Work-Learn Insight - January 2021

Friday, January 1, 2021
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Welcome to the first Work-Learn (WxL) Insight newsletter. Well bring you exclusive insights and research to help you with recruitment planning and retention in your organization. We want to inspire and impact the ways you manage young talent for your organization.

The future of work is changing. In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, jobs are going to continue to change in a fundamental way. But at the University of Waterloo, we’re built for change. Leveraging the power of the world’s largest database of student talent (25,000+ co-op students) and a network of over 7,100 employers globally, we strive to advance research for global impact on the development of talent for a complex future.
Each newsletter will focus on topics related to recruitment, engagement, conversion, upskilling or reskilling. We’ll share insights from employers like you, students, and our experts from Co-operative and Experiential Education. Our stories are all backed by the latest research from the Work-Learn Institute (WxL)— the only research unit of its kind specializing in the development of talent through quality co-operative education and other work-integrated learning programs (WIL). 

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Less talk, more action attracts applicants

Our research shows that signals in a job advertisement that align with job seekers interests enhance its attractiveness, which will give you more applicants. So what determines a jobs attractiveness for a student once the basic requirements of the job are fulfilled for the student? We have the answers.

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What COVID-19 teaches us about the future of work (and future talent)

The pandemic continues to affect the future of work and accelerate current workforce trends. Our research tells us how organizations should evaluate and update their talent management strategy for continued success. And we want to share it with you so that youre future-ready.

More from WxL

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The future-ready workforce series: Recruiting the next generation of talent. Join us on February 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the first event in a new multi-part Future-Ready Workforce Series from the Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are attracting and recruiting young talent in todays challenging market.Access leading research insights and perspectives from University of Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight what is changing in the world of work. Youll also learn how organizations can rethink and reset their recruitment strategy for continued growth and success.

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We have templates, checklists and other recruitment resources ready for you. Our Employer+ Resource Hub provides you with the expertise, resources and tools to take advantage of all the benefits WIL programs have to offerincluding time-saving downloadable templates so you can spend time on what you do best. Keep an eye out for the Experience and Upskill/Reskill sections to be launched in future versions of WxL Insight.

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From customizable workshops to data-driven reports to joining us in the development of new research, we look forward to working with you. Find out how we can help you improve how you recruit and hire, engage your employees and upskill/reskill your employees.