2020 ushered in many changes for companies and their employees around the world. This year, companies rushed to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic as it fundamentally changed the way that people conduct business. Many companies did not survive. Others must continue to rapidly evolve in ways that will allow them to remain competitive and thrive in an increasingly difficult environment.
Workers vacated office spaces to work at home and committed to working exclusively online in the spring. Out of necessity, people worldwide have moved to virtual interactions.
Now that people are more familiar with Zoom, Slack and the like, we’re more likely to consider videoconferencing not just as an adjunct technology but as a real replacement for in-person interactions. The need to socially distance for the immediate future has caused many to embrace virtual interactions and consider them perfectly suitable for everything from interviews to doctor’s appointments.
Employers and employees have taken note of this fundamental shift in how we live life and conduct business. This shift to online interactions will inform many of the recruitment insights discussed below.
As companies weigh their options on the best ways to stay afloat and succeed in this economic climate, virtual and automated processes will continue to play a significant role in recruitment processes.
Based on our research and observations throughout 2020, employers will likely rely on these top five recruitment trends for 2021:
- Accelerated Shift of Offline-to-Online Recruitment Processes
- Rise in Recruitment Process Automation
- Increase in Global Talent Sourcing
- Investment in Candidate Experience
- Employer Branding focused on Company Adaptability & Resilience
After a brief look at each recruitment trend, you’ll see how their impact has been felt throughout the recruitment process during 2020. You’ll also see how and why these recruitment predictions will likely accelerate in 2021, as well as what you should do to stay ahead of each recruitment trend.