How to win the war for talent in 2017?

In today’s technology-driven marketplace, winning the war for talent may appear as an insurmountable task. Right from a startup to a big conglomerate—everybody has put his/her best foot forward in finding the talent with niche technical or amazing sales skills.



In 2017, recruiting as well as retaining the best-in-class talent will be one of the top priorities of talent acquisition professionals. A highly capable and nimble team is probably the best investment for an organization in innovation and the capability to leverage unexpected scopes successfully. This is why, recent studies have revealed that HR leaders and talent acquisition professionals expect an uptick in recruitment volumes in 2017.

Freelancing is soon become an important aspect of workforce management, as several studies have predicted that the talent pool will soon be made up of as much as 40% of freelancers. More interestingly, 93% of organizations have already reported having a blended workforce—where freelancers work in tandem with full-time employees.

Part-time executives are so far the most efficient and effective method to gain access to top talent to address solving various problems, driving mission-critical projects, and tapping into a more diversified talent pool.

Recent studies reveal that if a talent acquisition professional want to reap the benefits of short/part-time workforce, they should keep the following things in mind:

·         Emphasis on employee value fit:  The level as well as extent of an organization’s entire employee values fit plays a key role in determining if a business boasts of a market-leading talent pool, as suggested by a research body. Remember, a recruiting “fit” does not mean about recruiting a homogenous group of people.Instead, the emphasis should be given on the behaviors and shared values that manifest all organizational values.

·         Development of a project mindset al across the team: One of the effective ways to develop a project mindset in part-time employees is to assign everyone the project the person(s) will be responsible for and whom they will report to or work with. Once all team members have the clarity of their job roles and positions, they will be able to collaborate better with one another.

·         Focus on EQ: Emotional quotient or emotional intelligence signifies a person’s ability to identify the emotions around him/her and then, use and understand that to guide both actions and thoughts with regard to other people or anticipated results. This factor is playing a significant role in today’s recruitment process, especially when it comes to recruiting senior leaders.

And there is a reason behind the growing importance of EQ. According to research, various technical competencies are secondary to EQ especially in terms of team delivery and workplace effectiveness and this is because an individual’s EQ shapes his/her leadership style and personality and consequently, the group dynamic.

In 2017, talent acquisition professionals should consider all these aforesaid factors while expanding their talent pool. And if you like to know more about the latest hiring trends and tricks, you are advised to opt for a course on human resources management certifications. With talent acquisition and HR management getting more complex, several HR certificationinstitutes are coming up with cutting-edge certification programs. HR professional certifications are these days acting as a stepping stone for forward-looking HR professionals.

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