4 Recruiting Trends to Watch for 2022

4 Recruiting Trends to Watch for 2022

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1. It’s (still) a candidate’s market

With the economic recovery in full swing, the job market has bounced back from layoffs and downturns in the previous year.  And recruiters are feeling the stress of that switch. Employees are leaving their current roles in search of things like remote flexibility, better benefits, and a stronger commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) 

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1. It’s (still) a candidate’s market

from companies. In fact, 59% of recruiters said their organizations have experienced increased turnover since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. With a short supply of qualified workers and a high number of open positions, candidates are enjoying the power to choose employers based on who best meets their needs and aligns with their values. 

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2. Challenges in recruiting

The increase in hiring activity, higher candidate expectations, and shortage of qualified talent in the market have taken a toll on recruiters in 2021.  Not surprisingly, 65% of recruiters reported that their stress levels have increased at least somewhat since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.  Recruiters are pressured to fill 

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2. Challenges in recruiting

roles quickly with qualified talent, but the right candidates are in short supply – and they’re being wooed by competitors with sign-on bonuses, remote work, and good benefits. Current hurdles in recruiting include a lack of qualified candidates (47%), employer competition (40%), and requirements for in-office work (33%).

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3. Improving recruiter efficiency with automation and AI

Even with new stresses and challenges, recruiters are adapting to changes in the market by being agile.  Agility brings improvement to key recruiting metrics like time-to-hire, quality-of-hire, and cost-of-hire.  This year’s Recruiter Nation Report showed that in order to compete for top talent in a 

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3. Improving recruiter efficiency with automation and AI

candidate’s market, improved efficiency is the name of the game.  And recruiters are using automation and AI software for more recruiting processes in 2021 than the previous year. Recruiters use these tools to source, screen, schedule, and chat with candidates during key times in the hiring process. The 

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3. Improving recruiter efficiency with automation and AI

most popular tools among TA teams? Automated texting and chatbots.  In fact, 60% of recruiters believe that texting is an effective way to engage and communicate with candidates, and 51% report that their organization uses chatbots in the recruiting process.

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4. Priorities for recruiters

Around 78% of recruiters reported that their priorities have shifted over the past year. So, where are TA teams now focusing their efforts? Here are the top priorities for recruiters over the next 12 months. – Improving quality-of-hire: (48%) – Improving time-to-hire: (28%) – Increasing retention rate: (26%)

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4. Priorities for recruiters

– Growing talent pipeline: (25%) – Updating recruiting technology: (21%) – Improving diversity: (18%)

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