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Partners: Boost Your Success in 2013 by Increasing Your ‘Hiring Power’

January 10, 2013 at 8:17 am PST

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This is the second in the Cisco Partner Talent blog series helping partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. This month’s blog post goes into detail about stage two of the Cisco Fit4Talent Employee Lifecycle: Attraction and Hiring.

An aging workforce and changes in required skillsets can lead to a staff shortage for Cisco partners. 

In fact, according to the McKinsey Global Institute’s 2012 World at Work study, developed countries will be short up to 85 million medium-skilled and highly skilled workers by 2020.

This means employing best practices for sourcing, attracting, and hiring top talent is more important than ever. And by following the Talent Attraction Lifecycle, you will exponentially increase your ability to address staffing needs in 2013 and beyond.

What is the Talent Attraction Lifecycle and how can it help you? Read More »

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The ‘Eight Success Drivers’ You Need to Know to Strategically Plan Your Workforce

December 6, 2012 at 8:43 am PST

 

 

 

 

This is the first in a new Cisco Partner Talent blog series authored by Kaycee Tan, who is the marketing manager for Cisco Partner Talent. By working together, the aim of Cisco Partner Talent is to help partners attract, develop, and retain the right people with the right skills at the right time. .

Do you have talent gaps in your practice? Do you know what investments you need to make to fill them? How about some actionable steps to succeed?

Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) addresses these challenges, helping to ensure our partners are able to link their talent strategy with their business strategy—and have the talent they need to achieve their business goals.

We encourage you to learn about the SWP “Eight Success Driver” lessons, and see how 3M, The Principal Financial Group, and Regence have successfully implemented  a more rigorous and business-based workforce planning process in support of better talent investment.

These lessons include: Read More »

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How to Ensure Your Practice is Ready When Opportunity Knocks

October 24, 2012 at 11:53 am PST

There’s nothing worse than the pain of replacing an employee. Or the worry of recruiting new talent to deliver on a time-sensitive project. And it can become downright difficult when the person you need to replace, or add, must possess highly specialized skills.

So what’s your strategy? Panic when your best networking engineer gives his or her notice? Miss an important deadline? Or plan ahead?

I like option No. 3, and I’m sure you do, too. However, I’m guessing running a successful consulting business means your plate is typically full. That said, I’m also guessing recruiting is a challenge, especially when you need someone “yesterday.”

But that’s okay. We have a solution for you. Read More »

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