On October 11th, a panel consisting of three human resources talent executives discussed career guidance, navigating job searches and the role of automation and technology in talent acquisition. This was the first presentation in the 2018-2019 MBA Executive Speaker Series. Panelists included: Ed Bitterle, Chief Talent Acquisition Officer at ADP, Sue Chegwidden, Vice President and Chief Talent Officer at Prudential Financial and Matt Jahansouz, Managing Director and Global Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs.
Greg Cant, Dean of the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, served as the moderator, facilitating the discussion with questions written by MBA students. Using the questions as a guideline, executives touched upon a variety of topics starting with agility as a key competency for employees.
“One measure we do look at across the board especially when we think of potential for individuals is learning agility and how somebody is quickly able to adapt and change and learn from new situations,” Chegwidden told students and faculty attending the session. “If you think of how you can gain experiences and apply them to different experiences to increase your learning agility, that can be very important for your future,” she continued.
Shifting to a focus on the role technology plays in the recruitment process, Britterle touched upon the current shift from a recruitment game to marketing game. “Job seekers, where they would post on job boards in the past, that’s all done now. You have the advantage of going career site to career site and shopping for jobs.” He continued to explain how job postings focus less on written paragraphs with job content and more on visually selling the role.
Understanding the major role technology plays in the recruitment process, Jahansouz shared tips on how to stand out online in the current marketplace. “Be able to tell your story and practice it. Take it seriously.” Often times individuals will mention several qualities they think employers will want to hear. “That’s fine if you want if you to claim that you are those things, but the best thing you can do is actually relay examples of things that you have done or how you would handle certain instances,” he said.
Cant concluded the discussion by summarizing the key points, emphasizing the three panelists’ focus on being yourself and taking smart risks. “The number one lesson that I’m sure your parents told you from a very young age is that you can fail once but do the same thing again, then you are probably in the wrong place,” he added.
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