5 Game-Changing Recruiting Trends In 2017 [Infographic]

It’s time to assess our recruiting wins and losses and to look towards the recruiting trends of the new year.

There are three major themes I believe will shape the recruiting trends of 2017.

The improving economy: Recent economic gains have translated to increased job openings going hand in hand with decreased unemployment. These gains have created a candidate-driven market that will make competing for talent even tougher this year.

Innovations in recruitment technology: Hiring volume is predicted to increase in 2017, which means time-constrained recruiters need better tech tools to enable their success. This year, look for advances in recruitment tech that will automate or streamline parts of the recruiting workflow that were previously difficult or impossible to do.

A focus on workplace diversity: As companies are starting to recognize the social and financial benefits of having a diverse workforce, the ability to attract qualified diverse candidates will become a sought after competitive advantage in 2017.

Here are 5 game-changing recruiting trends in 2017 summarized in an infographic below.

recruiting trends 2017

Recruiting Trend #1: AI for recruiting

AI for recruiting is the application of artificial intelligence exhibited by machines – such as learning or problem-solving – to the recruitment function.

AI for recruiting is designed to automate some part of the recruiting workflow, especially repetitive, high-volume tasks.

For example, software that applies machine learning to resume screening to auto-screen candidates or software that conducts sentiment analysis on job descriptions to identify potentially biased language.

Why AI for recruiting will be one of 2017’s game-changing recruiting trends

The explosion in AI technology is disrupting industries spanning from medicine, transportation, consumer goods, and software.

With the growing emphasis on HR data and analytics, employers will be looking to upgrade their recruitment tech to become more efficient and competitive, especially technology that promises to measure quality of hire.

Recruiting Trend #2: Increased hiring

LinkedIn’s 2016 recruiting survey found that 56% of talent acquisition leaders say their hiring volume will increase in 2017.

Why increased hiring will be one of 2017’s game-changing recruiting trends

If the recent economic gains continue in 2017, a renewed focus on hiring and recruiting will mean recruiters are busier than ever and competition for talent will become even tougher.

As it becomes harder and harder to compete for candidates, techniques to attract candidates such as recruitment marketing and a focus on candidate experience will become table stakes in the new year.

Recruiting Trend #3: Workplace diversity

Workplace diversity is defined as understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, as well as differences in personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases.

A Glassdoor survey found that 67% of active and passive job seekers said that diversity is an important factor when considering companies and job offers.

Why workplace diversity will be one of 2017’s game-changing recruiting trends

While workplace diversity (or the lack thereof) gained a lot of attention specifically in tech companies last year, increasing diversity became a mandate across all industry sectors.

A recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 57% of recruiters say their talent acquisition strategies are designed to attract diverse candidates.

As companies start to recognize the social and financial benefits of workplace diversity as a competitive advantage, we’ll see more recruiting teams use strategies to reduce unconscious bias (e.g., blind hiring) in order to attract diverse candidates in 2017.

Recruiting Trend #4: Mobile recruiting

According to LinkedIn, 72% of active candidates have visited a company’s mobile site to learn about career opportunities and 45% of candidates have applied to a job via mobile. Yet only 13% of companies are adequately investing in mobile recruitment.

Experts believe the next innovation of mobile-first technology will involve the use of voice recognition and AI tools that further enhance the user experience.

Why mobile recruiting will be one of 2017’s game-changing recruiting trends

These days, we do everything on our phones: shop, look up information, watch videos. It only makes sense that we should be able apply for a job on our phones too.

Mobile recruiting is finally gaining momentum as recruiters are starting to demanding mobile functionality from their ATS and other recruiting technology.

In 2017, we’ll see less friction on the candidate’s side with “one-click” job applications becoming more common and the ability to send your resume from your phone.

Recruiting Trend #5: Talent rediscovery

Talent rediscovery is the ability to automatically screen candidates who applied for a previous role at your company and match them to a current open req using your ATS resume database.

Why talent rediscovery will be one of 2017’s game-changing recruiting trends

For high-volume roles, recruiters receive more than 250 applications on average. Once these resumes enter an ATS, however, the majority of them are never looked at again.

The ability to quickly, easily, and accurately screen the resumes of past applicants for a current open req has long be desired by recruiters.

With recent advances in resume screening technology, this type of talent rediscovery is finally possible. Although this technology is brand new, I believe it will become one of the most popular recruiting trends in 2017 because it solves such a widespread problem in recruiting.

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Ji-A Min

Ji-A Min

Head Data Scientist at Ideal
Ji-A Min is the Head Data Scientist at Ideal. With a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Ji-A promotes best practices in data-based recruitment. She writes about research and trends in talent acquisition, recruitment tech, and people analytics.
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