Tag Archives: talent acquisition

January 01, 2016

Don’t Just Do Social, Be Social

There’s no denying that establishing a social media presence is a must-do for companies of all sizes. Thanks to technology and the growth of social media, businesses have the ability to connect with a large number of people, regardless of where they are located in the world. With instant messaging tools, email, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media channels, the popularity of communicating virtually has...




December 01, 2015

A Glossary of Talent Acquisition Metrics

For quite some time now, recruiting organizations have been capturing and monitoring performance data. Additionally, they have been using benchmark data to provide an objective lens through which information can be viewed and comparisons can be made.  These comparisons are often used to drive the changes in behavior, strategy, or technology needed to improve performance. However, often the terminology and...




November 01, 2015

Applying Marketing to Talent Acquisition

A decade ago, access to the right talent at the right time was much easier. Job boards were widely used, and competition was steady but not intense. Through the channels available, employers were able to reach the candidates with the skills they desired. However, today, nearly every organization uses job boards in some form, but the results are less effective than they used to be. The issue is not the job boards...




August 01, 2015

Gamification in Recruiting

The term ‘gamification’ has been construed in many different ways. Many people associate it with the type of gaming done using consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One playing games involving shooting, quests, and sports. Recent research by Penna, a people management company, found that 89 percent of consumers don’t even know what gamification is. Among talent management organizations, a...




August 01, 2015

DCR National Temp Wage Index - August 2015

In June 2015, the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent with nonfarm payroll employment increasing by 223,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Average hourly earnings remained unchanged from the previous month’s labor report at $24.95. Over the year, wages have increased by 2 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services by 64,000 jobs, while healthcare gained...




August 01, 2015

Connect. Collaborate. Create

Over the past few years, talent management strategies have evolved, with the focus switching from talent as an audience to talent as a community. Strategic HR organizations are realizing that a single source of talent is not enough, especially with the increasingly competitive global war for talent. Similarly, utilizing only the traditional means of finding talent or waiting for candidates to approach the company is...




August 01, 2015

The History and Future of Online Recruiting

The recruiting technology industry has been evolving. The job boards of years past have rebranded, retooled, and reinvented themselves countless times over the last decade. To determine the future of online recruiting technology, it helps to have a clear picture of the history. In the early 2000s, during the dot com boom, job boards were still in their infancy. Online recruitment was dominated by three major players...




April 01, 2015

Measure What Matters

Talent analytics and big data are hot topics right now. At DCR TrendLine, we’ve been talking about different aspects of HR analytics, big data, and workforce intelligence since 2013. Research conducted by Bersin by Deloitte in 2014 found that the HR analytics software market grew by 17 percent in 2013 and is over $5 billion in size. With countless conferences, books, articles, and software focused on HR...




March 01, 2015

Best Practices in Recruiting for 2015

Recruiting the right talent can play an important role in the long-term success of a company. The process of finding, recruiting, and retaining new talent can be a daunting and time-consuming task, especially for hard-to-fill positions that require specific skillsets. The competition for talent is fierce. Every company wants the best to join their workforce. In today’s world of recruiting, companies have to...




January 01, 2015

Employment Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Last month, DCR TrendLine concluded the year by providing a recap of the trends in employment over the course of 2014. As we gear up to begin 2015, we highlight our predictions of employment and workplace trends for the upcoming year. Generation Z, born between 1994 and 2010, is becoming a major target for companies looking for interns. The oldest Gen Z’s will be seniors in college in 2015. Companies such as...




January 01, 2015

Disruptions in HR Technology

The HR technology market is expected to be more than a $15 billion market in software, and it’s expected to expand with growth and innovation in 2015. HR technology providers are developing new tools to help companies manage worker communication, engagement, recognition, and workplace wellness. This new cycle of innovation is leading private equity and venture capital firms to invest heavily in the space....




January 01, 2015

The New Sources of Talent

The ever-widening skills gap, combined with the current 13-year high in number of job openings, is causing employers to look for new sources of talents. Hiring managers are starting to rely more heavily on non-traditional talent to fill vacant positions and obtain needed skillsets. Currently, according to Ardent Partners, 32 percent of the average company’s overall workforce is considered contingent or...




December 01, 2014

DCR TrendLine in 2014

In 2014, DCR TrendLine has covered a large assortment of topics. In this article, we look back at the trends we focused on most heavily this year. HR technologists and professionals estimate that HR technology will be an $8.1 billion dollar industry in 2015. Technology companies are continually releasing innovative products that provide HR organizations with cloud-computing capabilities, mobile access, social...




