SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

July 10, 2007 14:00 ET

Winning the Global War for Talent

Best-in-Class Turn Talent Acquisition Into a Competitive Advantage

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - In the new benchmark report, The Global War for Talent: Getting What You Want Won't Be Easy, Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), found that while Best-in-Class organizations are only 20% more likely than industry peers to measure Quality of Hire, they are four times more likely to increase this critical metric. This report highlights how Best-in-Class performers are using a combination of strategy, processes and technology solutions to improve recruiting efficiencies, achieve differentiated value and win the war for talent.

"Best-in-Class companies are nearly twice as likely to focus their talent acquisition efforts on longer-term workforce planning. These companies enjoy greater insight into immediate and anticipated talent needs and are able to respond proactively to these needs with highly targeted campaigns. As a result, Best-in-Class dominate industry Average and Laggard companies in their ability to improve critical talent acquisition metrics," said Kevin Martin, Research Director, Human Capital Management at Aberdeen. Contrary to Best-in-Class, this study also found that Laggard companies are three times as likely to describe their talent acquisition process as reactive and emergency-driven.

In addition to increasing Quality of Hire, companies that implement, integrate and communicate a talent acquisition strategy are up to five times as likely to experience decreased Cost-per-Hire. These, in combination with other recruiting efficiencies outlined in this study, provide Best-in-Class companies with significant competitive advantage.

This report examines how global enterprises are adopting and adapting talent acquisition strategies in order to overcome the shortage of skilled labor due, in large part, to changes in the demographic and geographic labor market. In addition to providing insight into what Best-in-Class companies are doing, this report also offers recommended actions that all companies can take to improve recruiting efficiencies and strengthen their position in the global war for talent.

Aberdeen is pleased to have Cytiva (SonicRecruit), First Advantage, Hodes iQ, PreVisor, SilkRoad Technology, and Taleo as underwriters of this report.

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