Skill Acquisition: Recruiting Strategy for Changing Times

August 5th 2021


Covid-19 fundamentally changed the way companies operate. Overnight it created a work-from-home culture for both employees and employers, reshaping every aspect of work. Yet, despite all of these massive transformations, HR leaders are now facing the pandemic’s ripple effects of restructuring jobs and reshaping positions in order to hire a more flexible workforce for uncertain times. The first step towards creating this resilient workforce starts with reimagining – how we hire.

This process will allow you to understand cross-over skills in different markets better and develop a conceptual framework for skills acquisition in recruitment. Simultaneously, this new way of thinking in recruitment will improve hiring effectiveness and add more value to business performance for years to come.


Why skill acquisition matters in recruitment

The coronavirus forced companies across all sectors to rethink how they operate. What quickly became clear was that companies did not need positions filled by workers – what they needed was employees with the skills to help them cope with the present calamity and be resilient in the future. What the pandemic revealed was that the very nature of traditional employment needed to be reimagined so that companies have a more flexible workforce that can help them creatively respond to future uncertainties.


Rethinking Hiring with Skill Acquisition

The pandemic has made companies more strategic about their operations and caused them to reshape work patterns to be more agile while allowing them to scale up or down as needed. This, in turn, has opened up a frank discussion about how and even when to replace jobs. But the next step in recruiting requires companies to look beyond the classic hiring categories of positions and jobs and recognize hiring skill sets is the next frontier in recruiting.


Skill Acquisition Hiring Model in Recruitment

To find the right talent from a skill acquisition perspective requires using analytics and data while thinking deeper about the firm’s needs both now and in the future. The skill acquisition hiring model is built around using different datasets that offer HR professionals more insight into the supply and demand for jobs that will affect the market for skills. This information can be combined with hiring strategies that help hiring teams advertise accordingly to attract the skills needed and even in the early detection of skill combinations needed for the firm to succeed.


Skill Analytics: Intelligence to Improve Recruitment Effectiveness

Skill Analytics has emerged as a critically important service in recruitment. Going beyond simply what are the new jobs on the job market and which jobs are growing and which are disappearing, skill analytics gives hiring teams more insight into when to reshape jobs and understand why and when to replace skills sets in their company.

Recruitment specialists trained in skill analytics can help HR professionals look beyond specific job-specific skills to understand skills trends and how to find and acquire the skills their firms need to stay competitive in the marketplace.

To learn more about how skills analytics can improve hiring velocity and recruitment, contact us.

Written by: Sushila Ramkisoensing

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