What is the Future of Recruiting?

As we head into 2016, recruiting to build a competitive workforce is more important than ever. Staying on top of trends and the latest studies and surveys that reveal the most effective techniques and practices in recruiting is just as important. The future of work impacts the future of recruiting, and these are evolving now. Imagine what recruiters, candidates, employers, and employees will be doing and where they’ll be working in the next five to 10 years.


Algorithms vs Recruiters

There’s a trend toward automating hiring that we’re getting closer to in 2016. Companies developing software to automate hiring aim to eliminate bias and discrimination in interviewing and hiring, reduce recruiting cost, and speed up time to hire. Gild, Textio, Entelo and GapJumpers use data, business intelligence, blind skills evaluations, and smart sourcing to improve recruiting results while lowering costs. Even traditional search firms like Korn Ferry are starting to use algorithms. Does this mean recruiters’ jobs are in trouble? Not really says Claire Cain Miller, reporter for The Upshot. In “Can an Algorithm Hire Better Than a Human?” she explains that people who study hiring say data is one tool for recruiters but human expertise is still required.


Future Work Skills

The future of work is being shaped by disruptors developing today, and employers and hiring managers have to adapt to these evolving realities. They will need to start looking at new types of skills in candidates and in their workforces. Research by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) shows that extreme longevity, smart machines and systems, programmability, new media ecology, superstructed organizations, and a globally connected world are quickly evolving work and work skills.

People are living longer, our daily lives and activities are more connected and programmable than ever with WiFi and the Internet, and new media is changing how we interact and perceive things. Superstructed organizations are developing from the use of new technologies and social media which have enabled collaboration on a level not achievable before now. Greater integration across geographic borders has created rapidly expanding global connections.

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Recruiters in the near future will be looking for the following skills for the future workforce that these disruptors are prompting:

• Sense making – the ability to determine deeper meanings than what is apparent
• Social intelligence – ability to connect to others on a deeper level for desired interactions
• Novel and adaptive thinking – ability to problem-solve quickly and responsively
• Cross-cultural competency – ease of operating in different cultural settings
• Computational thinking – ease of understanding and use of data
• New media literacy – ease and familiarity with new media forms for communication
• Transdisciplinarity – the opposite of specialization; literacy to understand concepts across disciplines
• Design mindset – ability to design work processes for specific outcomes
• Cognitive load management – ability to process information efficiently and understanding how to use tools to understand and perform work
• Virtual collaboration – ability to work well virtually with others

New Work Environment

Sitting is the new smoking, and the workplace and how we get work done is changing because of it. Technology has a lot to do with how the workplace is changing too, because a lot of work can be done from anywhere, at any time with software, cloud services, and computers and mobile devices. Open offices, versatile seating, virtual work arrangements, mobile offices, and food grown onsite are just a few of the trends evolving a new work environment in response to better health and medical information. Standing desks, bike desks, treadmill desks, and sitting on alternative seating like exercise balls mean no more stationery eight hour days. The development of driverless cars is prompting innovations in how to use the space and time previously spent controlling a car for other activities like work.

Employers, recruiters, and hiring managers today are starting to see the effects of these evolving conditions that are shaping the future of recruiting and work. Recruiting has morphed from phone and newspaper sourcing to the Internet and applicant tracking software to social recruiting and recruiting marketing. The nature of a lot of work performed has changed from manual workers to more knowledge workers.

Are you ready for the future of recruiting and work?

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