December 01, 2014

Talent Networks vs. Talent Communities

Those working and interested in the HR and recruiting functions have probably heard about talent networks and talent communities. Both derive from the belief that every recruitment campaign should not be solely focused on finding applicants for specific jobs but also aim to build a pool of talent that HR organizations can engage and leverage when recruiting for future positions. A talent community is an open group of...




December 01, 2014

Whose Labor Market Is It?

In late 2011, the power and leverage in recruiting was considered to be an even split between candidate and employer. However, over the past months, recruiters have observed significant changes in hiring practices, including a shift towards a candidate-driven market. Source: MRINetworks New data from the MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study reveals that highly skilled candidates drive the talent market. Experts...




November 01, 2014

Social Sourcing is More Effective

Technology and the increased usage of social media are transforming the recruitment industry, allowing companies to reach targeted candidates and create new forms of employer branding while simultaneously cultivating relationships and interaction between job seekers and potential employers. As companies adopt new software, tools, and methods for screening candidates, and millennials join the workforce in increasing...




November 01, 2014

What is “Engagement”? And Why Does It Matter?

Engagement, specifically worker engagement, is one of the most popular catchphrases in human resources this year. While most companies cite employee engagement as one of their top goals, only few are able to ensure that workers are truly committed to their organizational goals and values. In the 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends research study, 78 percent of business leaders rated retention and engagement as...




November 01, 2014

Accomplishment Through Collaboration

Social collaboration is becoming increasingly important within companies. According to a research study by Salesforce, 86 percent of executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication as a major reason for workplace failures. And McKinsey Global Institute says that failing to implement social technology makes high-skill workers and management 20 to 25 percent less productive. According to Forbes,...




November 01, 2014

What Metrics are Staffing Firms Tracking

Staffing and recruiting firms, along with their client companies, recognize the importance of tracking metrics for finding ways to save time and money. Tracking metrics is necessary for measuring the success of recruiting efforts and for identifying areas that need improvement. In the staffing and recruiting industry, tracking metrics can lead to a whole range of benefits, like helping to improve the relationship...




October 01, 2014

Social Media’s Use in Recruiting

Recent research by CareerBuilder found that 43 percent of employers currently use social networking sites to research job candidates, and an additional 12 percent plan to start soon. A report by PwC surveying 10,000 workers worldwide and 500 HR professionals predicts that online monitoring of social media profiles by employers will rise over the next ten years. With the entry of recruiters, human resources...




September 01, 2014

Engaging and Managing Gen Z Workers

Last month we wrote about the demographics and motivations of the newest generation of workers entering the market - Generation Z. Generation Z refers to those people born after 1990, of whom the oldest have already graduated from high school and college. The 15-to-24-year-old members of Gen Z represent almost 7 percent of the American workforce for a total of 11 million workers. Experts project that this number will...




September 01, 2014

Globally Localizing HR

For the last decade, the word “global” has been the buzzword of business. Almost every company is global, and every product or service is geared to a global audience. However, some experts believe that while we live in a highly connected world, there is no “global market” but rather a set of globally connected “local” businesses. The DHL global connectedness study, pioneered by...




September 01, 2014

What’s Trending in the Temp Market - Q3 of 2014

At TrendLine, we’re always focused on what’s trending in anything to do with contingent worker supply and demand. This month, we’re presenting our quarterly view of critical trends in key talent sectors of the staffing industry and human resources.  RPO stands for Recruitment Process Outsourcing, which is defined in simple terms as the outsourcing of some or all recruitment functions. Experts...




August 01, 2014

Practical Innovation in Talent Acquisition

Innovation is currently one of the biggest buzzwords in the market. Books, articles, and presentations all emphasize the need for companies to become innovative in order to survive and thrive in today’s economy. Innovation means to think differently. It means looking at your processes, products, and workers from a different perspective. And it almost always involves change, which often leads to resistance....




August 01, 2014

Which Fields Have a Skills Gap?

Often companies point to a shortage of talent as a reason for continued job openings. A recent survey of human resources managers found that roughly half of large U.S. companies report a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills (STEM), to which they attribute lower productivity. Economists argue, however, that if there really was a lack of talent availability, wages would rise. Yet wages...




