On Engaging Top Talent This Fall

    How well do you think companies and schools responded to virtual recruiting last year?

    What were some of the realized and potential opportunities for recruiters from the shift to virtual?

    What do students and recent graduates want right now after a year+ of disruption?

    These were among the topics covered during last week’s The State of Campus Recruiting webinar, where I was joined by Lindsey Pollak (NYT bestselling author and workplace and career expert) and David Ong (Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at MAXIMUS and President-Elect of NACE). 

    During this session, Lindsey and David shared some invaluable insights for the coming year around early access, driving diversity, and ensuring success in what will be another unusual year.  In particular, both of these experts highlighted the importance of finding creative, personalized ways for companies to engage prospective candidates that get through the noise and build real relationships.  

    See one of the key takeaways from the conversation below. You can also read more about their learnings and suggestions in a summary of the session, or see the webinar replay

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    The shift to remote forced companies and schools to ask: how do we find creative, personalized ways to engage with talent?

    Last year, our Fall Recruiting Student Sentiment Survey found that more than 86% of students rated "real work experience" as their preferred method of engagement with employers, allowing them to learn about potential roles they may not have otherwise considered. And with just over half of students last year expecting virtual career fairs to be an effective way to engage them, talent acquisition teams needed to look beyond virtual versions of traditional tactics to ensure successful engagement, diversity, and conversion outcomes.

    David: The best piece of advice we got from schools where we recruited was pretty simple: "Just because it works in a live environment, don’t assume it’ll work in a Zoom environment."

    Lindsey: A lot of students who went through internship programs [last year] said their favorite thing was access to senior leaders in small groups. So maybe the CEO would have done a town hall that you got to participate in but virtually, it was much easier for executives around the world to do five people on a Zoom—so they really felt that one-on-one access was critical and the number one thing they wanted to keep from an intern perspective.

    For more insights, see the summary or webinar replay

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