Four for Friday: What Recruiters Need to Know About Big Data Analytics

Four for Friday: What Recruiters Need to Know About Big Data Analytics

Mike Roberts

Every Friday, The DDR shines a light on the best data-centric articles and resources from across the internet, social media, and industry influencers.

Without data, the task of figuring out which talent acquisition strategies are working and which aren’t becomes incredibly difficult—not to mention subjective. In case you missed it, we had some great posts this week on how to get more out of your data, including a Q&A with recruiting expert Ward Christman that focused on the role of big data in talent acquisition, as well a case study on how a technology and media giant was able to improve key recruiting metrics with the use of analytics technology.

And so without further ado, here are some of the top data-centric articles we saw around the web this week:

1. A Quick Overview of HR Analytics: Why, What, How, and When? (ATD)

With everyone talking about analytics in HR these days, it’s helpful to take a step back and remind yourself of what’s really important in this area. Laurie Bessie and Dan McMurrer discuss both the necessity and opportunity when it comes to using analytics to improve your recruiting and talent acquisition strategies.

2. 4 Ways to Get Ahead of the HR Data Curve (CareerBuilder)

Although the future for data is bright, there are no doubt many HR professionals that will require training and know-how to get the most out of it. Matthew Stollak digs into how topics like predictive analytics, candidate experience, or gamification are—at most—brushed over in textbooks, and what you need to do to get ahead of the curve.

3. Gut Feeling or Big Data: What should HR Managers follow? (HRKatha)

Skepticism is absolutely normal when it comes to technological change. Professionals develop a way of doing things over time, and they’re aware of the fact that introducing a new tool isn’t always a game changer. This week Madhav Vamsi wrote about this topic, and how perhaps talent acquisition professionals should take a different view when it comes to big data analytics.

4. The Importance of Inserting ‘Small Data’ into the Big Data Discussion (IT Business Edge)

Big data is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, but that doesn’t mean we should throw all of our other data sources out the window. Don Tennant discusses what can be found in “small data” and the importance of identifying trends and areas for improvement in some of the data sources already at our disposal.

Learn How Today’s Talent Acquisition Executives Are Using Analytics

Data—whether it’s big or small—isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s only going to become a bigger part of talent acquisition professionals’ daily lives. This report looks into the role of high-level recruiting analytics, and what executives need to know to position their organization for success in the future.

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