Recruiting trends evolve. Each year there is a new approach and way of recruiting that will give your company the inside edge over the competition. 2018 is no different. Many of the recruiting trends we saw in 2017 will continue to be a focal point this year and beyond.

Here are the top recruiting trends to watch for in 2018:

The Expansion of the Gig Economy

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The gig economy will continue to have a greater impact on how companies recruit and operate. More people have aspirations to be self-employed.  More company leaders see the value of using contractors. This flexibility for both parties is attractive and something you can expect to see more of in 2018. Be open to hiring contractors, freelancers, and part time professionals.

Read: 4 Ways the Freelance Gig Economy Is Redefining Candidate Career Expectations

Increased Focus on Diversity Hiring

Diversity hiring continues to be a hot button topic in the recruiting industry. Look for companies to further entrench diversity into hiring practices. Forward thinking recruiters are now looking beyond compliance and guidelines and are starting to see the true value of diversity in the workplace.

Read: 4 Ways to Increase Diversity Through Improved Recruitment

More Focus on Retention

Recruiting doesn’t stop once you hire an employee. Retaining top talent is imperative to remain competitive. With a shortage of qualified talent, it’s now more important than ever for companies to take a proactive approach to retention. Expect companies to offer greater incentives and opportunities to keep their top employees in house.

Read: 5 Easy to Implement Recruitment and Retention Strategies

Increased Focus on Social and Mobile Recruiting

Everyone has a mobile device and most people use social media. Expect recruiting efforts to be more focused in these areas in 2018. The vast majority of job seekers use mobile and social media as part of their job search, however, many hiring companies fail to take advantage. Expect this year to be the year when companies invest more heavily in social and mobile recruiting efforts.

Read: How Social Media Is Reshaping Recruiting – for Companies and Candidates

Greater Emphasis on Employer Branding

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The candidate experience matters. People want to work for companies that have a good reputation and employer brand. They want to work for companies with a strong culture and organizations that take care of their employees. Therefore, if your company has a strong employer brand, you will be able to more effectively recruit top talent. Expect companies to focus more on their employer brand and the candidate experiences they create in order to improve their recruiting process.

Read: Tips to Create a Desirable Employer Brand Using Social Media

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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 Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, Startup, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. 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.

Priscilla Poirier

Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!

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