Stay Ahead of the Game: 2017 Recruiting Trends to Watch For

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It’s hard to believe that 2016 is officially come to a close. As we look back on our progress over the past year and begin to ramp up for an even more successful 2017, it can be helpful to know in advance some of the trends that are expected to take place in the recruiting realm over the coming months. The good news is we’ve already done much of the legwork, scouring the web and checking with experts to get some forecasts for the impending New Year. Here are just a few of the things we should expect to see.

  • The Rise of the “Gig Economy” – Hiring contract, freelance or “contingent” workers is nothing new, but it’s likely that this practice will continue to gain traction over the next year. Not only does this type of worker provide more flexibility and cost savings to employers, but it also opens the doors to a virtually endless pool of global talent. From a recruiting perspective, expect to have more “gig”-like jobs to fill and, more important, what your best resources are for locating the most qualified candidates.
  • The Power of Data – While some believe the use of data in the recruiting process may have just been a passing fad, most talent industry experts feel it will actually become an even more integral and highly beneficial tool in the near future. By leveraging this wealth of information and the plethora of HR technology tools that are now available, motivated recruiters will have the ability to build and maintain robust queries that will help better match those ideal candidates with the roles they’re most likely to thrive in.
  • The Increasing Use of Mobile and Social – In today’s digital age, job seekers and recruiters alike are turning to technology for convenience, time-savings and increasing opportunities to find the perfect fit. Look for this to continue to move in a positive direction and make sure that you’re taking advantage of the many benefits by optimizing your site and listings for mobile and leveraging social media to attract and recruit the best candidates.
  • The Importance of the Candidate Experience – Like it or not, it’s a job seekers’ market and all trends indicate that it will likely remain this way for the foreseeable future. Talent professionals must adapt to create a better experience during the entire recruiting process – from the way job listings are delivered to the interview process to how ongoing communications are handled and more. Candidates will be interviewing the companies they’re considering working for just as much as they’re being evaluated by hiring managers, so an emphasis should be made on ‘wowing’ them from the get-go.

Without question, the recruiting landscape is evolving and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of it. By keeping the above predictions in mind and preparing for them accordingly in your own recruiting processes, you’ll be able to stay a step ahead of the curve and remain competitive and successful over the coming year and beyond.

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