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Talent acquisition, by profession, simply refers to the job and process of sourcing, attracting, recruiting, interviewing and maintaining employees to the succession of a company or an organization. It is a corporate function of the Human Resources department. Talent acquisition is comprised of a broader field compare to the archaic word we simply know as recruitment.
The persons within the Human Resource department of a company tasked with talent acquisition are called Talent Managers. These talent managers work with internal teams, assist in recruitment efforts. They also assess employees. They lead employment marketing activities, branding campaigns, internal programs, and develop employee engagement and retention programs.
9 Talent Acquisition Best Practices
Human Resource experts have identified the following best practices in talent acquisition for successful hires:
Spreading good word is the key – Communicate with company’s employees about the company’s growth prospects, practices and future requirements. This is for the employees to feel that they are integral part of the company and in exchange they will talk good things about the company to others.
Use social networking sites – Social Networking sites are good platforms to promote the company and also to keep track of talented individuals.
Create partnerships with future possible workers – Scout for possible engagement with training and early career programs like in High School for tasks that are projected to face more workers demand in the future
Hold initial interviews and pre-employment background check - It is important to know whether a prospective team member of the company had records or criminal offenses or others that could be crucial to his function as an employee.
Focus to the fitness of a job candidate - To know whether an aspirant to work with the company would stay, his cultural and moral fitness to the position being offered should be pre-determined.
Create brand awareness - Making people aware of the existence of your company gives it a greater shot at finding better and more competitive individuals for your company as brand awareness convince them your company has so much to offer.
Keep your eyes and ears open to track high performers – This could strengthen your company’s work profiles when you have been able to identify the characteristics, abilities, and qualifications of the team members .
Identify employment brand obstacles – This will help to develop a strategy to dismiss negative perceptions to the company.
Device a feedback mechanism – Knowing what your team members need gives your company better chance at addressing their issues immediately and keeps your company from losing a possible asset.
Reports said 50% of organizations are facing predicaments in filling in key positions but using the best talent acquisition practices would solve these predicaments. A good talent is considered a gold that is hard to find but retaining it and not letting it get tarnished are harder jobs. It always pays well to consult and apply the available practices as a badly hired employee could cause your company losses while a great and deliberately chosen hire does nothing but good to your company and boost its productivity.
Julian Hartley provides advice for DinaliC.com, a talent acquisition company.