Hiring Trends to Watch for in 2018

January 31st, 2018

Each new year brings a wave of trends in every aspect of life, including hiring. Expect 2018 to be no different, as there’s never a dull moment in the constantly-changing business realm. Keeping up with these new trends can take some time and effort, but it’s necessary to attract top talent.

4 Hiring Trends to Watch in 2018

1. Improved Candidate Experience

The unemployment rate has been on a steady decline since 2016. This number reached a more than 10-year low of 4.1% in November 2017, meaning candidates now have the upper hand. Securing top talent will become more challenging than it’s been in years, so companies will need to provide an optimal candidate experience to keep them feeling appreciated and engaged throughout the process.

2. Continued Emphasis on Social Recruiting

An overwhelming 70% of employers used social media to screen candidates in 2017, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Not only that, 57% of respondents said they were less likely to interview a candidate they couldn’t find online. Social media shows no signs of slowing, so this hiring trend is poised to become even more prominent in 2018.

3. Rise of Mobile

The vast majority of Americans — 77% — own a smartphone, according to 2017 data from the Pew Research Center. This number will likely rise in 2018, and as even more people own smartphones, the need for a mobile-friendly hiring process will surge. People are using their mobile phones to search for jobs anytime they have a few spare minutes in the day, so HR sites must be optimized for mobile. Failing to do so will cause companies to lose candidates because plenty of other employers are more than willing to accommodate mobile job seekers.

4. Expansion of Contingent Workforce

Just a few years ago, it was uncommon for professionals to hold anything but permanent, full-time positions, but things have changed. Employers are starting to realize they can cut costs by reducing their full-time payroll to only a core group of staffers and professionals are taking control of their career — and personal life — by seeking non-traditional employment options. Therefore the number of temporary and freelance jobs will likely rise in 2018, and they’ll be met with overwhelming demand.

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