3 Hot Recruiting Trends of 2018


Each year, old trends die and hot new ones take over. 2018 ushers in hiring trends focused on embracing new technology and finding new ways to perform jobs. Gone are the days of rigidity and stagnation. These trends make way for flexibility and fluidity. Here are three of the hottest new 2018 recruiting trends:

Alternative Jobs

The days of traditional 9–5 jobs are numbered as alternative roles rise to the forefront. Everything from remote work, to freelancing, to contingent gigs is on the table in 2018. Employers love the flexibility that comes with contract work and short-term hiring, and employees are attracted to the freedom that they simply can’t get in long-term, permanent positions. If you’re looking for employees this year, you may want to consider re-framing your job descriptions as alternative roles instead of being stuck in the permanent, full-time mindset. Your company could benefit from the number of qualified job seekers who are available and interested in a non-traditional job structure.

Generation Z

With millennials all grown up and settled in the workplace, our focus shifts to the next wave of up-and-comers: Generation Z. What characteristics define this group? Generation Z individuals should not be mistaken for younger millennials. There are some key differences in their work habits and the types of jobs they’re attracted to. For starters, expect a better response to jobs that focus more on independence than collaborative team structures.

When advertising your opportunities and capturing new talent, tailor a job-posting strategy to these new grads that’s genuine, authentic, brand-consistent, and extremely tech-savvy. Your recruitment strategy must keep up with the rapidly changing job landscape and the ever-shortening attention span of young job seekers.

AI in the Workplace

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been on the rise in the workplace over the last several years, and we’ve already seen it trickle into the world of HR. In the year ahead, expect more smart technology that can help your HR department with repetitive tasks like sorting resumes and generating job posts from a list of keywords.

This type of technology allows hiring managers to dedicate more time to higher-level thinking, brainstorming, and the creation of growth strategies, which AI can’t replicate. For now, look for ways to save time and streamline your recruiting processes with AI, without fearing that this technology will replace human jobs altogether.

One thing is certain: 2018 will not be boring on the recruitment scene. With the rise of intelligent technology, a fresh wave of recent grads and young workers, and the redefining of old job parameters, it’s an exciting time to hire. Keep your team up to date on the latest trends so you can stay aligned with your business’ needs and job seeker’s criteria for finding their ideal position with your company.

Alisiana Peters

Author: Alisiana Peters

Alisiana is a marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.