Monthly Archives: July 2016

WhatsApp Group Chat – Impact of Brexit on the Indian IT Industry & on-site opportunities in European countries

As fellow Talent Acquisitionists we’re constantly focused on meeting our targets by recruiting the needles from the haystack with the desired calibre. While that’s good we also need to be aware of the changing scenario across the Globe and how it can affect the Indian Market.

Staying updated about such developments poses a problem when we’re constantly flooded with information.  Even a simple process of selective attention is hindered and choosing what information to retain becomes difficult. Sometimes just having a simple discussion like our popular Wednesday discussions becomes the perfect outlet to gain clarity of aspects that concerns us. With that being highlighted our discussion was on, “Impact of Brexit on the Indian IT industry and its Effects on on-site opportunities available in European countries” as suggested by our Pune Group member Amruta. And here’s what we discovered…

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To draw conclusions is still too early without any base besides a lot depends on how the negotiations take place, the decisions made, the policies and trade agreements drafted thereafter as pointed out by several members resulting in the negative aspects out-weighing the positive ones. More importantly India’s gateway to EU being Britain can have a drastic effect on everything as we know it so read on to find out what these Pros and Cons are…

Pros

  1. The Industry miniscule in terms of the overall ratio minimising the effects
  2. The probability for major changes taking place immediately is less due to the 2 year delay
  3. On-site opportunities will increase for other EU countries
  4. Indian companies will focus more on other countries like Nordics & Scandinavian countries
  5. Indian organisations are more likely to renegotiate rates with the Brit organisation

Cons

  1. IT firms with headquarters in UK are more likely to get affected first
  2. Volatility of the British pound is expected if the decision pulls through
  3. 15% of India’s total IT revenue comes from UK
  4. Major changes in the financial and banking system are expected
  5. Companies to set up their offices in Britain
  6. Conduct trade elsewhere in Europe
  7. Entry to other EUs being problematic can be a setback thus affecting the above two aspects
  8. Uncertainty about future policies & agreements between UK and Europe increase

Well the future seems grim but we’re optimistic so who knows the tables might just turn anytime, so stay connected with us @SourcingAdda to receive real time updates to our upcoming sessions, events and activities. In the meantime you’ve got lots to think about so we’re leaving you to your thoughts do let us know what aspects you’ve covered we’d like to hear from you.

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WhatsApp Group Chat – Digitalization in HR

Digitalisation has always been a favourite topic for discussions and as Talent Acquisitionist’s we constantly hear of Digitalisation in HR and its effects. But have you stopped to think for yourself about digitalisation?

If not then here’s a chance to express your views because we @SourcingAdda are one step ahead. We’ve had a discussion on, “Digitalisation in HR” for our popular Wednesday discussions upon the suggestion of our Mumbai Group member Ravi and here’s what we uncovered…

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Based on the conversation above we can conclude that there are few things that we still haven’t implemented even though we’re in the digital age. I’m sure that if you’ve read this far you too will be able to identify the improvement areas for the Talent Acquisitions at your organisation.

Here are the key take a ways on several aspects that matter i.e. from a Recruiter’s and Corporate’s perspectives including the challenges faced and the pros of digitalisation. Now you too can be up to date with the current trends that are followed.

HRs

  1. Candidates and Employees are more tech savvy than us as Recruiters
  2. Have a mix of online and offline activities to connect with employees and candidates
  3. HRs cannot be completely digitalised due to the human element
  4. Most processes are automated and Job postings are put in digital forms
  5. HRs as the backbone of any company need to be on Social Media
  6. HRs are at the forefront in the move to digital and the cloud in the workplace

Employers Level

  1. Company’s growth depends on their Social Media presence
  2. Business’ realised the importance of digitalisation and formed dedicated teams to manage Social Channels
  3. There are digitalisation stages for organisations
  4. Utilising Digitalization effectively and productively is the key to an organisations success

Challenges Faced

  1. Creating a streamlined process approach
  2. Maintain the human element in the digitalisation era
  3. Check if digitalisation is being utilised in a way that creates an impact

Pros of Digitalisation

  1. Digitalisation saves time
  2. Information is stored in the right place to access at the right time or anytime
  3. Makes it easier to progress or stay competitive in a fast paced digital society or environment

 

WhatsApp Group Chat – HRs & Recruiters from small Companies aren’t hired by MNCs due to less experience in Bulk Hiring

The WhatsApp Group Chat addressed a common challenge that Talent Acquisitionists, Recruiters and of course HRs face currently when it comes to MNC hires. Sourcing ADDA being a community for   Talent Acquisitionists, Recruiters and HRs with a focus on the Indian Recruitment sphere we’re glad to host our popular Wednesday discussion sessions that address such challenges.

