#Nextchat: The Realities of Using a Modern TA Platform

originally published on The Tim Sackett Project blog


If you’re a talent acquisition (TA) leader for a big shop, I’m guessing my life is better than yours! Why do I know this? Because the technology you’re being asked to use has completely passed you by on the side of the highway!

Remember that first time when your Mom or Dad asked you to fix the clock on the VCR? It was simple, but they had no idea on how to set the VCR clock, so it would blink “12:00” for weeks until you decided to fix it. Most TA leaders, right now today, are looking at that clock on the VCR blinking!

The reality of using a full-fledged modern day talent acquisition platform is:

  • You’re not ready for it.
  • It’s like you’ll be taught how to walk all over again.
  • It’s like you’ll be learning a new language.
  • It will be the single most valuable thing you’ll ever do in your TA career.
  • You’ll be forced to teach your entire leadership something completely new.
  • Most vendors selling these solutions don’t have the capability to actually teach you and your team how to effectively use them.
  • You and your team aren’t ready to unlearn all your broken, bad habits to use it effectively.
  • You’re going to have to admit to yourself and others, you really don’t know what you’re doing.

That last one is hard. Because we do know what we’re doing, damn it! But, this is where you have to remember the blinking VCR clock. You don’t, but you can learn!

A full end-to-end talent acquisition platform will change the way you, your team and your organization actually attract, recruit, and onboard talent. Gone, completely, will be “post and pray.” So will be those employees who think this is what recruiting is.

It’s not overly difficult to learn these new skills. It is uncomfortable because it’s a BIG change from what you’re actually doing today and calling it recruiting. You’re not recruiting. You’re administering a recruiting process. Those are different things. Your organization actually needs you, desperately, to attract, retain and develop great talent.

The really, really cool part about this is you’ll completely change your career path by doing this! Once you implement and transform your organization’s recruiting practices using technology, you’ll have other organizations lined up at your door begging you to do the same for them!

The real reality is you have a choice to make. Fix the blinking clock, or keep ignoring it. What kind of TA leader are you?

Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on April 19 for #Nextchat with special guest Tim Sackett (@TimSackett). We’ll chat about how you can transform your organization’s recruiting practices with technology.


Q1.  What are the reasons you’re currently NOT using (or fully using) a new talent acquisition software platform at your organization?

Q2. What are some of the bad or broken habits that HR and recruiters need to unlearn to be able to use new technology effectively? 

Q3. What are some of the keys to creating an effective talent acquisition platform change management plan?

Q4. What are some of the challenges you’ve encountered when training your employees on a new talent acquisition platform?

Q5. What are some of the common mistakes made when working with HR technology vendors to adopt a new talent acquisition platform? 

Q6. Once a talent acquisition platform goes live, how can HR ensure that adoption rates meet project goals?

Q7. What tools and metrics can help to evaluate your new talent acquisition platform’s success?

Q8. If you are fully using your talent acquisition software with success, what advice do you have for others struggling to adopt?



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