You need a talent map.
A talent map is a strategic tool used to identify potential candidates for specific roles, and to understand the talent landscape in a particular industry or market. Use it as a proactive approach to help identify, engage, and nurture top talent even before specific job openings become available. Learn more .
Before you start your talent map, you need a comprehensive role kick off () to understand the scope of the role, criteria, and ideal candidate skillset your team is looking to hire. With this information you have a list of keywords to help navigate - from job title, to must have and nice to haves for experience and skillset.
Track your market research & insights.
Talent Mapping is especially useful for senior and executive searches. There is a lot of market research, and networking & connections that needs to happen. Use this page to track your research and insights, and make sure you’re addressing the findings as you kick off a new role.
Look for top profiles for your role.
Next your goal is to understand the current talent market, and to know where to look for the ideal candidate. Create a list of top 10-20 candidates in the space. Work with your hiring manager to identify the top 3-5 profiles, and their experience and skillset. What are the commonalities in either experience background or skillset? Use the information and keywords to find additional top profiles. Don’t worry about reaching out, you’re here to understand why they are the top profile of choice for the role you are hiring against.
Start your talent map.
Use this data to understand the traits and candidate profile - are there trends with schools or alumni programs? Membership in professional groups? A particular industry background? Based on your findings, you can create a talent map to target and source from the right places - ie. industries, company at specific stages, skillsets (tech stacks, tools), etc.
Track your search progress
Track your searches to find the most effective ones, and save them for future reference.
Stay on top of your outreach
As you find interesting profiles, add them to your list for outreach. Log notes from your outreach and track your engagement and nurture for future roles and opportunities.