The most important aspect of such sessions is when members have questions that they would like to get answers too. And what better way is there to achieve this then an interactive session with the best Thought Leaders of the Recruitment Industry sharing their perspectives.  In view of this scenario our Pune group member Laxmi suggested to have a discussion on, “Why HRs & Recruiters from small Companies don’t get hired in MNC’s due to less experience in bulk hiring such as 200+ hires?” and here’s what we discovered…

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Based on the interesting conversation above we can conclude that the discussion was insightful with a lot of takeaways. Since you’ve read this far then I’m sure you’d like to go that extra mile to find out what are the key takeaways of the discussion which can be highlighted on 2 aspects i.e. at an individual and employer level.

Individual Level

  • Hiring Criteria
  • Right attitude, with/out specialised skills but a willingness to learn
  • Smart, knowledge, resourceful, strong references & Personal Branding
  • It’s value vs volume and mind-set

Employer Level

  • Remember 200+hires require a huge talent acquisition cost, strategic planning and strong HR mobilisation
  • Set realistic and achievable targets
  • Create JDs that highlight the requirements correctly
  • Avoid selection bias towards brand, scale experience, drawing conclusions based on exposure alone, stereotype errors and interview biasness.
  • Have the right attitude and the knowledge at the time of hiring the candidate
  • Difference between Recruiters from Small & Big Organisations and Consultancies and the Recruitment Process
  • Provide Recruiters from small companies training on bulk hiring instead of rejecting them
  • Provide Recruiters with the right set of tools and resources to execute their plan

All of these aspects should be taken in to consideration by the interviewers and the interviewees when it comes down to hiring and to ensure that you achieve your objectives successfully.  If you’d like to be part of these discussions then make sure you follow us @SourcingAdda.

A Unique Conference Designed by Recruiters for Recruiters – #TASCON16 Activities

The long awaited annual event of Sourcing ADDA i.e. #TASCON16 began with an excitement unlike before at #TASCON15 as it was conducted on a grand scale. What makes this event unique is the eye catching Tag line, “A Conference Designed by Recruiters for Recruiters.”  There were several activities conducted prior to and live at the event so let’s begin…

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SourcingADDA Activities

The Talent Acquisition & Sourcing Conclave (TASCON) had an amazing start with the launch of the #SelfieContest and the trend followed for #TASCON16. As usual the event began with the attendees being informed about the various activities that were conducted such as the Best Twitterati & Selfie Contests, to “Jot down one thing you learnt today” and the two Wild Card entries for the Mega Sourcing Premier League.

Prior to the Main event

#SelfieContest

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Prior to the event Sourcing ADDA launched the #SelfieContest where the winner would be judged on 2 parameters namely if they got maximum retweets and likes on Twitter for their Selfie. The idea behind this was to bring out the creativity within the participants in a fun learning environment.

#TASCON16 Trend

Here the attendees were asked to share the team’s or a personal trend they were following for #TASCON16.This helped us realise that we as hosts weren’t the only ones excited about #TASCON16 but even the attendees shared the same excitement. Thus the excitement began with Yusuf & Aishish clicking their #Selfie and mentioning their trend i.e. “Sultan & Bajirao selfie! #selfiecontest #TASCON16” Tweet.

Live at the event

While these activities marked the beginning of #TASCON16 we had two more activities to keep the excitement and enjoyment going. These activities were the Best #Twitterati Contest and to jot down one think you learnt today with the continuation of the #SelfieContest.

Best #twitterati Contest

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We had yet another Contest i.e. the Best #Twitterati where the winner would be declared based on 3 main criteria namely, most creative, amount of and engaging Tweets. The winner of the contest would win exciting prizes to create a fun learning environment.

Standee with the statement “One thing you learnt today!!!”

We had arranged a Standee with the statement “One thing you learnt today!!!” where all the attendees had to write one thing they learnt at #TASCON16. It was a revision to everything that was learnt and what they found most effective in their line of work.

Some of the interesting things that the participants learnt and appreciated were…

  • Using Analytics & Big Data
  • Great experience and knowledge sharing
  • Managing Campaigns, Digital Marketing for Effective Sourcing
  • It’s Masters & Insightful sessions
  • Interesting Session on Social Media Digital Sourcing in India

The winners of the activities would be announced at the end of the event, when tweeting the participants were requested to use the hashtag “#TASCON 16 and for the contests #SelfieContest & #Twitterati”.

Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge

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The two wild card entries were selected from our previous Sourcing Contest winners. Here too we had a Lucky Draw with the winner’s name chits placed in a bowl. The Two Lucky Draw Wild Card entries were thus selected. They competed with each other in the Mega Sourcing Premier League Challenge that was held live at the event but more of this later.

