the midst of a government-mandated shutdown to managing a newly-hybrid workforce, they have had to be more agile than ever, responding to unprecedented market conditions with new business models and talent strategies.

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The Changing Talent Landscape

COVID-19 is driving TA leaders to rethink recruitment strategies.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Just last year, talent shortages and unprecedented competition in the labor market were hot topics in the recruitment space. At the time, there were more than 7 million open requisitions across the U.S. and the national unemployment rate hovered at a low 3.5 percent. But the coronavirus pandemic flipped the job market upside down, driving widespread furloughs, hiring pauses, business closures, economic uncertainty, and an unemployment rate of 11 percent.

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2020 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings: RPO

View the results of this year’s RPO Baker’s Dozen ranking.

By The Editors

HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings are based solely on feedback from buyers of the rated services; the ratings are not based on the opinion of the HRO Today staff. We collect feedback annually through an online survey which we distribute to buyers directly through our own mailing lists and indirectly through service providers. Once collected, response data for all providers with a statistically significant sample size are loaded into the HRO Today database for analysis.

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A Healthy Dose of Innovation

Ways healthcare organizations are pivoting their recruitment and hiring approaches to overcome the global pandemic’s challenges.

By Debbie Bolla

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics already projecting the healthcare market to grow by 8.4 million jobs by 2028, COVID-19 has caused an even more pressing need for the right talent at the right time. Shannon Levesque, vice president of talent acquisition and workforce planning for Boston Children’s Hospital, is no stranger to this pressure. She says that during the pandemic, keeping employees engaged with opportunities for full employment has been a main priority.

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Best of Both Worlds

Four strategies to leverage when transitioning to a hybrid workforce model.

By Alicia Seager

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many companies are gravitating toward a hybrid work model—one that provides the flexibility to work from home without completely eliminating the in-person office environment many employers crave. Case in point: 71 percent of employees and managers express a desire to continue working from home at least part time, according to the Work Trend Index from Microsoft.

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A Diversity Boost

Two organizations share their secrets to building an inclusive hiring process.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In today’s increasingly diverse world, the case for corporate D&I initiatives that deliver real progress is stronger than ever. In fact, McKinsey’s 2020 Diversity Wins report found that in 2019, companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity outperformed those in the bottom quartile by 36 percent in profitability.

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How to Hire the Best Talent

Research shows four key themes organizations can leverage to improve their recruiter training programs.

By Larry Basinait

In the U.S., the July 2020 Employment Situation Summary by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed the tightest labor market in half a century. As companies recover from the impact of COVID-19, many are once again looking for specific skill sets when bringing on new employees. Employers should prepare to be inundated by candidates, many of whom may not have the needed background. Effective recruiter training is key to parsing out the best from the rest.

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Living the Brand

Strategies to maintain and grow employer brand equity through uncertain times.

By Yasmeen Coning

What does it mean to be an employer of choice? In the simplest of terms, it translates to offering amazing work benefits, opportunities for growth and success, and, most importantly, a cohesive and meaningful culture that inspires people to reach for their personal best. However, achieving and sustaining that premium status in a somewhat unstable market is no small feat. There are bound to be ups and downs over time. Just because a company is experiencing layoffs or may not be actively recruiting does not mean employer branding is put aside. Employer brand strategy must be steadfast and always-on to survive.

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Emphasising Employer Brand

By communicating and acting on company values during times of crisis and uncertainty, organisations will bolster their reputation among employees and candidates.

By Michael Switow

At a time when hiring and recruitment have slowed for many companies, Asia-Pacific businesses are redeploying staff and resources to the community.

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Take A Stand

Are you doing enough to tackle racial inequality in your workplace?

In recent months, protestors took to the streets in response to the murder of George Floyd at a scale not seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As the U.S. grappled with rage, grief, and massive civic unrest amplified by the effects of a global pandemic, one organization after another responded with statements condemning racial injustice and police brutality.

But mere statements and donations are not a sufficient response to this historic moment; HR leaders need to lay out clear, specific, actionable plans to combat racism in the workplace. They need to confront their role in perpetuating discriminatory and inequitable systems, and pledge to do better. While organizations have long recognized the importance of diversity and worked to implement programs to make the workplace more inclusive, much work is left to be done. And now, the world is watching.

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