Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
In today’s workforce, the evolving role of recruiters is becoming even more pivotal. Candidates aren’t attracted, sourced and recruited the same way they were a decade ago. The transactional tactics of matching skills, work experience and compensation to job descriptions no longer bear the same fruits. As the industry moves toward predictive analytics, digital ecosystems and on-demand talent pools, the best recruiters are confronted with the challenges of casting wide yet targeted nets. And the question becomes: where do they find the right talent, and who are those candidates? We wrote recently that the most effective sourcing processes are beginning to mirror business development and marketing mindsets. By borrowing a page from the inbound marketing playbook, we can retool the notion of buyer personas to create talent personas that uncover the top candidates we need -- for any client.
Today’s business environment is defined by the fluidity of globalization. In a short span of time, technology has eroded many of the barriers -- both physical and social -- that have separated people through the ages. We’ve entered a new world of work where our tools, processes and even people function in “the cloud.” The rigid structures and staffing constraints of brick-and-mortar operations are hobbling hiring managers who must make real-time adjustments to the workforce in order to remain competitive. The MSPs that support them are feeling the same pain. It’s unlikely that this protracted war for talent will be won by the old “boots on the ground” mentality. Those days have passed. Tomorrow’s victors will be the MSPs and employers with their heads in the clouds -- rather, the human cloud.