2020 saw the process of recruitment change drastically. The introduction of lockdown and curfew led to a dramatic shift in employee experience and recruitment strategies. Therefore, entering 2021, heads of the HR department will have to consider the following trends.
It became popular in 2020. With most employees conducting their duties from their homes, last year was proof that running businesses remotely is possible. Although most companies will still retain the office, most human resource managers will create several remote working positions.
These positions will encourage flexibility in the workplace. Remote working will also attract the top talent since recruitments will not get limited to people within a commutable area.
One of the biggest and most impactful changes in 2020 was implementing a virtual recruiting strategy. Virtual recruiting has proven to be effective and convenient for both the interviewers and the interviewee. Virtual recruiting became widespread due to the advantages it provided. These benefits include;
- Freeing up resources
- Allows HRs to interview a wider number of candidates
- Allows a broader reach of candidates from all over the globe
This trend will soon become the norm in most businesses.
Diversity and Inclusion
Apart from the COVID19 pandemic, 2020 saw a significant cultural change where inclusion and diversity were at the forefront of the discussion. Therefore, progressing through 2021, heads of HR departments will need to focus on recruiting diverse candidates. They will also have to create new talent search strategies that will attract people of different diversity. Companies that fail to observe this trend will invite the risk of looking as if they do not care for inclusion. They will also appear as left behind and out of touch.
Use of AI and Automation
Another recruiting trend that will become apparent in 2021 is the use of Ai and Automation. The use of these Automations and AI systems will not replace the need for a recruiting team. These systems will help make the recruiting process easier and efficient. These Automated systems will offer the following services;
- Candidate screening
- Candidate-job marching
- Job description and requirement screening
- Automated conversations
- Scheduling of interviews
The use of AI systems will increase efficiency and save time and reduce repetitive tasks.
With most people using social media platforms, the digital attraction will prove to be the secret towards talent search in 2021. Most human resource managers will use digital platforms to attract the most suitable candidates. They will also use platforms like Linkedin to evaluate the applying candidates.