Toronto Executive Search & Technology Recruiter Randy Quarin
By Randy Quarin, Senior Recruiter & C0-Founder

Where is recruiting and job searching heading in 2016? It’s a question that companies and candidates are starting to think about as the year comes to a close. Staying on top of the latest job search trends can help companies find an ideal candidate and help job seekers get an edge in a crowded candidate pool.

Here are 6 job search predictions for 2016 that everyone should pay attention to:

1. Mobile recruitment is on the rise


With the rise in the number of people using mobile devices, it’s no surprise that mobile recruiting is also on the rise. Expect 2016 to be the year where mobile recruiting will be adopted by headhunters and job seekers alike. Expect recruiters to use mobile to post ads, vet candidates, communicate with candidates, share resumes, and more.

2. Hiring through social networking will continue to become more prominent

Social media has solidified its presence in the recruiting process. Expect recruiters to rely more heavily on social networks to connect with job candidates, perform background checks and share job opportunities.

For job seekers, social media is a great way to network with recruiters and add value to yourself as a candidate by sharing your work and showing who you are beyond your resume.

3. Companies are expanding their talent acquisition net

Talent net

Companies are changing the way they hire. No longer are they looking solely for talent to fill full-time roles. They are altering their approach to hiring and are now seeking out consultants, freelancers, and contractors to assist with projects.

As a job seeker, it’s important to be open to multiple employment opportunities and agreements. Flexibility and a willingness to take short term contracts, and work on a freelance basis can help you fill the gap while looking for something permanent.

4. Recruiters will focus more on passive job candidates

Expect recruiters to focus more on passive candidates – those who already have positions. This is advantageous for professionals who are open to making a career move.

For those looking to take the next career step, always have your resume ready, and be willing to listen to new opportunities if approached by a headhunter.

5. Video recruitment will increase in popularity

Video is taking over the internet, and it’s also making its presence felt in the recruiting world. We all can’t be in the same place at the same time, but video can help bridge the gap. Recruitment firms and companies are increasingly using video for job interviews and to learn more about a candidate than through a phone call.

For job seekers, this means that the video resume is on the horizon.

6. Your online presence will matter more

Social Media recruiting

A candidate’s online presence will continue to play a big role in the recruiting process. Beyond your social media presence, candidates who blog and play an active part in their industry online will generate more opportunities.

For more tips about gaining the most from your headhunter, check out our Hiring Trends blog posts, where common questions are answered by our Toronto headhunters.


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. 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, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. 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.

Randy Quarin Executive Search

Randy Quarin

Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.

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