Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Recruitment Process Outsourcing

RPO or Recruitment Process Outsourcing is a specialized form of Business Process Outsourcing in the HR domain where the Recruitment process is outsourced to an external provider.

Why Outsourced recruitment process is important?

Isn’t recruitment an inherent part of the HR function?  Well, it is, and that is the reason this needs special attention and must be dealt with extra care by the specialists. The business growth depends on the people after all.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing is a smart and efficient way of managing talent. However, Recruitment Outsourcing process is not the same as that of staffing or supplying talent to any organization. It is more than that. Any Recruitment Process Outsourcing company will take ownership of the end to end process and methodology of recruitment, unlike the staffing companies who just do the fieldwork of finding talent and arrange the interviews. Recruitment Outsourcing is a robust process and takes care of all the aspects of Human Resource from talent searching till on-boarding, engagement and training and is customizable according to the requirements of organizations including assisting an Organization to start in a new region by identifying the most productive ground.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing in India

This is not maturing in the Indian job market as majority of the organizations have beginning to realize the importance of focusing on the core and leaving the experts to manage the people, so now outsource their recruitment process to the specialists. Recruitment process outsourcing in India has come a long way in the last few years with the growing talent market that is becoming complex by the day with technological disruption ruling the new job roles.

RPO not only saves companies time for concentrating on more relevant tasks but makes talent management much more streamlined and hassle free. Also Partnering with MNC like ManpowerGroup and other RPO companies gives the Organization an exposure to the worldwide best practices without having to going through the process of the learning curve.

However, companies who are reaching out to the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) specialists, must consider certain elements to have a better understanding of how to evaluate the pros and cons of this service.

Few questions to be asked

  1. Outsourcing recruitment MUST not lead to giving up the basic HR skills and expertise any organization must have. Evaluate before outsourcing the recruitment process.
  2. Is there a logical rationale to appoint a RPO service provider and does it align with the organization’s business strategy?
  3. How much cost cutting will you achieve?
  4. Will outsourcing the recruitment process create a clash in the company/organization culture?
  5. In this current career climate when requirements are volatile and short-lived and niche, recruitment process outsourcing MUST be done considering flexibility in the business model that will match the changing talent needs and availability.
  6. Which aspect of the HR portfolio is the expertise you seek from your Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Partners?
Answering all these questions will indicate your readiness to extract the best out of your Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Partner.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Job consultancy in India: Then and Now

Job Consultancy in India has come a long way – from body shopping to consultancy. Is it one and the same? Or a sophisticated version of the older one?

This contract service is prevalent in India for more than 30 years! During initial times body shopping was mocked by the big players saying these body shopping companies farm the IT and non-IT workers to generate revenue and do not have any traditional solutions or services of their own. Even professionals who got jobs through such companies would shy away from acknowledging their employer and to some extent confused as to whom to call the employer! The client brand, that was more glorious a name or the real employer providing the payroll.

This was the scenario many, many years back, way back in the 70s and 80s. However, now the job market and the sentiments attached around the employer, the job role and the background have progressed and that reflects on how professionals nowadays boast about the consultancy firm they belong to. Even the consultancy firms in India have revamped the way they used to function. It’s not just body shopping or contracting a worker but also providing expert advice, trainings, market intelligence, strategies etc. to the client companies and also to the job seekers.

But one thing has remained constant for the staffing companies in India from olden times, and that is the advantage they offer and these are: Cost efficiency, Capital saving, time saving, reduced overheads.

Majorly known for offering contractual jobs to professionals, the job consultancy in India has now multiple forms of staffing solutions, namely – Sub-contract, Perm staffing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, etc. Besides these, staffing solutions in India, nowadays are also providing many more services directly and indirectly associated to the professional growth of job seekers.

There was a lot of hearsay about the body-shopping companies in India with comments such as ‘bad career decision’ for those who would take up contractual jobs. But with all this growth and advancement in the staffing solutions in India, all those notions seem to be null and void.

Staffing companies in India are a one stop shop for any kind of job requirement both for the companies and the job seekers. And with the volatile nature of the current job market, job consultancies in India are even more sought after to meet the special requirements for limited time periods.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Art and Science of Recruitment

Recruitment has widely been described as an art. The art of researching and finding the right talent, interviewing them and screening the fitment, not only for the requirement but also culture of the Organization. The art lies in the fact that the recruitment consultant knows in his/her gut that a person is a good fit for the company. However, technology is taking over in all spheres of work and life and recruitment is in the forefront of going through a makeover with the advent of AI, Machine Learning, Analytics, big data, etc.

While there is a lot of science involved in the process of recruitment, and technology is only accentuating that side of recruitment, recruitment is a high touch portfolio which involves coaxing, negotiating, nurturing in order to match the right talent with the right Organization.

To have a holistic approach at recruitment, the best recruitment agencies in India have always tried to find the right balance of science and art in recruitment.

What is the ‘art’ factor in Recruitment?

Well, recruitment is nothing but building people, their aspirations! And persistence is the innate trait that one needs along with the external supporting aids to back up the gut feeling and human judgement, the other basic traits of a successful recruitment consultant.

Innovation and creativity in recruitment lies in the way a recruitment consultant determines who will be a motivating leader or an aspiring team member. There is no scientific formula to that! Candidates are humans and their response varies with situations and at times are quite unpredictable, which can be only gauged humanly.  

Recruitment agencies in India are embracing technology in order to automate certain set of tasks that will save a lot of time of the recruitment consultants while they can focus more on the ones where human judgement is required.

In the face of automation and Artificial Intelligence, any placement company with a strong team of skilled recruitment consultants who follow their gut instinct, and determine with innovation and creativity will still stand out against those who solely bank on technology!

While the science of Recruitment can be outsourced to the Technological evolution, the art of Recruitment will continue to remain in Human hands, the artistic Recruitment consultants.