Recruiting is dynamic. Each year, new ways of doing things and trends emerge based on economic, market and other factors. 2017 is no different. These trends play a big role in how companies and headhunters should approach recruiting.

“As we draw even closer to being smack back in the middle of 2017, we’re now starting to see some noticeable trends playing their role in 2017. For any recruiter, it’s important to be in the know when it comes to trends. Without being in the loop, you’ll simply fall behind. Stay one step ahead of the rest by preparing yourself and researching what trends you can fully utilise,” says Dylan Redmond on Social Talent.

Here are 4 big trends in recruiting in 2017:

Technology Skills Matter

Technology influences every industry, and to address this, many companies are now adding technology skill requirements to most jobs. Having people with technology skills can help minimize disruption and help companies transition to an increasingly technology reliant environment.

Social Recruiting Continues to Evolve

Social media continues to be more widely used in recruiting. With LinkedIn and Facebook offering new features to make it easier for candidates, companies, and recruiters to connect, and with traditional job posts becoming less effective, expect social recruiting to continue to grow. Social media also makes it easier to connect, network, and search based on specific criteria, benefitting both hiring companies and job seekers.

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Finding the Right Culture Fit Is More Important Than Ever

Yes, finding candidates with the right skill set is a top priority when hiring, but long term, finding people who are the right cultural fit for your company is increasingly important. As they say, you can teach skills, but not attitude. Companies with a strong organizational culture and identity not only help attract the right people but help to keep them in-house for the long term.

There Is an Increased Focus on Workplace Diversity


A strong and diverse organizational culture is beneficial. Companies are increasingly looking to not only find candidates who fit within their culture, but also bring a different viewpoint or perspective to the table.

“If everyone was the same plain old Jane, life would just be boring – It’s refreshing to hear a variety of viewpoints. It also allows you as a business to offer a broader service range (e.g., languages, cultural understanding), which can add to your business’ global presence,” says Redmond.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, and HR & Operations. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Gary Hinde Technology Recruiter

Gary Hinde

Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.

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