Talent Acquisition Digest for January 19, 2015

Over the last week or so, there have been several great articles that are relevant to our space.  Here are a few of my favorite that you should check out:

We all saw the great news last week about job openings being at a 14-year high.  I think this Houston Chronicle article raised some interesting thoughts about the situation, as the pace of hiring has not kept upjobseekers with the increase in job openings.  Are employers being “too picky” when selecting new employees?  Possibly they are, because they think there still loads of candidates to choose from, which clearly isn’t true.  From an industry perspective, this is obviously good news as companies will need more recruiters, technology and services to help them keep pace in a pre-recession competitive environment.

Bravo to Intel!!  They have pledged $300 million dollars to create a more diverse workforce (read: women and minorities).  This doesn’t appear to be one of those instances where the CEO commits to something and nothing changes.  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is tying executive compensation to reaching the goals and has committed to full representation in Intel’s workforce by 2020.  (As a note, Intel was my first employer out of college and they always hold a special place in my heart, but I am indeed impressed by this commitment).

In today’s HR Examiner, Jeff Dickey-Chasins, aka “The Job Board Doctor” writes “What’s Really Disrupting the Job Board Industry.”  While I agree with Jeff’s conclusion that the industry has really been an evolution and neither LinkedIn nor Indeed have been truly disruptive, I was disappointed that he didn’t mention some of the more revolutionary things going on in the industry — specifically advanced artificial intelligence that is matching job seekers to open positions, rather than either the job seeker or the employer needing to search for them.

Finally, I have an HCI webinar to recommend – “New Research — Leveraging Internal Mobility to Alleviate Talent Scarcity.”  While I haven’t yet seen the research, nor heard the presenters speak, I have great passion around advance internal mobility programs and truly believe companies that get this right will have a significant advantage in the marketplace.  If you don’t currently have a program, or think yours needs an overhaul, this might be worth an hour of your time.  HCI’s webinars are typically informative and valuable.

Have you read anything in the past week that you’d recommend?  Let me know in the comments below.

About Kara Yarnot

Kara founded Meritage Talent Solutions to provide tailored talent acquisition solutions to employers and employment services companies. Kara has over 17 years of leadership experience in talent acquisition and recruiting for several FORTUNE® 500 organizations, including Boeing, Intel, and SAIC.

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