If you thought the fun ends here well you couldn’t be more wrong. Some of the Speakers and Sponsors too joined in with their creative activities to make every ones experience more enjoyable and fun.

Sponsor

SourcePRO

SourcePRO had organised fun activities and informed the audience of these activities such as a lucky draw, distributed discount coupons and a challenge of their own.

Lucky Draw

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Here two drop boxes were arranged at the registration desk. The registrants were asked to drop their visiting cards into the boxes to get listed for the Lucky Draw. The Lucky Draw winner would be treated with a free SourcePRO (@TheSourcePro) Talent Sourcing Training & Certification Program.

Discount Coupons

If registered today (14th– Apr – 2016) they would receive a 10% discount on the SourcePRO Talent Sourcing Training & Certification Program

The Sourcing Star Challenge

They also had a test of 5 questions for Talent Acquisition Professionals to challenge themselves and if they were able to get all the answers right they received a white badge with a half golden star within which the words written were, “I’m a Sourcing Star – SourcePRO.”

Ripple hire

To keep the attendees busy and to interact with them during the networking breaks even Ripple hire conducted an interesting activity. They had a gaming station with a bowling game which was a success as it kept the audience entertained and engaged.

Little Internet

In order to keep the excitement going on even Little Internet had a treat of its own. They had an exciting card game to keep the audience engaged and even distributed gift vouchers with interesting discounts that were great!

Keynote Speaker Session

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The opening session was conducted by the keynote Speaker Aadil Bandukwala (@aadil) who spoke about Big Data & Social Media where he had an activity for the audience.  Here he showed 3 slides with company logos where the audience had to guess what was unique about all the 3 slides. When no one could answer he mentioned that not even one company was repeated.

Strategy Hub Session

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A Session to watch out for!!

Being the last session the Speaker Srikrishnan Ananthanarayanan (@im_srikrish)wanted people to be active and feel refreshed before the session started therefore he conducted a few activities as well.

Call someone you’ve always wanted to call but were unable to

Call someone who you’ve not called for a long time and you’ve always wanted to but were interrupted. It helped a great deal as we were able to stay in touch with the ones we’re all too busy to interact with.

Surprise Activity Lucky Draw

In an attempt to boost learning there was an exercise conducted which was a Lucky Draw. Here the attendees were asked to check their chairs as an envelope was taped underneath them. Once checked they were asked to send it to the Assistants.

Then the Speaker opened the envelope, which had a card inside it; that had 3 statements,

  1. Do not pass it on to a person who has a name starting with S or A or T
  2. Do not pass it on to a person who wears a blazer or has a shade of blue
  3. If you have a person that sits next to you and has a Samsung mobile or an iPhone, shout “Alien Spotted”

The attendees were supposed to follow these instructions but as per the instructor they submitted the envelope to him instead. This indicated what we as Recruiters do. We rush to submit candidates without understanding that there are other aspects that need consideration. Hence it is important for us to understand that there is a framework for everything to happen. Put simply what we did was a postman’s job and we need to think creatively as times have changed.

#TASCON16 was a huge success leading to requests from attendees for #TASCON17 to be held and last but not the least the winner for the #SelfieContest was Mitchell Dudani (@mitchdudani), Best #Twitterati Contest was Anshuman Mukherjee (@anshumanhr) and the Two Lucky Draw Wild Card entries were Tatyasaheb Kolage (@Tatya_Kolage) & Rakesh Suvare.  While the SourcePRO Lucky draw winner was Parth Gupta from Passions. Now wouldn’t you agree that #TASCON16 was a huge success? Stay tuned to know more follow us @Sourcingadda about the event that we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Whats App Group Chat – How to adjust your Recruitment Strategy to Recruit Remote workers?

The weekly Whats App Group Chat Wednesday Discussions just got so much more interesting with a topic that wasn’t spoken about until now. It was surprising how we’ve not really thought about it or had a discussion on before now while we were aware of a possible development in the Talent Acquisition Industry that we’re all passionate about.

Luckily our weekly Wednesday Whats App group chats caught it thanks to our members. Which brings me to the more important task at hand; to keep you updated with the current trends that we can expect in the future. Hence @SourcingAdda we had a discussion on, “How to adjust your recruitment strategy to remote workers / employees?” as suggested by Arpita from the Bangalore Group and here’s what we found out…

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Well this brings our interesting conversation to an end with a lot of things to think about and key take a ways that are sure to assist you in some way or another. Based on the conversation above we can conclude that there is a slight possibility that “Remote Hiring” could be where the Talent Acquisition Industry might be heading. Now this is something that’s worth a thought, don’t you think?

In the meantime you too get be a part of the action by joining us in these discussions so be sure to follow us @SourcingAdda for real time updates to our upcoming  events.

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