Cutting-Edge HR

Employers urged to redesign recruiting strategies. Research from workforce advisory and research firm Gartner Inc. urges employers to rethink how they acquire talent. In a September report, Gartner said just 16% of new hires possess the needed skills for both their current role and the future. Therefore, organizations need to shift their focus from replacing the workforce to shaping it through strategies based on the realities of the new recruiting landscape. Shaping the workforce means acquiring new skillsets from a diverse skills market that influences an organizations employment value propositions. Historically, recruiting has focused on acquiring quality talent with critical skills to meet an organizations short- and long-term objectives, but the old methods are unable to compete with the large-scale shifts to the workplace. Therefore, Gartner says recruiting functions need to make three shifts: (1) define talent needs by prioritizing skills instead of hiring profiles, (2) uncover the total skills market instead of targeting known talent pools, and 3) create responsive employment value propositions, not just responsive candidates.

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