Top Social Talent Acquisition Trends You Need to Know in 2018

By Marianne Chrisos - Last Updated on January 25, 2018
Social Talent Acquisition Trends 2018

Find out how to recruit the best talent in 2018.

The future of recruitment agencies and HR departments will be shaped by these trends in talent acquisition.

Finding the best talent to support a company’s goals and objectives is critical to business success. The future of recruitment strategies is all about using methods that actively pursue the best fit for every position, rather than waiting for passive applicants to take an interest.

Focusing on Culture Fit

One of the biggest recruiting trends in 2018 is an increased focus on a person’s fit with the organization and if they meld well with the company’s goals and mission statement. While hard skills, competencies, and experience will still count in an applicant’s favor, it’s no longer enough to just target keywords on a resume.

Culture fit is important to the future of recruitment agencies. It can be can be thoroughly assessed in interviews, but HR groups and recruiting agencies can get a sense of a candidate’s cultural fit by looking for soft skills. Depending on what your work culture prizes – teamwork, growth, flexibility – a resume can tell you a lot about how a person might fit into your organization. Were they part of a successful startup? This can showcase flexibility and adaptability. Do they have several degrees, trainings, and certificates under their belt? You might have a lifelong learner with a high-drive for improvement. Do they have volunteer experience with a nonprofit? This might highlight both good time management and passion.

Postings that highlight what a company can offer their candidates is growing as a part of more overall recruitment strategies. Focusing on what a company can do for their employees as much what a company expects from their candidates is a good way to weed out candidates who aren’t interested in what you have to offer culturally. If you advertise an open office plan that increases collaboration, you should get fewer applications from shy, cubicle-preferring people.

Sharing Skills Across Departments

Speaking of making job postings work for you, it’s important to take the time to craft a recruitment posting carefully. As in other places in business, departments are becoming less and less segmented and are working together to accomplish objectives in a dynamic way. One way to get more eyes on a job posting is to have another team help with writing it. HR professionals might be great at screening candidates and handling benefits, but they might not know the ins and outs of a quality job posting that will get picked up by Google or other search engines. Utilizing the skill sets of your marketing department, like SEO best practices and content wring experience, can help you craft the best job advertisement and recruit the best talent.

Embracing E-Recruiting Technology

The future of recruitment agencies depends on their ability to really narrow their search for quality candidates before starting the interviewing process, saving them a lot of valuable time. Talent management software and applicant tracking software are two invaluable tools to help fill job vacancies with qualified talent.

Job recruitment agencies have a much easier time finding candidates who have a skill match, education qualifications, or even relevant soft skills by using the proper software. This first step of screening applicants saves recruitment agencies a lot of time and ensures that the candidates they reach out to are among the most qualified applicants.

Recruiting top talent for an organization is hugely important to a business’s success. Using smart recruitment software, prioritizing culture fit alongside skillset, and making sure job listings are comprehensive and compelling are some of the best ways to find and hire the best talent in 2018.

Marianne Chrisos

Marianne Chrisos | Born in Salem, Massachusetts, growing up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently living near Dallas, Texas, Marianne is a content writer at a company near Dallas and contributing writer around the internet. She earned her master's degree in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago and has worked in publishing, advertising, digital marketing, and content strategy.

Marianne Chrisos

Marianne Chrisos | Born in Salem, Massachusetts, growing up outside of Chicago, Illinois, and currently living near Dallas, Texas, Marianne is a content writer at a c...

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