Future Talent: Talent Acquisition Skills Lost in the Search for Innovation

Seb O’Connell, Cielo’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Europe and APAC, was recently published on Changeboard’s Future Talent blog. His article, “Talent Acquisition Skills Lost in the Search for Innovation,” explores the decline in core recruiting skills affecting businesses worldwide and provides five ways to turn that around.

Excerpts from the article:

“’Innovation’ is a major drive for HR right now. And why wouldn’t it be? Publications are running cover stories calling for the disassembly of HR and the creation of something new. In the wake of this (seemingly) popular call for the department’s dismantling, many HR leaders have turned to new technologies in hopes of fending off the pitchforks.”

“Technology dependence is not the path forward HR is looking for. It will not keep the naysayers at bay because it is not providing the value our businesses want.”

“Relationships are the foundation upon which organisations are built. So it should come as no surprise that developing strong relationships with candidates and hiring managers should be one of talent acquisition’s top priorities. These are your two primary customers, after all.”

“Recruiting acumen, or the ability of your people to determine the quality of a candidate, is another key trait that cannot be reduced to checkboxes in a software program. A candidate’s school, GPA and job history provide important data points, but reveal nothing about their personality or integrity. This is where human judgement plays a key role.”

“Like discerning character, the ability to perceive whether or not a candidate will mesh with the company’s culture is another aspect of talent acquisition that demands a human touch. Familiarity with the hiring organisation, its industry and its unique personality are key to finding the right people to fill roles.”

Seb’s insights echo the findings in Cielo’s Talent Acquisition 360, in which nearly 700 stakeholders from organizations around the world were surveyed. You can read his full article here: “Talent Acquisition Skills Lost in the Search for Innovation.”