14 Skills to Save Recruiters from AI

2016 was the year that we realized that our jobs may actually be in jeopardy to a computer.  

The rise of companies like Olivia, Arya, and Mya brought to life (metaphorically speaking) the reality of how close technology is to being able to handle the day to day administrative activities of the recruiting function.

Yet it seems there’s hope. Most articles I’ve read on this subject suggest that AI will replace the middleware aspect of recruiting and other functions, but is not ready to replace value added thinking and creativity.

Additionally, many believe that AI will enhance a human’s ability to execute in their role, not replace the human completely. For talent acquisition, our recruiters will spend less time sourcing and coordinating the process. The future recruiter will spend more time on the selection process. Selection is not acronym-matching and forwarding the resume to the hiring manager for a decision, but rather a true partner who has the business acumen to understand the needs of the business and the courage to have an opinion (even when it’s not a popular one).  

The skills that will be required of tomorrow’s recruiter have been called a many things, but we at ERE have defined this as the difference between a recruiter and a talent advisorA talent advisor is a trusted recruiting partner to the business who consistently delivers the best candidates in support of the business mission while continually improving the hiring process, and candidate experience.

(You can also master the 14 competencies and key recruiting practices that create a Talent Advisor by completing  ERE’s Talent Advisor online-training course.)

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Through conversations with our contributors, speakers, and hundreds of TA leaders, we’ve identified 14 competencies that talent advisors exhibit. Each plays a part in creating a well-rounded professional who cannot be replaced by AI.

The mastery of these skills below will be foundational to transforming recruiters into talent advisors and ensuring that the recruiting function is adding value that cannot be replaced by a computer.

14 Talent Advisor Competencies

John Ricciardi

John Ricciardi joined ERE Media in 2015 as Vice President, Talent Solutions. ERE Media, Inc., delivers highly-valued information that helps organizations better acquire and manage talent. That information includes online/on-demand training to dramatically improve recruiter productivity, talent acquisition benchmarking focused on metrics that recruiting leaders need to manage their function, conferences for talent executives and professionals that cover today’s most important and innovative topics, and more than 1,000 articles and 70 webinars each year about talent-related best practices, how-tos, thought leadership, opinions, analysis, tools and tips, critical news, emerging technology, trends, and more.