Post excerpt:  Wondering what goes on during a talent manager’s average day? The answer is….A LOT!  

The life of a talent manager can be a mystery for those on the outside looking in. While there is no typical “day in the life” when it comes to the varied responsibilities involved with recruiting and hiring top talent, a core set of tasks do regularly happen. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved in the day-to-day work of a talent manager.

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Getting Their Search On

It’s no surprise that talent scouts spend a significant amount of time assessing the talent supply; both internally and externally, in order to identify the best and the brightest job candidates. They’re not just focusing on current openings, however, but also considering future needs based on turnover and growth. This process has been vastly enriched by the rise of social media: with just a few clicks, hiring managers can identify a breadth and depth of potential candidates. Talent managers also use social media to get their job postings in front of the largest number of active and passive job seekers.

But talent managers aren’t just searching for talent. They are also looking for gaps in the talent supply in order to develop strategies to breach them. In fact, strategizing is a significant part of the work of a recruiter. In partnership with the executive team, talent managers develop strategies designed to help attract and retain employees. This involves everything from implementing effective employee training programs to leveraging management development software solutions and pipeline recruitment techniques.

Communication Matters

A talent manager is never too far away from the telephone. From checking voicemails first thing in the morning to answering the inevitable 5 p.m. Friday afternoon phone call, the telephone is the lifeblood of a hiring manager. At any given time, a recruiter may be conducting a phone interview by telephone or following up on a recently received resume. No matter how steadfastly forward digital technology marches, the phone remains a comprehensive part of the life cycle of a hire.

Sending and returning emails is also a critical part of the process. In 2015, employees will handle an average of 125 emails on any given day, according to research from The Radicati Group. Talent scouts come in at the upper end of this statistic. From answering an influx of queries following a viral job posting to updating departments heads on their job searches, managing email requires constant vigilance on the part of an effective recruiter.

And while talent management does come with its fair share of face-to-face time, technological advancements, such as social media, chat rooms, and video-conferencing capabilities, have lessened the need by making it easier to whittle down final interviews to the qualified few.

The Need for Speed

The ability to act quickly is an essential talent management trait. At the end of the day, it’s a race: who can get to the best talent first? 21st century business success involves increasing degrees of flexibility and creativity. Ultimately, the more streamlined the process, the less precious time is wasted.

The one true certainly in the life of a talent manager? It’s never obvious what any given day will hold. However, all do strive toward a common goal: the phenomenal feeling of connecting the perfect candidate with the perfect job opportunity.

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