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Talent mapping (TM) is an essential tool that is often overlooked, according to Forbes. When it is implemented, such as personality tests for candidates, companies have a better chance of finding suitable talent that supports long-term corporate goals. Human capital is vital and some talented candidates are more likely to adapt to change than others. When TM is put into place, companies are able to plan for the future in a practical, analytical, and cost-effective way. 

 

How does mapping talent work?

All candidates have strengths and weaknesses, along with their own personalities. Some traits and characteristics are ideal for specific roles and for moving up in certain niches, while other traits and characteristics may be red flags that candidates just aren't the right fit. So, talent mapping goes beyond perusal of resumes and reference checks, and other everyday HR hiring processes. TM goes deeper into personalities and traits, such as assertiveness, fearlessness, and compassion for other people.

For example, if a company needs empathetic customer service representatives to handle future growth, personality tests that isolate candidates with high levels of empathy will be very valuable. One type of test that is respected within the industry is the Myer-Briggs test. It analyzes personality and classifies people according to their traits. A candidate who has an INFJ Myer-Briggs personality type may be an ideal fit for a customer service role thanks to their heightened empathy, but be too sensitive for a very commanding, upper management role. As you can see, TM reveals so much important information about the mindsets of people

Moreover, talent mapping and business mapping are complementary. When utilized, both types of mapping help companies to create business strategies by figuring out future goals for their teams. TM makes it easier for companies to find employees that will help them to hit targets. Without it, companies may be left without vital human resources in the future. If you wish to boost workplace metrics, talent mapping will be indispensable.

 

Few companies are using TM to best advantage

While the benefits of talent mapping are myriad, especially in relation to future business planning, a lot of companies are dropping the ball, by failing to utilize this effective way of vetting talent to best effect. Companies that do appreciate the benefits of talent mapping gain an edge over the competition. They are able to find talent that has the innate power to adapt to shifting business landscapes. Job performance and adaptability aren't always the same thing.

When companies want talent that can grow to fit future changes, in times when many career paths include lateral moves and fragmentation, talent mapping provides essential insights. Company visionaries are therefore encouraged to take advantage of talent mapping services, such as talent mapping exercises and personality tests, which help them to find candidates who are able to move up in rapidly-changing industries.

Business mapping specialists are the best people to talk to about TM, as part of a cohesive business mapping strategy. With talent mapping in your business mapping arsenal, you will be able to lead your company into the future with confidence. You will be able to find talent that goes the distance.  

by guest contributor Jennifer Hole

 

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