Human Resource Executive: New Study Exposes Universal Challenges for Talent Acquisition Leaders

Sue Marks, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cielo, recently contributed a thought leadership piece to Human Resource Executive magazine. The article, titled, “New Study Exposes Universal Challenges for Talent Acquisition Leaders,” touches on the results of Cielo’s Talent Acquisition 360 research. Among other significant findings, Cielo’s research found that the challenges faced by talent acquisition leaders are not always segmented by industry or geographic location.

Excerpts from the article:

“Cielo recently teamed up with research groups to survey nearly 700 hiring organizations in North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The study uncovered the perspectives HR and talent acquisition leaders, business unit leaders and C-level executives held regarding their organizations’ talent acquisition functions. We assumed their answers would vary based on location and industry – but the results surprised us.”

“When it comes to the perceived importance and effectiveness of talent acquisition functions, the challenges faced by talent acquisition leaders are universal. Around the globe and throughout all industry sectors, talent leaders are encountering identical obstacles.”

“Despite strong support from C-level executives, talent acquisition teams are struggling to meet the basic expectations of business unit leaders. These stakeholders consistently rated talent acquisition’s effectiveness as much lower than satisfactory across the 12 key dimensions of effective talent acquisition.”

“Over the last 25 years, the majority of talent acquisition leaders have focused on automating processes and adopting new recruiting technologies – calling it innovation, and losing sight of the true recruiting acumen that drives actual hiring outcomes, meaning the recruiters themselves and their ability to engage candidates. While modern technology and streamlined recruiting workflows certainly contribute to effective talent acquisition functions, they must not take priority over delivering on what matters most: continuously improving core recruiting capabilities in order to consistently hire high-quality candidates.”

Sue aptly details select findings from Cielo’s global research. The full Talent Acquisition 360 report is currently being reviewed and discussed by talent acquisition executives at roundtable events in Chicago and London. You can find the full article here: “New Study Exposes Universal Challenges for Talent Acquisition Leaders.”

The full Talent Acquisition 360 research report can be found here.