This is Last Week in Talent, where yours truly runs down all the most interesting, important and intriguing talent and recruiting-related information from the last week in recruiting and hiring.
In case you missed it, Entelo (yes, us!) announced our Series C round last week (ps, we're hiring), Amazon announced they are buying Whole Foods (for the estimated equivalent of 3.7 billion bottles of Kumbucha), Careerbuilder just got bought, Wordpress is closing their super nice SF (office because no one actually uses it), McDonalds is using Snapchat to recruit, Facebook is teaching machines to negotiate with humans, Slack is raising a $500M megaround and Culture Amp announced that they had raised a $20M Series C.
Summer has arrived! Which means if you have a pool you spent all weekend working on your tan, sipping pina coladas and blasting Hall and Oates (or maybe that was just me). If not, you probably did everything in your power to stay cool (Hello three shower days!)
But content never tires and the War for Talent is showing no signs of cooling off, so welcome to a sunny and summery edition of Last Week in Talent.
Believe it or not, it’s not too late to lock in your attendance at three awesome conferences happening later this month.
Depending on your location, SHRM’s Annual Confab in New Orleans, The Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference in Boston, or Talent42 in Seattle could be just what the doctor ordered to give your talent acquisition and recruiting the jolt it needs as you head into the summer doldrums.
Each event features top-notch speakers, sessions, attendees and networking that will have you delivering ROI like it’s going out of style. Read one for all of the details and then it’s up to you to choose which one is the best rocketship for your particular trip to the recruiting stratosphere and back.
Hello friends! I’m just back from a splendid vacation in beautiful and surprisingly sunny Ireland, so today’s Last Week in Talent will be slightly briefer than usual. So, my deepest apologies for that, but trust me when I say that what I do have is pretty darn good, so be sure to dive in for all the best data, insight and news this side of Timbuktu. Please and thank you. Now, without further ado, here's what we're cooking with in the wide world of talent, recruiting and everything in between.
Happy hunting and thanks for reading.
What jobs are least susceptible to automation [Vice Money]
Why there’s no such thing as big data in HR but your data still matters more than ever [Harvard Review of Business].
This might be as good as it gets for the American job market [New York Times]
Guess what: Remote work is here to stay [Wall Street Journal]
Happy post-Memorial Day short work week everyone!
I hope my American readers enjoyed a long weekend of resplendent weather, not too competitive wiffle ball and ample barbecued foodstuffs. This is Last Week in Talent, the we're-so-close-to-summer-I-can-smell-the-suncreen-and-taste-the-rosé edition.
So let's get cracking. On the macro side, unemployment crept up for the first time in three weeks but the overall labor market remains robust as the four week average of unemployment claims sunk to their lowest level since 1974. Welp, let the great talent hunt of 2017 continue and maybe tell your cousin Kevin to put down the controller and go find a job, for the good of everyone.
In other news, Apple hired a new diversity chief who will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, veteran tech reporter Walt Mossberg wrote his final column at Recode before he retires (fare the well, Walt), Amazon is recruiting healthcare experts to help break into pharmaceuticals, Google heads to China for talent and...attention and, alongside Facebook, empties the data science talent pool like there’s no tomorrow, which could be one reason Airbnb created their own internal university to train more data scientists.
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The biggest news in talent last week is that Google is launching the job search engine to rule them all powered by their robust machine learning and AI algorithms. With partnerships in place with the biggest job boards, it looks like Google for Jobs will complement existing solutions, for now.
But Google is not alone with it’s focus on AI and machine learning, and this deep dive by Fortune Magazine is an excellent primer on how many companies are leveraging smart computing to change the way hiring operates.
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Last week the jobless rate hit a 10 year low while hiring and wages grew. In possibly related news, USA Today reported that job-hopping is on the rise: “63% of workers are open to making a switch, according to a separate national survey of 2,156 employees that ADP conducted. Seventeen percent are looking while 46% are receptive to an overture from a recruiter.”
Most of the time you fall into a YouTube black hole, you’re watching videos of cats, movie trailers, late night talk show clips, or some other hilarious but useless nonsense. That's me most of the time, but last week I found myself watching a whole lot of recruiting and talent management videos.
After the first handful, I thought to myself: “Hey, some of these have been really interesting--maybe I should share them!” So, after sorting the wheat from the chaff, here are seven intriguing, educational, and fun talks about the world of hiring, recruiting, and talent.
Speakers range from former Google Senior VP of People Laszlo Bock, famed entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, a16z founder and partner Ben Horowitz, author Malcolm Gladwell and even a very young Steve Jobs. The clips range in length from just a few minutes up to a half hour, but each includes fascinating insights, ideas, and takeaways that will benefit every talent pro, no matter how long you’ve been in the game.
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Automation is the word on the tip of everyone’s tongue, which is probably why The Pew Research Center just released a report on the future of jobs and job training. In short, people will need to become more agile and adaptable, while also developing the cognitive and interpersonal skills that can’t be performed by machines. Sounds simple enough, until you read that entry-level lawyers are already in the crosshairs of some apps. Fortune, taking a more optimistic approach, is looking at the jobs that will be created by automation. One plus two minus four equals....nevermind.
Greetings friends and welcome to May,
This week we’ve got a truckful of interesting data points and trend analysis from across the technology, recruiting and human capital spectrums. This is Last Week in Talent. This week we’ve got a real humdinger, with all the recruiting news, industry analysis, and data points you need to be the smartest person in your Monday morning meeting.
Imagine you had to fluently speak and understand numerous different jargons, lexicons, and technical subjects, while also needing to accurately assess other people’s mastery of those skillsets. Now imagine doing it multiple times a day with different people in 15 to 30 minute increments. It almost sounds like some crazy version of nerdy speed dating, right? Almost, but not quite. It’s just technical interviewing!
Technical interviewing doesn’t need to feel like a DMV trip. But many organizations handicap themselves with one-size fit all interviewing and hiring processes that make it for more painful than it needs to be.
Happy Monday, friends. This is the third edition of Last Week in Talent, our weekly roundup of headlines, data points and for the talent, recruiting technology space. But enough about me and onto the headlines.
New Zealand found out that, in an uncertain world, isolation is a pretty effective recruiting perk for tech talent (also nerds reallllly love Lord of the Rings), Facebook’s new Slack-killer chat app Workplace launched a bunch of new features and announced they will have a free version, the New York Times explained how the retail industry employment apocalypse is upon us, Recode explains the state of the H1B1 visa program in five charts, students and alums of Morehouse are tackling tech diversity, and, according to a new Pew Survey, it turns out millennials aren’t quite the job hoppers we (as a society) said they were.
Happy last day to do your taxes, one and all! If you’re one of the estimated 1 in 7 people who wait until the last minute, good luck and get moving! If you’re not, congrats. You have fulfilled your civic duty this year!
In the meantime, we’ve got the brand new second edition of Last Week in Talent coming in hot with all the talent-related headlines, insights, data points and long reads to help make you the smartest and best-informed talent pro at your Monday staff meeting each and every week.
And if you're headed to San Diego for ERE this week, be sure to check out our handy dandy guide.
The world of recruiting and hiring is changing. Millions of baby boomers are retiring each year as millions of millennials join the workforce in their stead. All while technology evolves at a breakneck pace and changes the nature of entire industries and career paths almost overnight. Small wonder that many business leaders around the world now worry about their ability to hire the people they need to stay competitive.