Along with Quality of Hire, Source of Hire is starting to take center stage in the talent acquisition world.
The annual report tracking and analyzing Source of Hire from CareerXroads is out this week. Sources of Hire 2013: Perception is Reality contains truly interesting data – understandable and actionable. And the authors ask some really important questions about B2D (Big Bad Data) and how to measure the pre-application talent supply chain.
Early in the white paper, Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, the principals at CareerXroads, show the following chart of source of hire data from 1997 – collected by the Society for Human Resource Management and EMA (now part of SHRM).
A sign of the changing times
Talk about a blast from the past! Newspaper ads generated the most hires at 28.7 percent of hires and Agencies – both contingent and executive search – generated 12.5 percent of hires.
My how the world has changed.
Print has fallen from a combined (newspaper and trade journals) 32.9 percent down to 2.3 percent! “Internet” has grown from 2.1 percent (had Al Gore even invented the Internet in 1997?) to a combined (career site, job boards and social media) 44.4 percent!
Expectations for hiring on the rise
There is a lot in which to be interested in comparing these two charts, so have fun.
There nuggets of pure gold in this white paper. Two in particular stood out to me. The first is the expectation for increased hiring in 2013.
- In 2012, respondents filled 8.6 percent fewer openings than the previous year (2011);
- In 2013, respondents plan to fill 17.5 percent MORE openings than the previous year (2012).
If true, we’re about to see a whole lot of domestic hiring!
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The national hiring figures are trending slowly upward, but at the same time we read in the press that the implementation of the new health care rules is retarding hiring in the small business sector, the sector credited with being the job creation “engine.”
This will be interesting to watch. Will the need for growth overcome the risk and costs associated with that growth?
Some good questions to ponder
The white paper accurately points out that internal movement and promotion are higher during difficult economic periods – and this is evident in the graph above. However, a steady increase in this category may also be due to the perception of a growing skills scarcity in the outside talent market.
Enjoy the white paper. And begin to ask yourself some of the questions posed by Gerry and Mark. Questions like…
- How comfortable are you defending the 2013 plan for your budget, recruiters, technology tools, partners, vendors, training and your sources to your peers and colleagues?
- How much should your 2013 recruiting strategy include improving your collection and analysis methods?
- Are referrals the best source of hire?
- What “Sources” interact with each other the most?
- How can I collect Source of Hire data?
This originally appeared on China Gorman’s blog at ChinaGorman.com.