We wrote about recruiting trends that we will see in 2017. Now that we’re two-third into 2017, let’s take a look at the recruiting trends that have been on the rise and are more prominent than others.

1) Focus on Millennials

Millennials are the future leaders for today’s workforce. As the older generation slowly steps down, they are bringing along their older mind-set and traditional ways allowing room for the millennials to start implementing new modern ways to run the company.

As millennials move up in ranks, plan your recruiting strategies ahead with the realisation that this generation will be the future leaders of your company and consider developing an early leadership program to prepare them for their upcoming management role. It is also important to find out the most optimal way to communicate and manage millennials in your company.

2) Work-Life Balance

More and more companies are placing a high emphasis on work-life balance apart from attractive salary package and other financial benefits. This aspect becomes more necessary due to the sheer demands of work and our “always on” society. Companies offering a balance in work-life and flexible working hours are deemed as more attractive these days.

A flexible approach also helps companies retain their best talents as these talents are able to deliver great work but in a way that is aligned with their lifestyle, providing a win-win situation for all. Soon, the standard 9 to 5 work hours will fade away.

3) Casual Workplace Culture

In the past, there used to be dress-code policies and even office rules to follow. However, the dress-code policies have changed and this trend is largely influenced by the millennials as they generally dislike wearing formal attire for work.

As more and more employees are now working remotely elsewhere or from home, it also results in an increase of a casual workplace culture. A casual workplace culture refers to more than the dress-code policies. Other examples will be how employees no longer have a fixed desk where they have to work at.

4) ‘Skills over Schools’

Recruiters are now looking for more skills than just paper recognition. They are even preferring soft skills over hard skills. Organisations are starting to broaden their views to source and hire talent with diversity. By diversifying their workforce, businesses can utilize a currently untapped pool of talent to help plug the skills gap.

In the past, recruiters and hiring managers looked at resumes and put too much stock into where a candidate previously worked or went to school, rather than the specific skillsets they possess. Recently, they have been shifting the focus to hiring driven candidates who have the determination to learn the skills they need for the job and who share the same competencies of the organization.

Many employers have long complained that universities don’t provide graduates with the skills competitive businesses need today. Online education courses are on the rise, allowing people to learn coding and other skills that allow them to earn full-time or on-demand work in highly sought-after areas.

5) Personal Recruiting

With the talent market becoming more competitive, companies are switching focus from what employees need to what employees want. With artificial intelligence, data is getting more precise than ever and can be gathered from every point of contact with a candidate to provide a more relevant, consistent and personalized experience. When companies personalize careers sites and recruitment marketing will significantly impact not only the quality of candidates companies can reach and attract but also the number of relevant applications.Your ATS plays a huge role in shaping your company’s recruitment. Our Virtual Recruitment Assistant (VRA) is an amazing tool that touches people’s hearts. It integrates an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Artificial Intelligence (AI) based communication technologies, and advanced automation.