What are businesses demanding of next-generation talent acquisition leaders?
Over the past 12 months, my team and I have completed numerous TA leadership searches for companies of all shapes and sizes — all of which bear out that a TA leader’s role continues to evolve well beyond traditional responsibilities (and boundaries) of merely filling jobs. More than just organizational figureheads, TA leaders have consistently amassed greater responsibility as the scope of their position has expanded and the realm of recruiting has transformed.
But before I get into what companies look for most in their future TA leaders, it’s worth taking a look at the past to understand how we got here.
A Brief History of Modern TA Leadership
As we entered the post-Y2K era, TA leaders were focused on implementing tools and technology to drive standard processes and compliance. Recruiting began its move out of old filing cabinets and fax machines and into shiny new applicant tracking systems. You can understand why recruiters quickly embraced such software. It was a convenient way to sift through applications, resumes, and support much-needed process management.
Over the past decade, as the economy boomed and unemployment rates remained low, TA leaders were forced to become savvy marketers. An ATS was no longer just a place to house candidates; it also became a source of leads whom recruiters could engage by using advanced CRM and marketing techniques. Candidates quickly became customers, and we saw a heavy emphasis placed on strategy and tools to augment candidate experience and recruitment marketing.
In the last five years, TA professionals have been pressed to consistently prove their value by driving recruiting performance through key performance indicators and service-level agreements. At the same time, there has been a push to develop advanced sourcing programs that uncover and engage in-demand talent in a near full-employment economy.
Which brings us to today. As I am writing this, TA leaders must weather the storm that is COVID-19 and guide their organizations through uncharted waters. With that in mind, here are the top three themes that have emerged when talking with CHROs and management teams about the recruiting leadership they need for the future.
The TA Leader of Tomorrow
1. The Technocrat
The same priorities of the last two decades continue to fill modern TA leaders’ agendas. With hundreds of recruiting-related technology platforms in the market today, determining the right mix of tools and resources can be overwhelming. Artificial intelligence, programmatic media, and mobile enablement are all designed to enhance the candidate experience, improve outcomes, and deliver business value. But at what cost? And what are the real results?
Across the board, our clients are seeking TA leaders capable of evaluating the current suite of available recruiting tools to secure a maximum return on investment. Continue reading here…