RecruitCon Virtual Conference: Hiring in the New Normal

May 18-19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern | Virtual

Day 1

May 18, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Talent Overload: Finding Purple Squirrels in a Forest of Job Applicants

At the beginning of 2020, talent acquisition professionals were struggling to find skilled workers in the candidate-driven market. Within a few months, that all changed when the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Employers were laying off or furloughing workers left and right, and the candidate-driven market became a thing of the past.

Jobseekers are no longer in control, but that isn’t stopping them from applying to positions altogether. Due to the high unemployment rate, employers are seeing even more unqualified jobseekers apply for open positions, and this is creating a bottleneck in the hiring process. How can you sort through the thousands of job applications and résumés to find that purple squirrel?

In this session, you’ll learn:

• Practical solutions for screening and assessing qualified candidates,
• Creative ways to write candidate communications that attract the talent you want,
• Cost-effective or FREE methods for sourcing the best candidates,
• How to create a talent pool for future recruitment needs,
• And more!

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Closing the Skills Gap with Transferable Skill Sets

Before the pandemic, an ever-growing skills gap was causing a major talent shortage, and while the shortage is no longer an issue, the skills gap still remains. Are there really that many unqualified candidates out there? Or is there a bigger issue at play?

According to a LiveCareer survey from May 2020, 58% of jobseekers aren’t sure how to include transferable skills on their résumé, and an additional 34% can’t provide good examples of how their skills would apply to the job. As recruiters, it is our job to identify talent based on their skills, but how can we source talent if their skills don’t align with the job description?

Depending on the position you’re looking to fill, transferable skills and experience in other industries can bring a valuable perspective to an available role. The key is to avoid becoming so devoted to a job description that you fail to keep your eyes and mind open to the people who could bring measurable success to your organization. In this session, you’ll learn how to help jobseekers understand which skills can be transformed for the role you’re hiring for, in addition to:

• Different assessments that can help uncover hidden skills,
• Interview questions and methods to assess a candidate’s knowledge, and
• Strategies for onboarding candidates to boost their skill sets.

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Metrics Matter: Analyzing KPIs to Gauge Your Recruiting Team’s Efficacy

Using metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) is a great way to monitor your recruiters’ ability to source and hire top talent. Yet you must understand what to measure in your hiring metrics and why it matters, which can help you streamline your process and save money in the long run.

You want to be able to evaluate how new hire decisions impact long-term retention, as the costs of hiring and replacing employees can negatively counteract healthy hiring numbers. And there are other metrics to consider, too.

For instance: Where are you getting the most qualified candidates from? Analyzing whether qualified leads are coming in through advertising, websites, or social media can help you determine where to put your recruiting energies.

You must also consider how many qualified candidates you have to interview before you find the right one and how much time it takes for the candidate to accept and sign on after you make an offer. If your process takes too long, your competition might swoop in and steal that talent. This is why picking the right KPIs and metrics is so crucial. In this session, you’ll learn about:

• The sourcer and recruiter divide: What's the difference between a source and a recruiter?
• The different metrics you should be using to analyze your sourcers’ and recruiters’ efficacy and why these metrics are important.
• How to get these metrics using technology and different processes.

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Live Networking Q&A

If you had questions from the day’s event, get real-time answers from the speakers themselves in this live Q&A networking reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with speakers and their peers in an informal, virtual setting.

Day 2

May 19, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DEI for a Better Bottom Line: Why Your Organization Needs to Focus on Diverse Hiring and Top Strategies to Get You Started

Diverse backgrounds and experiences ultimately lead to solutions that are more creative, holistic, and fully baked than those designed by a group of solely like-minded individuals. But how do we as recruiters open our arms to those whose workstyles may differ from those already on the team? How do we guide hiring managers away from “similar-to-me” bias and toward a “different is what we’re going for” mind-set?

This session will disrupt your thinking and approach to traditional hiring and address how aligning diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) to your business strategy and values is critical to a successful bottom line and, more importantly, a sustainable culture change.

You’ll learn:

• How to create an inclusive hiring environment
• How to brand yourself as a diversity-focused employer
• How to build a diverse recruiting pipeline
• How to remove bias from the interview process
• And more!

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Remote Jobs: Crafting and Communicating the Right Descriptions for Your Workplace

If your organization has decided to make remote work a permanent fixture—or you’re still remote due to safety concerns from COVID-19—then it’s time to update your job descriptions to meet this change. Going forward, you must put a remote work arrangement’s key terms in writing, creating a telecommuting agreement that sets the criteria for eligibility to participate. Specifically, employers need to revise and craft job descriptions to match the new remote work requirements.

Writing and updating job descriptions can seem like a tedious and never-ending task. And while no law requires employers to maintain job descriptions, if employers are going to have them, they should be accurate. With a number of employment laws changing every year, employers should be diligent in looking at their job descriptions (in addition to any time a new hire is in the position).

In this session, learn how to:

• Draft job descriptions that clearly define candidates’ and employees’ job duties and accurately set forth the physical and mental requirements of a job.
• Determine what essential functions and fundamental job duties should be included in a job description.
• Format job descriptions for better recruiting results so they go beyond standard keywords, job duties, tasks, qualification, and experience-related requirements and really stand out to would-be candidates.
• Avoid job description wording that could land an employer in legal hot water or otherwise turn off applicants.
• Create job descriptions that will support the interactive process when evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

3:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
The Next Normal: Hiring in a Post-Pandemic World

The coronavirus vaccine is being distributed to people across the nation, but despite the increase in immunization, some COVID-19 problems still exist, like social distancing and remote work. How you overcome these problems will make all the difference when hiring workers back or bringing new ones on.

Social distancing and remote work are great ways to keep your employees safe, but they also present challenges in the hiring process. How can you successfully interview and onboard workers in a remote setting? How can you assess a worker’s skill set when you don’t have the ability to meet the candidate face-to-face in person? What other challenges and issues should you take into consideration when hiring remotely?

Get the answers to these burning questions when you join our expert speaker for this informative session.

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Live Networking Q&A

If you had questions from the day’s event, get real-time answers from the speakers themselves in this live Q&A networking reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with speakers and their peers in an informal, virtual setting.

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