This week, members of the Cielo team, including yours truly, attended the HCI Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference in Boston, MA. After walking the expo floor it dawned on me as well as my other team members that there were many more recruitment technology vendors compared to years past.

As this trend seems to be growing it begs some questions:

  1. What is the right technology to invest in?
  2. Are recruiters more effective and efficient with technology?

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The answer to both is: it depends. According to Cielo’s Talent Acquisition 360 research, “delivering quality hires consistently” is perceived as the most important strategic function of talent acquisition for all stakeholders. Technology alone with a “post and pray” or “set it and forget it” mentality will not get the job done regardless of the tool.

Where to begin? Start with your recruiters:

  1. Evaluate the skills of recruiters and supporting staff on a regular basis
  2. Commit resources to continuous learning and development
  3. Engage outside providers in a way that builds the acumen of internal staff

With the stakes so high, many executives and talent leaders agree the best way to transform talent acquisition capabilities is to work with an outside partner. The Cielo Talent Acquisition 360 research reveals that organizations using Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) providers are more than twice as likely to rate their organizations’ talent acquisition performance as effective when compared to non-RPO users.

It has been said many times, but the moral of the story is that recruitment technology is only as good as the recruiter using it.