Fri Sep 18 2020

Recruiter's Zeitgeist - Getting Skilled

How good are your digital skills?

This topic has been coming up a lot recently, both in this newsletter and in other, less important, places. Covid-19 has accelerated recruitment’s slide into the online, and it looks like remote hiring is going to be here to stay. Find Out Now conducted a survey on a representative panel of 350 recruiters about their use of tech during the pandemic, here’s what they had to say:

  • 80% used at least one remote hiring technique during lockdown

  • More than 50% said they had no face-to-face contact with candidates, and depended entirely on remote hiring techniques

  • Only 14% believe they saw a reduction in unconscious bias 

  • While 37% said they found it more difficult to find the right talent

  • 66% expect to move to a more hybrid model of hiring going forward

  • 25% feel they are not prepared to shift to the new way of working

Old-school recruitment processes rely quite a lot on how good your chat is; your ability to charm a person when you meet them in person and your ability to get a good feel of them. Over the phone or via a video call, a certain element is missing. Body language isn’t there, rapports are harder to build with dodgy phone lines and internet connections, and you can’t trick people into liking you by buying them a coffee and a croissant. Well, technically you could send them a coffee and a croissant (or a tea and a pain au chocolat) but you’d probably have to ask for their home address and it might all just be a little creepy. 

The point is, most recruiters agree on the fact that digital recruitment is going to be the way forward, but they don’t all think it’s working as well as it needs to be. 

So, how do we fix this?

Well, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation have stepped in to help. In partnership with Future Learn, they’ve launched a free course to help recruiters and companies better adjust to remote hiring - Online Recruitment and Onboarding: Providing Continuity for Business and Candidates.

The course lasts for three weeks and teaching is led by Neil Carberry, the CEO of REC, and Catalina Schveninger, Chief People Officer at FutureLearn. 

Schevinger said: “It is critical that recruiters are provided with the opportunities to upskill and develop, in order to confidently guide and advise candidates during these unprecedented times. If done effectively, remote hiring is also a great opportunity to significantly reduce unconscious bias and therefore improve diversity, which is why it is so important organisations get this right.”

Seeing as only 14% of recruiters have seen a difference in unconscious bias, it’s clear that we have a long way to go in using remote hiring to tackle diversity problems. But what’s important here is the idea that remote hiring can actually grow to be an enhancement to your work, rather than the hindrance it might currently seem to be. Adopting new processes at work is always a challenge but it can definitely pay-off in the long-run. Maybe we need to reevaluate the way we’re looking at digital hiring right now, and view it as an opportunity for advancement, rather than a necessary evil? Maybe this course will help. Worth a shot, right?

At Talent Ticker, we’ve always been big believers in the power of tech to grow your skills and your bank balance. We say commit. Go full digital. Upload your brain to the internet so you can access all leads instantly and live eternally. Or, if that’s a bit extreme, you could just use the AI we made earlier to get those sweet sweet leads sent straight to your inbox. Then use all the money you make to build a robot body which you can upload your brain into so you can live eternally.

 TT’s top story

Business funding marketplace Funding Xchange took a short break from helping other people secure finance and got some for themselves. They raised $10m in a funding round led by Downing Ventures and Gresham House Ventures. 

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Good news! 

The UK tech industry is hiring again, having had a 36% increase in roles in the last 2 months. In February, start-ups all across Europe were struggling to stay afloat, with start-up investments dipping 21%. It was easy to believe that the days of big fundraising and recruitment drives were a long way off. Yet, whilst many other industries are still facing uncertainty, the tech sector has made a swift recovery and has survived relatively unscathed, with some executives saying their business slowed down for just three weeks.  According to TechNation, the tech industry is doing so well that it is thought that this sector will be “one of the best sources of new jobs this year”. In fact, Sigrid Karlsson, founder of Exectech recruitment, has even claimed that many start-ups are actually still struggling to fill certain roles.

Lucky you! 

You’ve just landed your dream job in the tech industry! This is especially good news seeing as you’ll now be working until you’re 75 .... well, maybe? A report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), founded by Iain Duncan Smith, has recommended that by 2035 the pension age should rise to 75. Although the pension age is officially set to increase to 68 in the next 25

years, the CSJ claims this would lead to too many ‘economically inactive’ people. The CSJ points out that when the state pension was founded in 1909, the average life expectancy was only 50, whereas people today can expect to live another 31 years. With worries that by 2050, half of all adults in Britain will be over 65, the CSJ believes the increase is needed to ensure public services remain working. However, Baroness Ros Altmann, former pensions minister, has insisted that this prospect is “chilling and immoral”, claiming it would only lower life expectancies again, and actually force more older adults to claim benefits. Let's hope your tech company has generous stock options and hits it big with an IPO. If it does, maybe don't buy a yacht, maybe get an ISA.

App of the week

Elevate: Whilst the emphasis over lockdown has largely been on physical fitness, your brain can easily become neglected; it is a ‘muscle’ that needs to be engaged as much as your quadriceps. Elevate is an app that can provide this push to keep your brain sharp. Selected by Apple as App of the Year, Elevate is useful in providing short breaks to distract you from work and refresh your brain; it is proven to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing memory and math skills. So next time you go to play Subway Surfers, think about elevating yourself to a better pastime. Just try not to treat it like school.  

Word of the week

Apricate 

Verb

To sunbathe or bask in the sun, to expose to sunlight

After a draining day of recruiting, Phil went to apricate in the September sun.