In a rapidly changing environment the ability to keep on top of your passive market through ever changing sources, at the speed you need to to stay ahead of the competition, is an interesting balance like spinning plates without letting anything drop.May you live in interesting times.
On top of that major shift, competition is really high. When we asked your peers what their biggest obstacles to attracting top talent were, globally the top 2 answers were compensation and competition – which reflects a highly competitive landscape.
Given this environment, perhaps not surprisingly, your peers are telling us that they’re doubling down on proactive sourcing and employer branding.Leaders say if they could add only ONE role to their teams right now, it would be a sourcer or an workforce planning managerAnd that makes sense given the environment – sourcing is on the rise, and given the level of competition in the market – a strong employer brand is necessary to stand out from the rest.Let’s dig into these trends a bit.Given this environment, perhaps not surprisingly, your peers are telling us that they’re doubling down on proactive sourcing and employer branding.Leaders say if they could add only ONE role to their teams right now, it would be a sourcer or an employer brand specialist.
And next, employer branding. Talent Acquisition leaders are highly aware that employer branding is critical to their hiring success. 83% agree that employer brand has significant impact on their ability to hire great talent.91% of companies spent more or the same on employer brand year over year from 2011 to 2012.Paul Maxin at Unilever is a great example of someone who’s working smart when it comes to employer branding. Unilever ranks #5 globally on LinkedIn’s list of most InDemand employers, and Paul recently authored a blog post on our LinkedIn Talent Blog where he shared two key principles for success in employer branding.Ensure brand authenticity: don’t promise externally what you can’t deliver internally.Unilever conducts extensive research to define and validate their employee value proposition, so that what they say about their company is really true for Unilever employees and reflected in their experiences. They test their research findings with veteran employees, potential candidates AND new hires, and they tailor to different talent levels and geographic markets based on feedback. And when their business needs change – for example, Unilever recently set a new goal to double in size while reducing their carbon footprint – they reevaluate the brand and adjust accordingly.2. Empower all employees to be brand ambassadors.Unilever has really focused on followers on LinkedIn – they went from 10K followers to 235K in 10 months. Paul attributes a significant rise in high quality hires from LinkedIn to those followers. How did they build such a following? One key tactic was putting “follow us” buttons on employee email signatures.In addition, they’ve engaged employees as brand ambassadors by training them on how to leverage LinkedIn and other social media to build their personal brands and deliver their employer brand messaging. They’ve even embedded talent scout activities into some employees’ development plans.We hope Paul will be joining us as a speaker at Talent Connect Las Vegas, so you can learn more there.
The first is that post and pray is a way of the past – in our annual trends research, traditional job boards were the fastest-falling source of quality hires year over year.[On a side note, your peers identified social networking as the fastest-rising source of quality hires.
Brand stands for sexyStanding out from the crowd and daring to be differentFun, exciting, desirableAn “experience”
Now – to make this really actionable, we wanted to leave you with some next steps and takeaways. So we’ll close by sharing 6 principlesto help you put this insight into practice, and recruit like it’s 2015, today.
We asked you last week which 3 talent acquisition activities you’ll be prioritising for your team for the rest of this yearDo these resonate with you?For your information, the 3 sets of activities you’ll be de-prioritising areManaging recruiting events activity-47.62%Posting jobs - 23.81%Training –14%
And 4 – embrace the power of data.You’ve probably heard a lot about data in recruiting in recent months, but based on our research few recruiting leaders feel like they’ve actually nailed how to leverage big data to their advantage in the recruiting space. Less than a quarter believe that their org utilizes data well to make hiring decisions, leaving nearly 80% who think they are average or even poor at using data for hiring decisions.
202m+Registered members asof April 23rd, 20133M+17M+India6M+Canada70M+USA10M+Brazil34M+APACM+200+Countries and territories65%Of LinkedIn members areoutside of the USLinkedIn’s global footprint is expanding:EMEA50M+ UAE1M+3M+DACH4M+Italy5M+France4M+Spain4M+NL11M+UK1M+Sweden
#intalent93%of recruiters use or plan to useLinkedIn for recruitingSource: Jobvite 2012 Social Recruiting Survey.
#intalentRecruiting is…Source: LinkedIn survey of 334 recruiting professionals in the UK, May-July 2012.
#intalentYour biggest concern today?Source: ConnectIn survey.“Recruiting is extremely competitive.The talent pool is small and will onlyget worse this year, I fear.”
#intalentYou’re recruiting in a highly competitive landscape#1Biggest obstacles to attracting top talentCompetition#2 CompensationSource: LinkedIn survey of 334 recruiting professionals in the UK, May-July 2012.
#intalentYour biggest concern today?Source: LinkedIn Talent Blog.“Successfully putting a plan intomotion to switch from reactive toproactive recruiting.”
#intalentRecruiting leaders are doubling downOn proactive sourcing and specialist rolesIf you could add one role to your team rightnow, what would it be?Source: LinkedIn survey of 272 recruiting leaders in the UK, February 2013.#1 Sourcing specialist#2 Workforce planning manager
#intalentYour biggest concern today?“In a highly competitivemarketplace, having a valid andengaging employer brand thatdifferentiates is critical.”Source: Connect survey.
#intalentRecruiting leaders are doubling downOn employer branding91% Companies spent more or the same onemployer brand in 2012 compared to 2011Agree that employer brand has significantimpact on ability to hire great talent83%Source: LinkedIn survey of 3,028 recruiting professionals globally, October 2012.Paul MaxinGlobal Resourcing Director at Unilever
#intalentYour biggest concern today?Source: Connect in survey.“Finding the time to engage withpassive candidates and ensuring anengaging experience for them whilstbalancing day to day "here and now"activity.”
#intalentLegacy job boards are on the declineInternet job boardsSocial ProfessionalNetworks5% 8%Best sources for key quality hiresFastest-falling Fastest-risingSource: LinkedIn survey of 334 recruiting professionals in the UK, May-July 2012.
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#intalent LondonRethink how you’re spending your timeWhat 3 key activities would you like to refocus yourteam on in 20131Source: LinkedIn ConnectIn survey, April 2013Proactive Sourcing74%68Pipelining Candidates%52Employer Branding%
#intalentTurn your team members into talent scoutsLee YeapHead of Talent Acquisition at BSkyBPrevious BT, Robert WaltersEducation Nottingham TrentTipsStandardise all touch points for maximum leverage and efficiencyEmbed your recruiters into respective business units to help them liveand breathe the environment they are recruiting into2
#intalentEmbrace the power of dataAverage orpoor at usingdata78%22%Utilises datawellHow well does your organisation use data to makehiring decisions?Source: LinkedIn survey of 334 recruiting professionals in the UK, May-July 2012.3
#intalentonly one out of threeregularly measure employer brand in a quantifiable wayEmbrace the power of data3Source: LinkedIn survey of 3,028 recruiting professionals Globally, October 2012.
#intalentInvest in your pipelineTeresa GundrySourcing Manager at The Co-operativePrevious The Co-operative Group, RK AccountancyEducation Greenhead CollegeTipsGet commitment from hiring managers to interviewpotential candidates – regardless of hiring status4Educate stakeholders and agree SLAs
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