TalentSum, the talent acquisition service provider transforming talent acquisition departments through a blend of consulting, technology, and best practice process with specialist expertise, is challenging the way talent acquisition services are delivered.
TalentSum partners with companies to optimize talent acquisition functions, with particular emphasis on combining strategy and planning, data analysis, recruitment marketing, technology implementation, and candidate sourcing, delivering a more holistic approach to solving pressing issues across the entire talent acquisition ecosystem.
The firm was born out of a desire to improve the chance that companies could create a real competitive advantage for their businesses and become workplaces with highly engaged employees and high-performing cultures.
The idea was to provide a unique and strategic value by becoming a cost-effective partnering alternative to the large consultancies, winning engagements that began with work at the “tip-of-the-spear”. TalentSum would guide and support talent leaders in the design, implementation and delivery of transformative talent acquisition experiences – and do this without relying on high transaction fees often associated with traditional third-party firms.
For 20 years, Christopher Mengel had founded and ran his own marketing consulting and recruitment services businesses, led marketing for multiple firms (both public and private), and executed well over 100 consulting and implementation engagements across marketing and talent acquisition for a wide range of clients across various industries.
Over time, Mengel had grown disillusioned with companies largely driven by a desire to grow for growth’s sake or to maximize fees at almost any cost. In his mind, this winner-take-all thinking was rooted in the past. With TalentSum, he wanted to offer something different.
Mengel was drawn into the challenge because he thought he could provide a more fair and balanced partnering relationship with customers and apply his own integrated expertise to help transform companies into healthy and exceptional places to work.
TalentSum’s ideal partners are often CEOs or talent leaders under pressure to reimagine the talent acquisition function to increase impact and value to the business.
Engagements range from brief and highly specialized deliverables to more comprehensive multi-year initiatives. Some focus more narrowly on one of the core capabilities listed in the diagram below, while larger efforts require TalentSum’s full line of services across strategic consulting, data and analytics, talent technology, and agency services.
Aligning talent strategy with business strategy is a cornerstone of building up a strategic talent acquisition function for the business and – if designed correctly – can deliver a real competitive advantage for the business.
Unfortunately, far too many middle-market and large companies aren’t set up to tackle this make-or-break moment alone. To meet the need, TalentSum launched TalentSum Pro – a “pay-as-you-go” hourly service designed to help these firms develop actionable strategy plans and implementation roadmaps.
Designed as a low-barrier, cost-effective alternative to the traditional statement-of-work approach, TalentSum Pro is a great choice for the talent acquisition leader looking for an objective outside partner to jump in to help work through strategic talent issues and get moving in the right direction.
Small and emerging companies have a different set of problems, and for those, TalentSum has launched a talent acquisition accelerator service.
The service, launched in 2018, was originally designed as a 30-day program to help companies closer to the beginning of the growth lifecycle establish best practice approaches and a set of mature processes to holistically jumpstart better talent attraction and engagement.
TalentSum partners with the young company to design and implement new processes until fully stable and successful. The approach is hands-on, comprehensive, and complete, and goes well beyond traditional consulting advisory-only services.
TalentSum begins each engagement with a brief discovery session and then collects and analyzes data to build the right strategy and sets of actionable insights. With the right strategy in place, TalentSum works with the team to activate a strong employer brand, value proposition, core messaging, hiring profiles, and candidate personas. TalentSum even supports the development and scaling up of new candidate attraction programs and recruiting technology, and helps to optimize hiring processes to get the right people into the company.
TalentSum partners through the entire engagement and leaves behind a complete document library of resources that includes all data collection and workup materials, multiple process documents, hiring profiles, candidate personas, personalized interview questions and scorecards for each role, post interview debriefs (PIDs), guide books for various systems and programs, and more.
TalentSum’s approach represents the culmination of ideas Mengel believes in – that the right approach to delivering strategic talent acquisition work, combined with a real desire to reduce costs, can work to deliver a true competitive advantage for the business.
Need our help?
If you know someone who’s been struggling to embrace the future of talent acquisition, TalentSum can help. We are designed to deliver better results for less.