Req Creep: The Phenomenon

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Creep is defined in the dictionary as “to move stealthily and cautiously”. This description accurately portrays that of a hiring manager’s movements when gaining approval to open a job requisition during a hiring freeze. I am not sure if camouflage and face paint are required to slip their job requisition through the process, but the image suffices to illustrate the cunning necessary to get it done.

Hiring freeze is a subjective phrase which does not hold the same definition as the game freeze tag played on most playgrounds. Managers are not good at holding still for very long and often work in slow deliberate movements emblematic of practicing Tai Chi on the front lawn in the morning. It is easy to see them standing there but unless you stick around and watch their collective movements you’ll miss the outcome of their efforts.

As HR professionals managing in a very challenging economic environment, it would seem that the definition of “freeze” would have stronger interpretation now than in cycles of the recent past. But similar to patterns of behavior in prior hiring freezes, we see the inevitable Requisition Creep. I have uncovered 3 theories (no research conducted) to help describe this phenomenon and layout some ideas on how HR can best respond to this event as well as prepare for the eventual economic recovery.
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RPO Wars: Episode II – A New Decision

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A time right about now,
In a galaxy not far, far away…
The war looms among recruiting service providers and the definition of RPO,
Some staffing agencies masquerade as RPOs while other suppliers
Offer promises of full cycle outsourcing yet cannot retain recruiting staff to deliver.
An expanse has been created between marketing realism and actual delivery,
The lines have been blurred between true RPO suppliers and imposters;
Which leaves clients to sift through the jargon to find the right solution…
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Going Hybrid: The Emergence of Micro Recruiting

As originally published on…  Spring has arrived and much like our economic recovery, it is working to get a foot hold on the slippery chill of winter. Like the seasons, business cycles are perpetual and growth and employment will return. Like the affects of a harsh winter, the landscape can forever be changed and it can be argued that the economic downturn has forever changed corporate recruiting. In many corporations, recruiting is seen as a cost center and many functions were downsized in cost cutting measures. As economists analyze signs of economic recovery, hiring activity has picked up in comparison to a year ago. And many of these recruiting functions that were impacted by layoffs are now being challenged to keep up with hiring demand with fewer resources. Read more

RPO Wars: Episode I – C3RPO & RFP2D2

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A time right about now,
In a galaxy not far, far away,
A world exists where recruiting labor swirls
Within corporate hiring needs,
Melding with sourcing and branding,
Colliding with hiring process and adoption,
A war has erupted in the expanse of options in how to best recruit to fill corporate talent voids: Outsource vs. In Source; RPO vs. RPWhat; RPWho vs. RPHuh?
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