Talent intelligence
and AI terms, explained

Talent intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are often used interchangeably, but there are some key differences in how each performs. AI is broken down into subsets, including machine learning and deep-learning AI. AI is the broadest classification for programs that can sense, reason, act, and adapt. Machine learning is a subset of AI in which algorithms improve performance as they are exposed to more data. Deep-learning AI is a subset of machine learning in which multilayered neural networks learn from vast amounts of data.

AI and machine learning

Algorithmic decision-making (ADM) uses analysis of large data sets to derive information considered helpful in making decisions. Once algorithms surface information, talent leaders can use it to inform their decisions.
Cloud delivery architecture refers to how different strategic components of cloud computing services are integrated to support an organization’s cloud computing. This includes the architecture necessary for cloud services, including front-end platforms, back-end platforms, a cloud-based delivery model, and a network.
Employee data analytics is information about worker trends and patterns. Also referred to as HR, people, workforce, or talent analytics, it helps HR professionals measure and see employee data to inform decision-making and support business outcomes.
Employee engagement analytics measure and evaluate the employee experience. These insights are helpful to HR professionals as they can show employee engagement, satisfaction, and well-being, key indicators of a healthy workforce.
A talent analytics dashboard organizes and shows valuable information about a workforce that HR leaders can use to inform decision-making. Also known as an HR dashboard, these can include information on skills, employee performance and engagement, and other talent-related metrics.
Talent intelligence is a new method that organizations use to collect and analyze data on internal and external talent, often with the help of AI. With talent intelligence, HR leaders can assess potential candidates, see skills in their organization and industry, and forecast future skill needs so they can align talent strategies to overall business success.
Workforce planning is the process of aligning talent strategies to support the business. It’s imperative that talent leaders focus on supply and demand, skills gaps, fulfillment, measurement, and action to determine whether they need to buy, borrow, or build talent with the skills they need.

Talent management

AI-powered talent management systems guide employer decisions and employee development. HR and business leaders often lose sight of their skills and capabilities after onboarding, so these systems ensure that leaders keep focused on developing employees’ potential.
Augmented talent management systems surface insights about employees’ skills and potential to help guide their careers. Talent management professionals often use these augmented technologies, powered by AI, to manage workforce development.
Employee engagement is an HR term for how invested workers are in their organizations. HR leaders often use employee engagement as a barometer for the overall health and well-being of their organization. Engaged employees take pride in their jobs and are invested in supporting their organization’s goals.

Hyper-personalization uses AI and real-time data to inform and create highly targeted products, services, content, or experiences. Talent management professionals using hyper-personalized systems powered by AI, generally receive more targeted recommendations that resonate with their audiences.

Internal mobility is the ability for employees to move to new opportunities within an organization. These moves can include transferring departments, promotions, mentorships, projects, and more.
A request for proposal, or RFP, is a public announcement asking for bids from contractors to work on a project. RFPs can include project overviews, requirements, deliverables, timelines, budgets, outcome expectations, and more.
Reskilling is the acquisition of new skills to move to another role or training for alternative roles. For example, it might be learning a new way to execute on the same job, but not necessarily learning an entirely new skill set.
Skills management is how an organization catalogs its workforce’s skills and maps them to its current and future needs. Through this process, organizational leaders should understand where to best deploy talent to support overall business goals.
Succession planning is the process of creating a talent bench to fill key positions in an organization. By identifying employees and preparing them to step up, organizational leaders are prepared when employees retire, resign, or move on.
HR systems architecture, where the talent profile is the foundational component and integrates skills, experiences, and interests to create a dynamic understanding of talent that can be used both within traditional constructs of jobs and new and evolving ways of work.

Talent experience (TX) is an employee-centric approach to managing talent. Using a talent management system that highlights employees’ skills and potential shows them learning and career growth opportunities that improve their experiences and instill purpose.

Talent management analytics and reports use employee data to inform decision-making around workforce planning and organizational goals. HR professionals use talent management analytics and reports to improve HR functions and performance.

A talent marketplace is an AI-powered digital platform that aligns employees’ skills to new roles, projects, mentorships, and other opportunities within the organization. HR and talent management leaders use this talent marketplace to improve internal mobility and retention.

Talent redeployment is moving or reassigning employees into new roles or departments to make better use of their skills.
Talent retention, or employee retention, is the process of keeping top talent from leaving your organization. HR and business leaders need a strategy in place so they can easily see and engage high performers, as turnover can be expensive and disruptive to a workforce and delay business outcomes.
Upskilling is the practice of teaching workers new skills or capabilities to build upon their existing roles. Upskilling should be based on employees’ potential to learn more advanced skills that will add to their skills portfolio — and better support the organization’s goals.

