With the year 2020 safely behind us, the world is slowly but gradually recovering from the challenges brought forth by the pandemic. Almost every industry in the world was forced to adapt at breakneck pace in order to keep operating as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the global economy.
The recruiting and staffing industry also went through major changes, including the unprecedented shift to remote work as well as a staggering number of people losing their jobs and looking for new ones. According to Daniel Chait, CEO of Greenhouse, one of the fastest-growing recruiting software providers, 2021 will see a record-breaking number of people reentering the workforce due to the huge number of people who were laid off the previous year.
Here are some of the recruiting trends we are likely to see this year, shaped by the pandemic.
Technology has been a part of the recruitment process for years now. In fact, more than 95% of the Fortune 500 companies currently use recruitment software, and more than 65% of recruitment experts consider investing in new technology the best way to improve the recruiting processes. Technology can be used to help streamline every part of the recruiting process, from sourcing and engaging candidates to testing and nurturing them until the final decision is made.
Since companies all over the world incorporated remote working options to continue their business processes amidst the lockdowns and socials distancing measures, it’s clear that virtual hiring using videoconferencing technology platforms is here to stay. While not uncommon before, more companies are using virtual hiring techniques with candidates throughout the process, from initial assessment through screening and onboarding. Other companies are using a hybrid of virtual and in-person interviews. While nothing beats the effectiveness of an in-person interview, the virtual hiring option has provided a convenient way to conduct those interviews and to have a more thorough process.
An increasing number of companies are now under scrutiny by their stakeholders to meet diversity targets. Recruiters are being directed to focus on diversity and inclusion as more companies understand the benefits of actively committing to hiring more minorities. Diverse workforces have also proven to be more productive, and organizations with a diverse workforce enjoy better reputations within the global market.
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