Generator Group Releases 2009 Talent Acquisition Trends Survey Results

The Generator Group Talent Acquisition Trends Survey is an annual analysis of talent acquisition and management trends with a focus on economic impact, hiring priorities and recruitment.
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Generator Group announces the release of the initial findings for the 2009 Talent Acquisition Trends Survey. 

The Generator Group Talent Acquisition Trends Survey is an annual analysis of talent acquisition and management trends with a focus on economic impact, hiring priorities and recruitment. The survey is in its third year and has collected data from fifty-four well-known consumer products brands. The breakdown of company types includes 67% manufacturers, 22% retailers and 27% other industry firms. Individual respondents included C-level, executive and HR professionals from companies of varying sizes ($5MM to $1B+ in annual sales).

To learn more, download an executive summary of the survey findings or view a webinar of survey results

KEY 2009 FINDINGS INCLUDE:

Economic Impact

·58% of companies have experienced a layoff or reduction in force over the last twelve months, with an additional 4% citing it as a future possibility.

·The current economic climate has made it easier to find and attract top talent according to 47% of companies, versus 27% of respondents in 2008.

·64% of companies still will hire at least one net new position in 2009.

·Relocation and commute issues have greatly declined in their impact on attracting and retaining key talent.

Hiring Priorities

·Improving quality of hire and retaining key employers remain top priorities to 75% and 58% of respondents respectively.

·However, other hiring priorities have shifted dramatically. Only 38% of respondent place importance on filling positions faster, versus 73% in 2008. Reducing the cost per hire has also become less important, with 42% of respondents citing this as a priority versus 58% in 2008.

Recruitment

·There has been an increase in volume of high quality resumes at both the executive (9% versus 5% in 2008) and mid to senior level (22% versus 15% in 2008), indicating more high quality talent may be available in the marketplace due to the current economic climate.

·While the use of social networking sites for hiring is a hot topic, respondents cite Twitter (38%) and Facebook (29%) as one of their least effective recruiting tools. LinkedIn, however, continues to grow in effectiveness, with 11% citing LinkedIn as one of their most effective recruiting tools versus 8% in 2008.

·Toughest jobs to fill still include marketing, sales and product creation positions.

·Compensation does not appear to be a major factor in retaining employees – only 8.9% cite “unsatisfied with salary” as a common reason given when employees leave (versus 36% in 2008). However, 47% of respondents cite “compensation not competitive” as a key issue in attracting new talent versus 38% in 2008.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the survey resultscontact Candie Fisher, Director of Client Development, at 303-664-1606 or candie@generatorgroup.net.

About Generator Group

Generator Group is an integrated talent management services firm offering executive search and talent alignment consulting to help companies and people reach their full potential. Generator Group has been delivering superior results to clients since 2000 with its proprietary Sure Hire Process™, a proven recruiting methodology designed to ensure consistent high quality hires. The firm works with leading consumer products, technology, public transportation organizations nationwide. Website: www.generatorgroup.net

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