3 Reasons Why the Power is in the Talent's Hands

By J.T. O'Donnell

Time-to-fill rates have reached a 13-year high, yet hiring managers still have the same expectations and wonder why talent isn't rushing through the doors. The joys of recruiting, right? If you’re feeling like you’re being asked to find purple squirrels, you’re not alone. In fact, any savvy recruiter is probably experiencing this. Why? We’re facing a power shift in hiring. The new employment ecosystem now places the power firmly in the hands of talent, making the job for recruiters more challenging. Here’s the good news: there are many ways we can balance out this shift and reignite our love for recruiting. However, that starts by understanding the specific reasons why the power has shifted.

3 Reasons Why the Power is in the Talent's Hands

The Hourglass Workforce

You've likely heard about the impending talent gap. Many Baby Boomers will be leaving the workforce with a narrow Generation X to fill their shoes. This means an equally large Millennial workforce will be faced with filling the open positions left in the Baby Boomer’s wake. The problem? With this turnover comes a gap in talent where there are fewer qualified, experienced professionals to hire. As open positions increase and sophisticated job seekers are able to become more selective than ever, it’s up to employers to win them over with their company culture.

Culture Over Compensation

Professionals in 2015 want, and expect, to be happy at work. In fact, 96% of participants in a recent poll stated that it’s more important to love their job than it is to be paid more. They no longer want to work for companies, and instead, expect to work with them. This means that talent is looking for businesses with which they’re aligned, showcased by the fact that nearly three quarters of professionals are seeking employers whose work environment fosters a strong team and personal development. Perks are great, competitive compensation is valued, and cool office spaces are enticing, but without a compelling culture and values, an employer will be overlooked.

Candidates Are Consumers

With the boom of the digital age, consumers are changing the ways they interact with brands and make buying decisions. With 81% of consumers researching products online before making a purchase, marketers have recognized the need to earn their attention and establish credibility to increase the chances of gaining loyal customers. It doesn’t take a marketing professional to recognize that the same people who research the products companies sell are also candidates researching potential employers. Mirroring the behavior of savvy consumers who learn everything they can about a brand, sophisticated job seekers are in control of finding employers with whom they want to engage.

You won’t see sophisticated job seekers looking first at job postings, but instead, will find them reading content, watching videos, and evaluating testimonies from existing employees. If an employer doesn’t drive consideration of their positions by connecting with target candidates, they will lose talent to someone who does. Now more than ever talent has control of the companies they interact with and will require more than an open position to be compelled to apply.

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Jeanine Tanner “J.T.” O’Donnell is the Founder & CEO of CAREEREALISM and CareerHMO. O'Donnell is a career strategist who helps American workers of all ages find greater professional satisfaction. Unlike other advisers, O’Donnell works with both individual clients and corporations, giving her access to emerging workforce trends. In addition to helping professionals, O'Donnell is experienced in company storytelling and helps companies strategize ways to reveal their talent brand to obtain top talent. With 18+ years of experience, managing, training, and coaching people of all ages on a wide variety of career topics, O'Donnell is a Nationally Syndicated Career Advice Author in 130+ Newspapers. O'Donnell is also a LinkedIn Influencer with 950K+ Followers. Follow her @jtodonnell.

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