UPDATE 8/20/2015: This list of resources has been updated with even more great places to keep up with and learn about talent management based on feedback since publication.
You’re a CEO or HR professional. Or really anyone in charge of hiring, training, and monitoring the performance of some or all of your employees.
You need to have your ear to the ground of the talent industry; marking all the newest developments and greatest ideas for finding, attracting and managing talented people. There’s a lot out there to know, follow, and +1. I’ve been diving into the industry myself, and took the time to compile this list of the best resources for keeping informed about every breaking advance or crazy controversy.
Have at it!
One of the big influencers in HR and Talent Management, Josh Bersin runs this blog where he discusses “strategic talent management, creating high-impact learning organizations, and how organizations drive business change and competitive advantage through talent strategy and technology.”
A group blog run by members of Oracle’s Fusion HCM team, TalentedApps focuses on everything from compensation to learning management, to brown-nosers at work.
Halogen is a talent management software vendor, and their blog examines a broad swath of topics from motivation to performance appraisal.
More an aggregator of news and articles than a straight blog, this is a great centralized resource to get whole host of talent management information, and it’s conveniently broken down by category like “Recruiting” and “Productivity.”
Run by HR guru Trish McFarlane, this blog consistently ranks among the most shared HR blogs and includes musings on very specific topics (like how apologies should work in the office) and broader themes like innovation in HR.
A group blog overseen by Kris Dunn of The HR Capitalist, this blog focuses on “the sexy stuff” of talent management, rather than “all the boring HR stuff like legal issues and employee relations tactics.” What that means on a practical level is explorations of bad HR examples, examinations of the future of recruiting tools and interview advice to 2013 grads.
Another group blog, this time focused on the intersection of talent management and technology, with a special focus on software. Articles range from the best way to use applicant tracking software to in-depth research on what the 20 most popular talent management software vendors are.
A great blog and an even better podcast, Recruiting Animal covers all things recruiting, from tech, to best practices, to news. Just be sure you can hold your own if you ever call in to the live radio show, because you will be asked challenging questions.
A monthly trade publication put out by Media Tec, Talent Management Magazine covers news, case studies and more in the talent management space. Individual issues are free to read online, but PDF downloads are $9.99 and print are $29.99 an issue. Free subscriptions are offered to “qualified individuals.”
Another monthly magazine with an editorial focus on the HR and talent management space, Workforce Magazine is free to read online, and also offers free subscriptions to HR professionals and their companies.
Published monthly, SI Review topics run the gamut from staffing technology to recruitment and retention and is focused on helping staffing companies be more successful. Free subscriptions are available to companies who qualify, and otherwise subscriptions are $99 a year.
Staffing Talk is an online newsmagazine that publishes 2-3 articles a day on the staffing industry. They cover industry news, tools, and advice to temp workers.
OnRec (for “Online Recruiting”) is a bi-monthly, UK-based magazine, free to read online, that compliments the OnRec online magazine. Both magazines cover news and editorial content related to the internet recruiting industry. They are aimed at HR directors, personnel managers, job boards and recruiters.
A weekly online magazine for the HR industry, HR Examiner is aimed at “senior leaders in human resources and human capital.” It covers people, technology, ideas and careers in HR, and routinely publishes top 25 lists for the industry including “Top 25 Online Influencers in Recruiting” and “Top 25 Trendspotters in HR.”
ERE is an online magazine with daily articles on topics as diverse as remote working and how to write the best online job posting. They also cover news, conferences and tech, and are focused on recruiters. Additionally, ERE runs an expo and issues awards for recruiting excellence.
This online magazine covers talent management with a strong focus on tech. In fact they host the HR Technology conference mentioned below. Articles include pieces on benefit management, predictive analytics, and analysis of HR-related news like the contraceptive coverage mandate. While the online version is free to read, hard copy delivery does require a paid subscription.
Though not an “official” association, the TMA is an online “knowledge exchange network” providing content and education for talent management professionals.
The HCI is an association for talent managers with everything from online content and blogs to courses and education and conferences throughout the US.
Again, not an official association, SI Analysts nonetheless offers many similar services (and, honestly, I didn’t know where else to put them on this list). SI Analysts is a private company, headquartered in California with offices in London that offers courses, conferences and industry analysis and research publications to members.
The ASA, headquartered in Virginia, is an association for “the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.” It does everything from legislative advocacy to education, research and certification for members.
The SHRM serves 250,000 HR professionals in over 140 different countries. This association offers everything from awards and scholarships to conferences, certification, industry research and publication, and a comprehensive code of ethics for members.
An annual conference run by the Human Capital Institute, the HCI Global Talent Management Summit includes speakers as diverse as the VP of Leadership Development and Learning from Johnson and Johnson and the VP of Talent and Organization & Management development for PepsiCo. Topics range from how to integrate employee culture into the employer brand to global talent mobility.
Primarily geared towards in-house recruiting managers, this three day conference has as speakers the heads of recruiting of organizations like Dolby, CareerBuilder and the Mayo Clinic. The conference looks at the future of recruiting, as well as case studies from well known companies like Intuit’s HR team.
Put on by the Society for Human Resource Management, this four day conference covers everything HR related, and includes powerhouse speakers like Laura Bush and Tom Friedman.
A creation of Human Resource Executive Magazine, this conference is the place to be for all things related to HR and talent management tech. From case studies by big name companies like Amazon, to speakers like Jim Whitehurst, and sessions on driving employee engagement through new innovations, you’ll be hard pressed not to get a ton of insight from this event.
From tools that integrate with your existing talent management software (like Zoho Recruit), to standalone add-ons that act as custom search engines to find resumes online (like Airs Resume Search), the Chrome HR appstore has tons of free tools for the discerning talent management professional.
Though not as nicely organized as the Chrome store, Firefox also sports some powerful add-ons to help talent managers. Things like Honestly.com SocialLink make it easier to research and reach out to candidates across social networks, and options like the CATS Toolbar will integrate with your existing CATS installation.
I know, I know, ‘who still uses IE?’ But this add-on makes it very easy for recruiters to parse through a website and collect candidate data, even sourcing social profiles from photos.
Covering over 150 different talent management software products, the Capterra directory allows you to filter the list down by requirements, number of users etc. and compare reviews and features to find the perfect talent management software for you.
Updated quarterly, this infographic tracks the most popular LMS software solutions based on number of customers, users, and social media signals like Twitter followers and Facebook followers.
This is a long list, but I’m also sure I missed some awesome resources. What are some of your favorites that I forgot? List them in the comments!