We believe that you should always be learning. A great way to improve your recruiting skills and stand out from your competitors to have a broad knowledge of your industry and the changes and trends that are affecting it. We have gathered five news stories from the week that we hope will inspire you to think a little differently about how you can do your job.
1. I Spy… A Change In The Cyber Industry
The cyber security industry is making strides in changing its recruiting image. Typically this sector is seen as stagnant and non-diverse when it comes to it’s recruiting process, adjectives that no profession wants to be associated with. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are launching their CyberFirst initiative. This program is pioneering a recruitment scheme aimed at attracting teenage girls into the cyber security industry. The competition that runs between 27th February and 6th March will test the girls on several different components of the cyber industry such as coding, cryptography and logic
Only 10% of the global cyber workforce are female and the NCSC recognise the importance of changing this perception. The program is taking advantage of the role that technology plays in young adults lives. With access to the internet through so many different mediums, a career in technology is a much more natural path for young girls than it once was- and the CyberFirst campaign intends to capitalise on this.
Girls can compete in teams of four and will compete against schools from all over the country and the top ten teams will be invited to London for the final round of the competition.
2. The Power of Purpose
We have spoken at length about how important the power of purpose can be when it comes to employer branding and promoting company culture. In a webinar last week, Kirsten Davidson from Glassdoor and Johnny Campbell from Social Talent talked about how important the ‘WHY’ component of your company can be for defining your purpose. Not just WHAT you do but WHY you do it.
They’re not the only ones who recognise the power of the WHY.
TOMS, The Honest Company and Starbucks are also firm believers in the power of purpose. Each of these three global companies are in agreement of the three key lessons to follow when it comes to creating a sense of purpose for their employees.
1. Source purpose driven candidates
2. Help your employees embrace the sense of purpose
3. Share the numbers to highlight your company’s impact.
The full article can be found on LinkedIn’s Talent Blog and provides amazing examples of how these companies have gone above and beyond to establish their company’s purpose and then promote it within their business on a daily basis.
3.How Talent Acquisition Teams Can Take A Magnifying Glass To Their Own Process
“If there’s a fire that you’re trying to douse you can’t put it out from inside the house.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton Musical
There’s a small possibility that you haven’t heard of the hit broadway musical Hamilton. But you don’t need to be acquainted with the musical’s phenomenal album (that can be found on Spotify) to see some truth in the phrase above.
It can often be difficult to solve a problem when you are too closely related to a situation. When it comes to talent acquisition it is one thing to set up a process from scratch, but it is another challenge to tweak an existing process for maximum effect.
In an article for ERE, Jill Witty explains how talent acquisition teams must take the lead from the other departments within their company when it comes to making decisions around the hiring process. In the article How A Talent Acquisition Team Can Look At Its Own Hiring Plan, Witty refers to the benefits of basing your company’s hiring plan according to information gathered from your sales team.
The hiring process is very similar to the sales process when it comes to sourcing, gathering leads, qualifying these leads and then initiating the contact process.
The talent acquisition team are at the core of the company’s success so it’s crucial that they are working as efficiently as possible. This includes the department’s goals being strategically aligned with the other departments and the leadership team.
Looking outwards and seeking inspiration from other areas in the company can help talent acquisition teams create concrete plans to drive the company forward year after year.
4. How Intelligent Is AI?
Artificial Intelligence is a word that is appearing more and more frequently. As it’s presences increases in a variety of industries it more essential than ever that recruiters get comfortable with its powerful potential.
AI can be a great support system to the recruitment industry. AI can be used to conduct deeper research and draw conclusions that lie beyond the face of a CV or resumé. Recruiters now have the potential to create a more complete picture of a candidate by pulling together different strands of a person’s online presence. Artificial Intelligence is anchored by the concept that a candidate is the sum of their parts. All of these contributing features of a candidate’s personality, past work experience, education can help machines to correctly determine if they would be a successful long-term employee.
The potential benefits of embracing AI into the world of recruitment is two-fold. The more technology is adopted the greater effect it will have on creating successful job descriptions that will draw in a more accurately sourced candidate.
While there are fears that artificial intelligence could have a negative effect on the recruitment industry but it’s important to acknowledge the benefits that come with it such as the eradication of unconscious bias, the time efficiency and the ultimate increase in successful hires.
5. A Change Is Gonna Come For Immigrant Workers
In the United States immigrant workers tend to make up the majority of the workforce across these industries:
However, those who have recently immigrated to the United States are influencing some changes on the statistics shown above.
People who have recently immigrated are more likely to have a higher standard of education, particularly a bachelor’s degree, than those who would have immigrated before 2010. An article published on Indeed also explored the demographic differences that are having an effect on the immigrant workforce within the US.
There is a more diversity within the immigrant population today as more people from Asia are choosing to live and work in America.
There is a shift in the type of work recent arrivals to America are aiming to work in with a focus on the technology and professional sectors and not mainly the agriculture and maintenance industries as we have seen before.
This is likely to have a domino effect on the immigration and workforce policies that govern business within the US and it will be interesting to see how these reflect the uniquely diverse culture that makes America such a global business super-power.
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