Category: Candidate engagement

The “Resume Black Hole” is Not a Myth


Since the economy bottomed out in 2008, the “resume black hole” has gained folklore status, cropping up in the national employment conversation like clockwork every few months. And while employers would prefer to believe it’s a myth, a recent survey of over 2,500 job seekers conducted by our team at Seven Step RPO proved otherwise. 

The “resume black hole” is real – and employers’ broken job application processes are to blame. ...  read more

How to Win the Regional Talent War


The fight for top talent throughout the country has never been tougher, and companies are struggling to recruit, hire, and retain the regional talent they need in order to succeed. To make things even more difficult, competition is no longer just limited to other companies in the direct line of business since ”Shared Services” positions such as IT, Finance, Marketing, and Customer Service constitute the majority of common positions that all companies must fill.

So what does a TA leader do when there is a substantial amount of regional competition for the same types of candidates?  ...  read more

Powering Up Internal Mobility: Treat Internal Candidates Like External Candidates!

The War for Talent continues to threaten organizations with unexpected attrition and loss of human capital.  To fight this war, companies spend an incredible amount of money on assessment software, internal career sites, corporate citizenship, and learning & development, all with the goal of getting employees to love what they do, where they work, and their career path at the company. It's a tall order!  For those that can pull it off, lower attrition rates, higher productivity, and increased internal mobility is their reward.

There is an interesting line drawn in HR between Talent Acquisition and Talent Development departments.  One is responsible for finding the employee and the other grows and retains them once hired. While there are many different aspects of these two HR functions, there are also so many foundational similarities. Talent Management needs to apply Talent Acquisition best practices post hire in order to achieve ideal staff retention and growth within the organization....  read more

Talent Community Essentials

There's a lot of buzz in the talent acquisition world around talent communities. In fact, we recently wrote about how all employers actually already have a talent community. Nurturing a talent community can maximize an employer’s hiring potential, but how does an employer maintain those relationships?

First, we need to keep in mind that just because people are in your talent community does not make them active candidates. These members could be fans of your Facebook page, alumni, brand loyalists, or past applicants (from years ago). They can however represent your future hires. The stars have just not aligned quite yet. The ideal job opportunity hasn’t been opened (or pitched). The timing just isn’t right for the candidate to leave a current position or relocate. Or when they were looking 3 years ago, they didn’t yet have the skill set they have now. The key here is to maintain relationships, but to offer more than just job. How do you get prospects to enter into long-term relationships with you?

In this post, we’ll cover some of the methods various employers use to stay in touch with their talent base....  read more

Will Facebook Recruiting Be A Friend or Foe to RPO?

"Like" it or not, the social recruiting universe is expanding. Facebook has entered the scene with its long-awaited job board, aggregating open positions from an array of public and private career resources to help candidates find jobs. So will Facebook prove a friend or foe to RPO?

Our opinion: friend.

Like LinkedIn, Facebook has an opportunity to expand its influence among jobseekers by becoming a go-to resource for companies looking to reach their largest, most diverse applicant pools. The more jobseekers Facebook attracts, the more companies will rely on Facebook as a recruiting tool, creating an organic cycle of improvement that benefits everyone involved – especially recruiters.

That's because behind every great recruiting tool lies an even better recruiter. A large applicant pool is always beneficial, but it's the recruiter who can sift through that pool to find the star players who will succeed....  read more

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