5 Recruitment Trends to watch out for in 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

1. Technology plays an even bigger role in the hiring process. 

The reality is that technology–and social media platforms in particular–are already playing a role in most companies’ hiring processes. According to Spark Hire, 94% of recruiters plan to use social media to recruit talent.

Additionally not being on LinkedIn can be detrimental to your search. Employers and recruiters regularly search LinkedIn’s database of information for people with relevant skills sets and experience pertaining to their requirements for open positions.

2014 may just be the time for the next big young-person's app, which will likely be career-related. Perhaps LinkedIn will get cooler or a new competitor aimed at 17 to 25 year-olds will emerge.

2.    2. Training, extra qualifications and references become increasingly important

Looking at a subset of HR managers, 51 percent said they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. Forty-six percent said these positions go unfilled for three months or longer.

Companies have come to realise that if they wait for the perfect candidate, he or she may never come, so they’re putting more emphasis on training and development to help shrink the widening skills gap.Nearly half (49 percent) of employers plan to train people who don’t have experience in their industry or field and hire them in 2014, up 10 percentage points over last year. Twenty-six percent of employers are sending current employees back to school to get an advanced degree – and covering all or some of the expense.


3.  3.  References become increasingly important

Though many people treat their reference list as an afterthought, it is of the utmost importance. Your résumé will get an interview, but it’s the report your references provide that will win you the job in a close race with other qualified candidates.

Hiring managers generally have a surplus of eligible candidates and will take the time to carefully examine candidate’s credentials. It has become critically important that your reference list is considered, with full contact information, and presented as a matching and professional addendum to your résumé.

4.    4. Demographics in the workplace are shifting. 

Many people in upper-level management are “boomers,” meaning they are now hitting retirement age. This means more employment opportunities on lower levels as mid-management moves up and their jobs (and entry level positions) open up.

5.    5. Recruitment on the Increase, Unemployment on the decrease

The business lobby group's annual employment survey showed that more companies expected to create jobs than those who did not in the next 12 months. It also pointed to a brighter outlook for graduates and a pick-up in apprenticeship schemes and said the rise in permanent jobs was outstripping growth in temporary jobs.

The survey of 325 companies, which employ a total of more than a million people, found that with 51% are expecting their workforce to be larger in 12 months' time - the most buoyant outlook since the recession hit in 2008.

To contact the Cream Personnel about recruitment send an e-mail to enquiries@creampersonnel.co.uk  or call 01782 261552.

Working from offices in Stoke on Trent Cream Personnel is a name that is synonymous with recruitment in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Established in 1973 we have become the first choice Recruitment Agency for job seekers and employers throughout the region.



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