HCI & PeopleFilter Launch “Talent Scouting”

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<strong>Washington &mdash; Jan. 3</strong><br />The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator in talent management strategies, and PeopleFilter Technology, a provider of leading-edge recruiting technology solutions, announced today the two organizations will jointly launch the &ldquo;Talent Scouting&rdquo; education and research track. The track is one of several topics addressed in HCI&rsquo;s Talent Acquisition community of interest, a community HCI considers critical to organizations seeking to build competitive advantage.<br /><br />&ldquo;Most organizations leverage their employees&rsquo; networks of friends and family to recruit. But doing so only provides access to a limited pool of potential candidates,&rdquo; said Allan Schweyer, HCI&rsquo;s president and executive director. &ldquo;Experts believe that 30 to 40 percent of all external hires should come from referral programs.&rdquo;<br /><br />With the rising use of social technology, companies have an opportunity to extend their referral programs beyond the employee base to anyone who knows a good candidate. They can take advantage of the practice known as talent scouting.<br /><br />Sports teams, music labels and the film industry have long used scouts to source talent. Although they rely on current and former employees to be their &ldquo;feet on the street,&rdquo; they also utilize an extensive network to help them land great candidates.<br /><br />The Talent Scouting track looks at best practice examples of these programs, how they are set up, how they are maintained and what they deliver. In addition, the track explores innovations in talent scouting, including how to find and leverage talent scouts and how to best utilize technology.<br /><br />A panel of expert advisers shares information through webcasts, white papers and other resources.<br /><br />&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s technologically connected world, talent scouting makes more sense than ever. We are pleased to support this education and research track to help organizations uncover talent through this method of employee referral,&rdquo; said Kevin Harrison, President of PeopleFilter Technology. <br />

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