July 01, 2014

6 Talent Acquisition Metrics to Tune Into

With human capital management taking center stage in corporate strategy, measuring the performance of talent acquisition campaigns has become important. This requires tracking key metrics that can indicate the effectiveness of a recruitment campaign and point out areas where improvement is required. Source: Staffing.org Time to fill, or time to start, is a common metric in recruitment that measures the average number...




June 01, 2014

The Value of Transparency to Recruiting

A recent employee engagement study by TINYpulse, a company that provides a weekly survey related to how workers feel about their organizations’ culture, management, recognition, and co-workers to over 300 companies, revealed that transparency is the number one factor contributing to worker happiness. Over 40,000 workers were surveyed, and it was found that management transparency had a high correlation...




May 01, 2014

Does Your Reputation Make You Stand Out?

In an era of mass customization, consumers no longer want template-based uniform products. They want products and services that exactly match their individual preferences and needs. Similarly in recruiting, more lifestyle conscious candidates are no longer satisfied with a one-size-fits-all approach – they want to work for an employer brand that suits their needs. Companies are starting to recognize the more...




April 01, 2014

What’s Trending in the Temp Market? Q2 of 2014

At TrendLine, we’re always focused on what’s trending in anything to do with contingent workers supply and demand. This month, we are introducing a new quarterly section that focuses on consolidating our research into a list of critical trends in key talent sectors of the staffing industry. Aggressive talent sourcing and cultivation is going to be the focus of the staffing industry over the coming months....




March 01, 2014

Talent Acquisition Trends for 2014

LinkedIn recently released the results of their 3rd Annual Global Recruiting Trends survey, which asked 3,300 talent acquisition leaders to share their thoughts on hiring and budget trends.  Five key trends regarding the future of talent acquisition emerged: Social professional networks are fastest growing source of quality hires A strong employer brand has a significant impact on the ability to attract talent...




October 01, 2013

LinkedIn Remains Top Choice for Employers

Recruiters are increasingly turning to social sourcing channels to fulfill their talent needs. Similar to marketers, recruiters are using social networks as a key tactic in a multi-channel strategy to find leads and cultivate them to hire. Social networks provide a great platform to finding the right candidate just in time. Across social channels, as a part of the hiring process, recruiters look to discover...




September 01, 2013

The New Employment Model: Open Talent Economy

HR experts have a new term for the employment model that organizations are shifting towards – the open talent economy. While the classical employment model relied on HR departments hiring full-time employees who work eight-hour shifts on location, the new open talent economy model is a collaborative, technology-enabled, fast-paced way of sourcing workers through networks and communities. “There’s a...




December 01, 2012

CrowdSourcing: Recruitment that Harnesses the Web

Crowdsourcing is defined by Jeff Howe as ‘the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call’. How do you recruit 10,000 people in a month? Well to start with, why would any firm need to?  To answer that, look at the growth history of Apple with a small employee base...




December 01, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff and its Impact on Contingent Hiring

Year-end is a stressful and hectic time for most companies.  However, at midnight on December 31, 2012, at the dawn of the New Year, employers will face a combination of expiring tax cuts and automatic federal spending reductions – the Fiscal Cliff.  The fiscal cliff unrest is the result of the $1.5 trillion deficit in the revenue after implementation of The Economic Growth and Tax Relief...




October 01, 2012

Online Job Portals: Traffic Trends by Site

This month we profile the top four job sites and analyze various trends. Careerbuilder.com, monster.com, simplyhired.com and indeed.com are the job portals of choice when it comes to job-hunting online. The sites are continuously evolving, responding to the shifting employment trends, competition, technology, and macro-economic environment. Particularly useful for job-seekers, with the recession and unemployment,...




October 01, 2012

Trends: Social Media and Recruiting

Based on a recent survey of online job-seekers, Jobvite unveiled social media usage trends by jobseekers. We analyze key findings of interest from the survey. So, how many job seekers really use social media? The answer is not too difficult to predict given that the proverbial six degrees of separation has been further bridged thanks to virtual social media adoption going viral globally. A good 9 in 10 job seekers...




August 01, 2012

Online Search – How and When Job Seekers Search for Temporary Jobs?

Job-hunting moved online just before Gen Y joined the workforce. While that is not new information, there is growing evidence now on when, what, and how Gen Y uses the web to look for temporary jobs. The seasonal nature of job searching is too prominent to be missed. As can be seen from adjoining search trends, temporary job hunts peak over the week-end and drops sharply by mid-week, as likely explained by...



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