Work-Learn Insight - March 2021

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Welcome to the March Work-Learn Insight Newsletter. This winter has marked the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic that shifted our thinking about the workplace of the future as we grappled with the challenges of remote work and even remote talent management. 

From the very early days of the pandemic, the Work-Learn Institute collected data from students and employers to understand the impact of the changes to our approach. Our organizations have all changed over the past year and as we look ahead, together we’ll explore how our research can shape talent management practices from recruitment to upskilling to retention.

This issue focuses on how to maximize your talent recruitment practices to best position your organization and drive student interest in your job postings.

Looking for more insights? View previous Insight Newsletters:


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Recruiting young talent in a remote world

The pandemic drastically changed the way organizations recruit and retain young talent. Our Future-Ready Workforce Series provides leading research in key areas like recruitment and talent retention. Learn how to best position your organization to recruit top talent.

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Drive student interest in your job

Writing a job description can be challenging, but did you know that students look for key themes when searching for a job? Waterloo research shows that not all job descriptions are equal and that if you include certain words you increase the quality and quantity of candidates.

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More from WxL

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The future-ready workforce series: Engaging the next generation of talent. Join us on April 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the next event in our multi-part series and discover how employers are engaging young talent in today's challenging market. Access new research insights from Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight what is changing in our workforce. You'll also learn how organizations can improve employee performance, satisfaction and commitment by re-thinking their strategies for onboarding and role design to unlock the potential for innovation.

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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 offer—including 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.