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Movieclips Monday: Talent acquisition takes structure and creativity

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Posted by Matt Rivera

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January 14, 2013

They say that the two hemispheres of the brain are wired for different purposes. In my non-scientific terms, one is more logical, the other is more creative (I can never remember which is which). Most people have a tendency to use one side more than the other, resulting in people who are generally more structured and logical, and those who are more creative and free-spirited.

This reminds me a bit of the two sides of talent acquisition. There is the structured or more HR side, which needs to be concerned with compliance and all of the employment laws, paperwork and details. Then there is the other side, which requires a bit of creativity to figure out what will attract people to your company, how to find them, and then how to quickly and accurately assess them as potential employees.

Today, both are more important than ever. There are various employment laws in play and depending on your industry, some are very regimented, others just have a long list of requirements that must be met and documented. With competition high for some types of talent, it also takes some creativity to get people to even consider your job openings.

Today’s Movieclips Monday is a good illustration of the two different sides that I’m talking about. In this clip from Forrest Gump, Forrest is in the military and he is excelling at following directions in the structured environment. His buddy, Bubba, on the other hand is providing all the ideas and creativity for what they could eventually do with a shrimp business. It’s a classic scene anyone who has seen the movie has likely quoted at one time or another.

Enjoy today’s clip (and maybe find some good shrimp for lunch today). As you do, think about how you will be able to get both structure and compliance, along with creativity into your talent acquisition strategies.












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