The Talent Board.org is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 certification. The mission of the Talent Board is to facilitate the evolution of the employment candidate experience principally through the annual production of The Candidate Experience Awards. The Talent Board is funded by donations and sponsorships.
The Candidate Experience Awards is the brain child of Chris Forman, the CEO of Startwire. In November 2010, Chris approached Talent Function’s CEO, Elaine Orler, with the idea to create an annual award that spotlights those companies delivering outstanding candidate experiences. The passion of those genesis conversations sparked an alliance with kindred collaborators: Gerry Crispin (CareerXroads); and Ed Newman (then the Accidental Entrepreneur). Early on, the group determined that for the award to actualize, The Talent Board should be formed as a non-profit entity. And so, The Talent Board was formed to produce The Candidate Experience Awards.
During the inaugural 2011 proceedings, Jeremy Tipper of Talent Collective reached out to The Talent Board with an eye towards expanding the award to cover the United Kingdom. Jeremy’s like-minded passion for the evolution of candidate experience made him a natural collaborator and the project expanded to the United Kingdom in 2012.
The following contributors are donating their time, money, and passion to The Candidate Experience Awards.org:
“I’m an engineer. Engineers work with long complex formulas, always trying to simplify them by taking as many elements as possible and making them equal 0. Then they work on solving for the remainder. For hundreds of years, recruiters, without thinking about it have taken candidates out of the hiring equation the same way. The Candidate is the last stakeholder in the recruiting process whose experience must be valued in order to move our profession forward.”
Principal & Chief Navigator at CareerXroads
“Given my profession as a recruiting consultant, my friends, and friends-of-friends, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, are always sharing their job-seeker experiences with me. I end up shaking my head way too often. And I can also say that it is not just about how employers behave, candidates play a big part in creating a positive candidate experience. The Talent Board project is a passion for me. It is a vehicle to highlight companies that are setting an example of good business practice.”
Chairman, Board Member
President, Talent Function
“Most recruiting organizations that I have worked with are forced, by virtue of their resources, to work to the limits of their capacity. Frankly, they don’t have time to make candidate experience a top priority. If candidate experience is going to improve, then it has to come from those investing in the recruiting function. The C suite needs to understand the business implication of bad candidate experience. The Talent Board is a vehicle to promote that understanding.”
Vice President, iMomentous
“On the first day of my first in-house recruitment role about 15 years ago, I remember asking the HR Director what impact she thought the way we treated the 70,000 people who had applied for a job with us in the last year might have on company sales. Judging by the perplexed look I got as the only form of response, it was apparent that this question hadn’t been asked before despite the obvious ramifications. Whilst there are still many companies who would struggle to answer the question, there are a growing number of businesses who appreciate that candidate care, good or bad, has a significant business impact. I’m really proud to be involved in bringing the CandEs to the UK, as they are the perfect vehicle to identify and promote examples of great candidate experience that we hope will encourage other companies to sit up and take notice.”
Partner, Talent Collective