One constant throughout the Winter-Spring campus recruitment season has been that the competition to attract and retain top students, new graduates, and early career talent is intensifying!
In our work at TalentEgg, we recognize that to attract the talent you are looking for as an employer in the current climate, you need to:
- Give candidates a real look at “what’s behind the curtain” in your industry and organization
- Commit to Investing in skill building, early career development, and well-being of your workforce
- Target and show up often in the digital sphere of Gen Z talent
- Help candidates to stand out and demonstrate their skills
- Share compelling stories that candidates can see themselves reflected in
- Take a multi-faceted and high touch approach during peak recruitment periods
Last time, we kicked off this six-part series focused on successful virtual recruitment and employer branding approaches by taking a deeper dive into approach #1 – Give candidates a real look at “what’s behind the curtain” in your industry and organization.
For this installment, we will take a closer look at approach #2 – Commit to investing in skill-building, early career development, and the well-being of your employees.
Let’s begin by considering “the why” – Here are the top reasons to incorporate this approach as a part of your organization’s recruitment and retention strategy:
1. Professional development is what top early career talent wants most in an employer.
In TalentEgg’s annual survey of students and new grads, professional development is consistently rated at the top of what they are looking for in a potential employer and as a key influencer in their career decision-making. This point has only been driven home since the onset of the pandemic; Gen Y and Z talent are looking for (and are far more likely to stay with) employers who enable them to develop the critical skills they need to succeed on the job and advance in their careers.
2. It’s a win–win!
In study after study conducted recently around the globe, “soft” skills have emerged as the “critical” skills required for employees to meaningfully contribute to their organization’s goals and objectives. By building the capacity of your workforce with the in-demand skills needed for success in your lines of business, you are not only benefiting your talent but also your customers, your managers and leaders, and ultimately, your organization’s bottom line.
3. Improve engagement and retention by fostering a workplace culture that is safe, healthy, inclusive, and committed to excellence.
Investing in the skill-building of your workforce contributes to employees feeling that they are valued, that continuous learning is embedded into your culture, that your organization is a partner in their success, and there is the potential for career advancement. In addition, development focus in areas like mental health and diversity and inclusion can create a greater sense of psychological safety and belonging within your organization. These are all well-established drivers of employee engagement and, particularly as the “Great Resignation” continues to play out, are among the major factors contributing to an employee’s decision to stay or move on.
4. Burnish your employer brand
With a commitment to your talent’s growth, resilience, and career success, comes the reward of strengthening your employer brand. It is incredibly compelling for students, new graduates, and early career talent to see and hear firsthand how your employees’ career success has stemmed from investment in their development at career events on your recruiting calendar like alumni coffee chats, TalentEgg Talks events, career fairs and speed networking. You will also experience the benefit of employees becoming brand ambassadors as they share their career and learning successes on platforms like LinkedIn and are more likely to refer friends and colleagues to open opportunities.
Now that we have explored “the why”… let’s talk about “the how”.
We like to think we have made this piece as easy as possible with the launch of the TalentEgg e-Learning Academy.
Our specially curated offerings enable you to set-up new hires for career success with soft skills training, meaningfully address today’s workplace challenges, and foster a climate of engagement across your organization.
TalentEgg has worked with leading and trusted subject matter experts in soft skills development, mental health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to produce the e-Learning Academy’s 26-course library and 3 full certificate programs. Current offerings, with even more being added over the coming months, include:
Backpack to Briefcase – Introduction to Workplace Soft Skills
A 5-course certificate program to support your new hire’s school to work transition with soft skills training for their first co-op, internship, or entry level job.
Briefcase to Boardroom – Intermediate Soft Skills to Advance Careers
A 10-course certificate program to take your employees’ soft skills to the next level and set them up for career success.
Mental Health and Psychological Safety in the Workplace Master Certificate Program
This 10-course Master Certificate Program, developed by leading psychologists and mental health professionals, explores the many facets of workplace mental health and provides clear guidance to employee wellness professionals, managers, leaders, and HR on strategies for fostering psychological safety and well-being at work.
Diversity, Sensitivity, and Inclusion Training: Promoting Anti-Discrimination and Equity in the Workplace
This course offers your employees insight into the individual rights and responsibilities we all have when it comes to anti-discrimination, diversity, sensitivity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. It is designed to set the foundation for creating an inclusive and respectful work culture where every person can rise to their potential.
Volume-based discounts and your own fully branded versions to easily integrate into your on-boarding and training programs are also available. To explore and learn more about TalentEgg’s e-Learning offerings, click here.
And, If you are from a post-secondary institution or campus career centre, these courses and programs make a great addition to your career education offerings for students and recent alumni, as well add value to and build engagement within your institution’s own workplace. Click here to find out more.
As always, TalentEgg is here to support you in achieving your campus recruitment goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss your needs or to set-up a full walk through of all that TalentEgg and our e-Learning Academy have to offer.
Until next time…