In terms of talent acquisition, the consistent delivery of high-quality hires has to be the goal - and the best way that value can be added to the business. Therefore, the hiring methods that a team employ has to be of paramount importance and fully understood. After all, it is the success of these methods, how things are being done, that is largely responsible for successfully locating and attracting the quality of talent.
It stands to reason that the business performance of an organisation will increase if the quality of the staff that it acquires is improved. It's for that reason that the whole notion of cost-per-hire has its critics. In many circles, it's viewed as flawed and misguided. Some believe that it ignores the quality of the talent and the candidate and places far too much of a focus, and too narrow an emphasis, on the cost.
For a variety of reasons, people are now working for longer. Economic conditions, the raising of retirement ages, improved health and poor future personal financial planning are all contributory factors in this. Workers have to and, in many cases, want to work for longer into what would once have been their retirement years.
2020 has long been seen as a landmark date for recruitment. By 2020, the workforce will span across five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials (Generation Y) and the iGen or Generation Z.
Whether you categorise them as 'Millennials', 'The Millennial Generation' or 'Generation Y', one thing is sure: recruiters need to be at the top of their game if they are to attract the very best millennial talent to their organisations.
The benefits for HR teams in organisations in developing long-term partnerships with their recruiters are self-evident. Recruitment is only one (albeit a very important one) strand of the responsibilities that fall under HR's remit. It can also take up a considerable amount of time and resources. A solid and productive link with a recruitment specialist will free up a HR team's time to be able to focus on other core HR activity such as staff development.
The ultimate goal for recruiters is to have the best talent in the right jobs at any given time. Making sure there is always a strong field of candidates isn't so easy, of course. In reality, the perfect candidate might not be available when needed. And, when they are available, it will often be at a time when an organisation has no vacancies.