Championing Talent Acquisition Professionals

Talent acquisition professionals want their solution provider to help them navigate and benefit from the rapid technology innovations, and to strongly support them in their transition to the new technology or tool.

I deeply admire talent acquisition professionals and their tenacity at helping their organizations find, attract, and hire quality talent that is aligned with their organization’s values, culture, and mission. It is not an easy job to do. Talent acquisition professionals overcome all sorts of obstacles to achieve their goals.  Many organizations are competing for a very limited qualified talent pool. Other times they are being bombarded by numerous resumes from a mix of qualified and unqualified talent and it is difficult to figure out which candidate would be the best fit for their organizations. shutterstock_238457194

Talent acquisition technology can help with this talent acquisition process.  Based on Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Talent Acquisition Technology survey, the great majority of organizations consider a wide range of functionalities to be essential or critical to their business. From a sourcing or recruiting standpoint, the functionalities considered most essential are: online applications (94%), applicant tracking (93%), job posting distribution (87%), analytics/dashboards (76%), and candidate search/recommendations (74%).

Of course, there are additional functionalities in talent acquisition that are considered important in the areas of evaluating (interviewing) and onboarding. There are just too many to list here.  Talent acquisition professionals have a myriad of responsibilities and recent technology innovations to consider, such as social recruiting and video interviewing.

The conundrum is that while many of these functionalities are considered important or even critical, organizations seem to be only moderately satisfied with them.

What do talent acquisition professionals want? I believe – and our research supports — that talent acquisition professionals want their provider to help them navigate and benefit from the rapid technology innovations, to provide an intuitive, easy to use, and effective solution, and to strongly support them in their transition to the new technology or tool.

Daria Friedman, Principal Analyst, Talent Acquisition, Brandon Hall Group

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.