ICYMI Monday: March Has Always Been Madness

ICYMI Monday: March Has Always Been Madness

Mike Roberts

This is a regular weekly feature here on the Jibe Blog, in which we uncover some of the best recruitment and technology stories from the previous week you may have missed. But first, we take a little trip in the wayback machine.

You didn’t think you weren’t going to get a little Madness in your ICYMI post this month, did you? This year’s tournament has already produced its fair share of scintillating, shining moments with a near-record six overtime games in the first two rounds, and surprises from the likes of Dayton, Mercer and Stephen F. Austin. But on this day in 1956, one of the greatest players ever, Bill Russell, led the University of San Francisco to its second straight championship, capping an undefeated year and a then-record 55 straight victories for the Dons. We can draw parallels galore between college basketball and the game of talent acquisition — strategic and smart recruiting is crucial to success, the tournament selection committee compare team ‘resumes’, and analytics play a big part in today’s game. A stretch? Maybe. But hey, it’s Madness.

Ok, enough hoops. Let’s get on to this week’s stories, shall we?

  • Five Rules of Thumb
    Over at HR Executive, Steve Boese provides some sound and sage advice for those in the market for HR and recruiting technology. All five rules here are solid, which is not surprising coming from Steve. In the end though, the overarching point to take away is that while every organization’s needs and requirements will vary, it’s important for any buyer to really get to know the vendors they are considering. Not just the products, but the company, the people and the entire ecosystem that you’ll be partnering with for years to come. Cool technologies are great, but they need to be delivered by a vendor who can truly support and grow with you or the cool factor will wear off fast.
  • Mobile Sites Win the Battle Against Apps, but Leave an Apply Time Bomb
    In this summary article on ERE.net, Dave Martin (aka “Mobile Dave”) reveals the top-line takeaways from nearly three years of research into mobile recruiting adoption among the world’s largest companies. The report reveals that the use of native apps in recruiting is in decline, while the increase in companies to optimize their career sites has increased. The “time bomb” referred to in the headline however is this, “Eighty percent of the employers who in the last year have invested in mobile-optimized job sites spent money on a recruiting solution that will not let candidates apply.” We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again now, when it comes to going mobile, don’t take any half measures.
  • Talent Acquisition Revisited
    Bersin by Deloitte’s Robin Erickson highlights some of the findings from the just published “Global Human Capital Trends 2014” report finds that talent acquisition is finally being seen as a “business-critical partner” rather than an afterthought. This, as the report demonstrates, is due in large part to the fact that recruiters are thinking more like marketers than ever before.
  • The Future of Information Dashboards
    This one isn’t directly related to recruiting and HR, but UX Magazine’s Shilpi Choudhury takes a look at trends in data visualization and five changes that will deepen the user experience as analytics and data-driven decision making become the norm in corporate world. And yes, that means recruiting too.

And hey, here’s to hoping your brackets aren’t too busted at this point… if they aren’t by now, they surely will be a week from now. That’s just Madness.

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