Last year was a watershed moment that made many recruiting and HR professionals rethink almost everything. You switched focus from hiring to retaining talent, from in-person interviews to remote ones, and beyond.

As employers take the freeze off hiring and get the jump on the post-pandemic recruiting rush, it’s a good time to get the lay of the land. What does recruitment look like in 2021? Here are some of trends we see, and why we think we’ll see them dominate the recruitment landscape in the coming months.

Recruiting Will Hold Organizations Accountable on Diversity

“Diversity” has been a buzzword in HR departments, but 2020 pushed organizations to commit to goals. There’s lots of work still, but many companies put new initiatives in place and took bold stances last summer.

Recruiting will play a role in holding our organizations to those goals. Not only will recruitment focus on bringing in more diverse individuals, it will also focus on retaining those hires. Often, companies must consider their internal company culture to support diversity in hiring.

Look for recruiters to create better ways of finding and screening more diverse candidates. They’ll seek to reduce bias in recruitment processes. Internal policies and procedures might also come under review. Everything from interview questions to onboarding to employer branding could shift.

More Focus on Employer Brands in the Experience Era

You can also expect to see more talk about employer branding. The last year has given people time to consider what they really value. For many, the answer isn’t work. While some are career-focused, many people are now looking for jobs that will allow them to focus on what matters most to them: family, friends, and living life to its fullest.

More than ever, job seekers are looking not for a job but an experience from their work. They want to do something they’re passionate about and put their skills to good use.

To that end, people are going to be more selective about the employers they want to work with. As a result, there will be more focus on employer branding and the experience you offer.

Onboarding is key here, as the process starts the second someone applies to work with you. From job posting to application to interview to hire, think about the experience delivered to each candidate.

Technology Is a Must in the Virtual Hiring Environment

Most of these processes have shifted to virtual recently. Applications, interviews, and onboarding are all completed in the online environment. We’ll likely see more employers adopt virtual interviewing and onboarding permanently.

You might have shifted to remote processes abruptly. As you look to make these more permanent features of your hiring, it’s time to ensure you have the best tech to support them. An HRIS could help you manage the onboarding process seamlessly.

Hiring with an Eye to the Future

Finally, recruitment patterns are shifting to favour internal mobility. That means you’ll be hiring less. Instead, you’ll look to onboard junior talent, then develop those team members to take on more senior roles.

You’ll want to look for different qualities in your junior hires. Willingness to learn, more general skill sets, and a desire to move up the ladder may become more important. Cultural fit takes on a new importance too.

You may still hire externally for some senior roles. Your processes for hiring for junior versus senior roles will thus continue to diverge from each other.

Get Ready to Hire with the Right Help

These are just some of the recruitment trends emerging in early 2021. If you’re thinking about hiring any time soon, keep an eye on them.

Want to get a better handle on your hiring and onboarding processes? It’s time to get in touch with the experts. We can help you discover the right technological solution to make onboarding a breeze, even in a virtual environment.

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