Recruiters, buckle up - What's hot in 2024?

Published on: 23 Jan 2024

Here we take a sneak peek at the fantastic world of recruitment with its innovative tech ruling the roost, and the hangover from Covid_19 still having an impact.

Remote, but not distant:

Remember the days when ‘WFH’ felt like an alien acronym? Well, now it’s very much the norm! Obviously more so in some industries and job roles than others.! Remote work is very much here to stay, adorned with virtual high- fives and comfy sweatpants. And candidates love the flexibility, it’s the new black. For employers, it's time to really think about how to engage and optimise team performance in a hybrid/ remote working environment which creates its challenges. Technology and communication is the key!

AI, your co-pilot:

AI is no longer a misunderstood buzzword, it's your trusty sidekick. With AI-powered tools streamlining mundane tasks; you'll have more time to sprinkle your magic in your candidate engagement. From chatbots smoothing out application processes to predictive analytics guiding your sourcing, embrace the AI wave - it's more friend than foe.

Soft skills reign supreme:

Move over hard skills, it's time for the softies to shine. In this era of automation, emotional intelligence, adaptability, and creativity take centre stage! Candidates who can blend tech prowess with empathetic communication skills are the diamonds in your recruitment rough.

Diversity, equity and inclusion - not just buzzwords:

2024 isn't just about thrashing around fancy words with no meaning, it's about walking the talk. Candidates are on the look out for companies that champion diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). So, dust off those inclusion strategies and ensure your hiring process reflects the beautiful kaleidoscope of talent out there.

The rising video resume star:

Lights, camera, action - video resumes are having their Hollywood moment - and really, it's about time isn't it? Candidates are moving away from the traditional paper CVs for engaging and bespoke video pitches. Get ready to screen these mini-movies, seeing your potential next team players' personality, talent and spark: and embrace the change.

Green is the new black:

Sustainability isn’t just a trend, it’s a lifestyle.  Candidates are drawn to eco-conscious companies that walk the green talk. Brush up on your eco-friendly initiatives; recycling bins might just be as essential as coffee machines in your site tours.

Data, data, everywhere:

With great power comes.. lots of data! The recruitment world is swimming in candidate data, and it’s your gold mine. Dive deep, analyse patterns, and let data-driven decisions steer your recruitment ship. The treasure trove of insights awaits!

Skills, skills, skills:

CVs are not the only things getting a makeover – skill sets are too! Continuous learning is the name of the game. Encourage candidates (and yourself!) to upskill and reskill. Lifelong learning is the secret sauce for staying ahead in this fast-paced job market.

The Rise of Employer Branding:

Employer branding is a critical factor in attracting top talent. According to a survey, 69% of active job seekers are more likely to apply to a company with a strong employer brand. Let your brand do the talking.

To end, recruiters should embrace and adapt to the evolving landscape of remote work, new technologies, and AI to optimise their hiring process. The shift towards remote work has not only become a prevalent trend but also an opportunity for recruiters to tap into a global talent pool. Embracing new technologies and AI tools can streamline and enhance various aspects of recruitment, from CV screening to candidate assessments. Recruiters should leverage these advancements to improve efficiency, reduce biases, and make data-driven decisions, whilst remaining competitive and successful in the dynamic world of talent acquisition.

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