Remember that old show from the 80s, Battle of the Network Stars? You know, the one where every week C-grade TV stars like Patrick Duffy, Melissa Gilbert, and Scott Baio competed against one another in a giant obstacle course? No? You have no idea what I’m talking about? Ahem. Sorry, I’ll just check my AARP card at the door.
No matter, we all know what an obstacle course is, right? Dating back to the ancient Olympic Games and now a common component of everything from military training to family picnics, the obstacle course confronts competitors with a challenging series of, well, obstacles. Comprised of activities such as running, jumping, crawling, climbing, and oftentimes getting really, really dirty, the obstacle course has endured as one of the most demanding physical challenges ever developed.
You may be asking, what in the world of Morgan Fairchild does this have to do with recruiting?
Well, today’s recruiting landscape is no less challenging than some of the toughest obstacle courses out there. With increasing strategic importance placed on talent acquisition and HR groups, a raft of new social and mobile technologies to choose from, the rise of big data and recruiting analytics, and the ever-elusive chase for the optimal candidate experience, even today’s most hardened Tough Mudder may run the other way.
With that in mind, we recently teamed up with Kelton Research to survey recruiting professionals on a variety of topics to examine the components of the “Recruitment Obstacle Course.” The above infographic reveals some of the survey’s findings, demonstrating the many battles of today’s recruiting stars.
If faced with this, Scott Baio wouldn’t stand a chance.