Talent Acquisition Changes for 2018 – Here’s what you need to know

2018 holds some new talent acquisition curveballs which you need to be ready to hit out of the park

2017 was an interesting year for talent acquisition with a heavy focus being put on the importance of hiring female talent and organisations offering attractive benefits to support employee development and even infertility.

Heather R. Huhman, a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources, highlights the key area’s you should concentrate on when hiring in 2018:

  1. Focus on adaptability

One thing that 2017 taught us is that corporate stability is elusive. One week your company is leading the industry, the next the CEO is facing a series of scandals. If your workforce can’t thrive in changing conditions, they won’t achieve long-term success.

Huhman cites the example of Andreas Pettersson, the chief product officer of the video cloud security company Arcus. The company is currently in the middle of a big hiring push, and they’re approaching talent acquisition in a new way.

Pettersson pointed out that in the past, organisations looked for employees who adhered to a rigid plan. That is no longer the case.

“For today’s most agile teams, a set plan is no longer a feasible or successful strategy for product development,” he said. “In 2018, rather than technical skills defining the gold standard recruit, ideal candidates will fit seamlessly into the team, thrive in an empowered environment, and focus on solving the problem at hand.”

This will be true for all industries, not just tech. Construct a team that can keep up with the changing business environment. Seek out candidates who have a wide range of experiences.

Search LinkedIn and reach out to candidates who have successfully transitioned from one industry to another. This is one sign that they are adaptable.

  1. Know your ABCs: AI, blockchain, and chatbots

We’ve been talking about artificial intelligence for years. But we’re just starting to see useful applications when it comes to hiring. Newer software saves hiring managers countless hours by pre-screening candidates.

Brian Christman is the vice president of people at the digital freight marketplace Transfix. He also has over a decade of experience helping companies like Etsy and SiriusXM scale.

“By leveraging big data and machine learning, recruiters are able to cast wider nets,” said Christman. “They become more efficient in building high-quality pipelines, and ultimately can better predict the skills and attributes of prospective candidates that will have the highest probability of success.”

Find an AI tool that will grow with your company. For example, Mosaictrack uses technology similar to IB’s Watson to read through resumes like a human. Over time, it becomes more attuned to the skills and cultural factors you need. This leaves hiring managers more time to develop relationships with top talent.

Huhman explains that blockchain technology is another tool that will be gaining momentum this year. It was developed for exchanging bitcoin, but now there are wider applications.

Blockchain allows for a faster interaction with information by two or more parties. Everyone has the most up-to-date information, regardless of how many people are using it.

Imagine how this could simplify team hiring. Instead of scrolling through an endless chain of messages to see what each person thought of a candidate, use blockchain technology. This will assure that each individual can easily add their own opinions and see those of everyone else.

Finally, chatbots are beginning to make a big impact. The technology saves hiring managers from wasting time on candidates who are not suitable for the role.

Put a chatbot on your company career page. Then potential candidates can interact with it and ask questions. Bringing things full circle, the chatbot can then deliver that communication to AI software. If there are signs that this is a strong candidate, you can make direct contact with them.

  1. Make recruitment and marketing BFFs

Google for Jobs, which debuted in 2017, will impact how organisations craft job listings in the coming year.

“Now recruiters have to think about how they are marketing their openings, which keywords you use, the schema behind how you set it up and ultimately what specific personas they want to attract,” said Teri Calderon, executive vice president of human resources at technician staffing firm Field Nation.

Chances are your hiring team has no idea how to optimise a job posting so it will appear on the first page of Google. Offer training that explains to them why this is important. Provide a list of researched keywords that your ideal candidates will be searching for. This will ensure that the best talent applies for positions with your company first.

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