This is our brand new blog on our brand new website. Here you will soon find news and blog posts about everything we’re up to in the Talent Development arena. We thought we would use it to give a brief introduction to who we are, how we got here, and what we plan to do. If you’re reading this then it is most likely that you are either a) a frustrated professional involved in the talent acquisition process or b) a frustrated job seeker. Either way, we have something for you at Career Odyssey.
For specifics of exactly what we do you can visit our website as we continue to develop it in the coming months. But here we will tell you why you will benefit from our upcoming offerings.
For job seekers it’s an all too familiar a scenario as you submit hundreds of applications online with little effort, but also with little hope of receiving a response. Resume after resume goes into the “Black Hole” never to be heard from again.
It is no surprise, many job seekers give up. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 909,000 job seekers last year admitted they hadn’t looked for work because they had become so discouraged.
Employers also hate the hiring process. They’d rather be doing their work than screening piles of applications that often are misleading. Companies are so inundated with resumes that they have to resort to automated applicant tracking systems that quickly weed out candidates in hopes of trying to manage down to a handful of qualified applicants. Applicant tracking software makes it almost impossible for a job candidate to stand out, at least at the initial screening step, instead matching up keywords as the supposed solution.
Most recruiters use boring, generic, job description-based postings that attract a high volume of applicants, and then must take additional time to weed out the bad candidates. The expectation is always that maybe, just maybe, a few good people remain at the end.
It’s not surprising, then, that the process can be frustrating for both sides. It’s also not surprising that employee turnover is a whopping 3 percent per month – according to the BLS – with The Wynhurst Group reporting that 22 percent of all turnover occurs within the first 45 days of employment. It’s ironic that employers still cling to the standard hiring process when clearly the process is broken.
The Career Odyssey concept began with Glenn Conway and Christopher Conway and evolved into Career Odyssey LLC now managed by five founding members: Glenn Conway, Dana Gower, Richard Jordan, Ali Ghiassi, and Tricia Lucas. Together our professional backgrounds include specialties in the areas of talent management, human resource management, recruiting, employee engagement, workforce planning, organizational development, process improvement, change management, operations, project management, career coaching, employee retention, staffing, employer branding, and social recruiting,
At some point in our careers each of us has experienced this broken process as a candidate and as a member of the talent acquisition process. Together we share countless stories and disappointing experiences. These frustrating experiences are why we have come together as Career Odyssey. The process is broken, has been broken, and will continue to be broken until someone identifies a better way to bring together qualified individuals to the right qualified opportunities. We want to improve the candidate experience and provide value to the talent acquisition industry by improving the hiring process.
We love what we do in our industry, and that’s why we are learning and drinking up every drop of information and education about all there is to know in talent acquisition process improvement! We believe in refocusing our frustration with a broken process and transforming to an industry solution. We are here because we are passionate about technology and talent evolution! We believe how we treat people in the talent selection process matters.
We invite you to continue to follow us as well roll out our exciting and innovative talent matching solutions.
The Career Odyssey Team