Aligning Talent Acquisition with Business Strategy Drives Competitive Advantage

New Report from Talent Function and Halogen Software Outlines Future of Talent Acquisition and Five Best Practices for Getting There

Las Vegas, NV (HR Technology Annual Conference – Booth #717) – October 3, 2011 – Halogen Software and Talent Function today released a new paper on the future of "Strategic Talent Acquisition." Authored by recruiting experts Elaine Orler and Mark McMillan of Talent Function the paper asserts that organizations can create a significant competitive advantage by proactively aligning talent acquisition to overall business strategy. 

Citing an evolution in recruiting departments, the paper finds that for organizations to truly move towards a model of strategic talent acquisition, their recruiting leaders must be focused on five areas: employer brand, a holistic talent pool, a co-hiring manager mentality, key business drivers, and a sales/marketing mentality - all supported by an integrated talent management technology platform.

"Talent is finally on the CEO’s agenda, yet many organizations struggle with how to take talent acquisition to a level where it is strategic and actually supports business outcomes," explains Elaine Orler, President and Co-Founder, Talent Function. "For organizations to be successful they need a new mindset where recruitment is not siloed, but is part of the larger talent management strategy, and a cohesive technology platform that will enable this."

The study found that the key technology features required to enable strategic talent acquisition include:

  • a talent acquisition platform that seamlessly links to other talent management processes,
  • access to the company’s performance based competencies and how they relate to the direction of the organization,
  • access to the company’s employee profiles for a holistic look at internal and external candidate potential,
    seamless hiring manager connection to the process for improved efficiency,
  • connection to succession and workforce planning to align with growth plans, and
  • integrated on-boarding, to promote brand and provide  the basis for better quality of hire metrics.

"This tight link between talent acquisition and other talent management functions is critical to support Strategic Talent Acquisition, and we’re impressed by how well Halogen Software has addressed this with theirHalogen eRecruitment™ module," added Mark McMillan, co-founder, Talent Function.

The Halogen eRecruitment solution completes the company’s end-to-end talent management suite, strategically bridging recruiting with all other talent management functions. The new product will be showcased in booth 717 of the HR Technology Conference and Exposition, highlighting the key features noted by Talent Function in the "Strategic Talent Acquisition" paper.

Read the Talent Function report and watch the Halogen eRecruitment video introduction to learn more.

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning, job descriptions, learning management and recruiting. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, education, manufacturing, public sector, hospitality, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers as the market leader in customer satisfaction, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visithttp://www.halogensoftware.com. Subscribe to Halogen Software's Employee Performance and Talent Management blog:http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/ or Follow Halogen Software on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HalogenSoftware.

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