Talent acquisition

AI-powered sourcing uses artificial intelligence to help source and select candidates. This is incredibly powerful in the talent acquisition process for recruiters, as they can surface best-fit candidates targeting their skills and capabilities from a larger talent pool.
Campus recruiting refers to when an organization’s recruiters visit a university, college, technical, or other educational institution to meet potential new applicants. Companies often work with university career centers to find new candidates through this method of sourcing.
Candidates experience (CX) is the entire end-to-end recruiting experience for the applicant. Providing a streamlined and personalized candidate experience ensures that applicants have a positive introduction to your organization and are more likely to accept an offer.
Candidate prioritization is the HR process of aligning candidates to roles based on their relevant skills and experience. To facilitate the process, recruiting teams can use AI-powered skills insights to help them determine best-fit candidates for the interview process.
Candidate relationship management, or CRM, is the process of sourcing, selecting, and nurturing talent through the entire candidate life cycle. This includes finding and engaging candidates for open roles and cultivating a connection with them to guide them through the full recruiting process.
A chatbot refers to an automated response system, also known as conversational AI, built to answer basic customer questions in a friendly style. Many companies use chatbots to capture initial customer inquiries and then route them to the best responses or a human agent, helping them resolve issues more quickly.
Contingent workforce management is the process of hiring and managing contract workers for specific projects. This includes contractors, gig workers, freelancers, agency staff, and temporary staff. Contingent workers are often sourced through staffing agencies on a per-project basis.
Conversational AI recruitment uses artificial intelligence to facilitate conversations with potential candidates with natural language processing (NLP). With automated questions starting the conversation, recruiters can begin to qualify candidates for open positions.
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) bias detection is identifying any areas of existing or potential bias in your talent processes. It is essential to ensure that any technology uses fair algorithms that promote unbiased and equitable decision-making.
Event recruiting refers to a career fair or other in-person event where candidates can meet with potential employers. These often provide more informal opportunities for applicants to learn more about an organization and how they might be a good fit.
Interview scheduling and feedback refers to the steps of moving a candidate through the screening process. Today, the scheduling, screening, and feedback process often involves the recruiter, the hiring manager, potential teammates, and leaders. Every interviewer then inputs their feedback to decide on the best-fit candidate for the position collectively.
Reference checks are essentially background checks with former employers, clients, colleagues, and others for candidates in the talent acquisition process. These typically occur at the end of the recruiting process before making an offer.
Referral management is the system an organization uses to document candidate referrals in the recruitment process. These are often current or former employee referrals of potential best-fit candidates for the organization.
Talent sourcing is the process of generating a consistent flow of high-quality candidates to join your talent pool. This includes sourcing, researching, networking, and other efforts to create and maintain a robust talent pipeline so that when you need to hire, you have quality applicants ready to access.

Talent resource management

Agile talent management is a strategy to increase workforce productivity and capabilities through highly adaptable talent management practices, tools, and resources that can be quickly adjusted to meet changing market demands.
Project-based workforce planning is the process of resource or engagement managers pairing the right worker with the right project at the right time. When aided by technologies like AI, they can get a clearer picture of best-fit candidates to align with project requirements, necessary skills, availability, and location.
Skills-based project matching uses data to identify and present new projects to available employees. By using skills-based matching, resource and engagement managers can ensure they’re finding the best-fit matches to take on projects.

A talent marketplace is an AI-powered digital platform that HR and talent management teams use to match best-fit talent to opportunities based on their skills, capabilities, and interests. An AI-powered talent marketplace can more efficiently and effectively match talent to roles, projects, gigs, mentorships, and more.

Diversity and inclusion (D&I)

Bias mitigation is the process of identifying and reducing bias from an organization’s systems and processes. While bias can be intentional or unintentional (unconscious bias), most people do have some form of bias. It’s important to have a system that can identify where bias might be coming into play, then work proactively to remove or mitigate that bias.
A diverse workforce includes and represents people from all backgrounds and experiences, including in terms of age, race, cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. This inclusive environment should provide equal rights and opportunities for everyone.
Federal contractor compliance programs that originate from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) exist to protect workers, promote diversity, and enforce employment laws. This government agency conducts compliance evaluations and investigates complaints against federal contractors and subcontractors’ personnel policies and procedures.

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