Modern War for Talent: A Romantic Look

Much like the modern dating scene, the War for Talent has shifted dramatically in the past two decades. There are more ways than ever to “swipe” your perfect match with online dating, with 35% of relationships now starting online. Replacing “marriages of convenience” are relationships that are organically formed, nurtured, and only last if both parties put in the effort and see a future. Matching employers with employees has changed in similar fashion – many using apps to increase their odds of finding good working relationships. People also used to stay at their jobs longer – with 40% of America's baby boomers staying with their employer for 20+ years – but now employers are expected to pull all the stops if they want to attract top talent and keep younger generations satisfied at their posts. The reason for all this change? Recent talent shortages have resulted in employers struggling to attract, engage, and retain talented candidates who are accustomed to a sea of job opportunities.

Don’t get lost in the shuffle – Salary.com is proud to present you with a step-by-step guide on how the modern-day employer/employee relationship tends to progress, and what both parties should do to attract a right fit, foster an engaging environment, and make it last.

PHASE 1: Attracting a Good Match

In the modern working world, resumes roll in electronically, and recruiters and hiring managers are left trying to figure out which have the best qualifications. So, with all these “fish in the sea” readily available nowadays, employees and employers must take steps to help them attract a good match, or they’ll find themselves settling for a subpar candidate or job.

Read our tips to learn how employers and employees can position themselves to attract the right working relationship:

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PHASE 2: Making a Commitment and Keeping the Relationship Strong

While it’s true that baby boomers tend to stay at the same job for the entirety of their career and millennials are prone to job hopping, ultimately everyone is looking for the same thing: a great fit. But, in a marriage or long-term relationship, both parties must work hard to meet the needs of the other to keep the bond strong. It’s the same within the working world.

Read our tips to learn how employers can keep their workers engaged, and how employees can do their part in creating a positive experience:

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PHASE 3: Path #1: Renewing the Spark (Retain) VS.
Path #2: Going Separate Ways (Turnover)

In working relationships, and there are various ways both employers and employees can “renew the spark.” Worst case scenario is facing a break up, but if you’ve exhausted all means of reparations it might be the right move.

Read on for tactics you can use to get a working relationship back on track, and how to determine if it’s time to part ways.

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