3 Recruiting Trends that will Continue to Grow

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As we approach the halfway mark of 2018, we’ve researched the top 3 recruiting trends that will continue to grow for the remainder of the year and beyond.

Mobile for all.

It’s no surprise that mobile devices have impacted the recruiting industry, what IS surprising is that there are now more mobile devices than there are people on the planet. According to Glassdoor, 89% of job seekers say their mobile device is an important tool for job searching and 45% use it to search for jobs at least once a day. That’s nearly half of all job seekers! If you’re a company struggling to hire talent, take a look into your mobile application status. Already, 48% of job seekers believe mobile devices will be the most common way to search for jobs within two years.


A study shows that over 50% of the work-force would take self-employment over a full-time desk job. This has to do with the flexibility and work-life balance one is able to accomplish with having a self-employed position. For the remainder of 2018 and beyond, more and more companies will accommodate flexible working hours and remote positions to avoid losing employees to a self-employed gig. Let’s face it, we’ve already discussed that mobile devices are everywhere, technology is making it easier to achieve daily tasks from anywhere with WiFi.

It is predicted that the talent acquisition role will expand to proactively manage internal and external networks of talent.

Agility over Experience

According to Aaron Hardy, Product Manager at PageUp, “chances of living to 100 have increased from 20 million:1 to 50:1 in low-mortality countries. Longer lifespans, amongst other trends, make it critical to shift from the idea of people having single lifelong careers to a portfolio of experiences, and a shift from linear progressions in organizations to matrix career progression. Hiring people who can adapt quickly to the changing face of technology and rapid economic shifts will be critical for recruitment strategies in 2018 and beyond.”

To build a sustainable high-performance culture of engaged, innovative and creative people requires a shift in emphasis beyond hard skills to learning agility. In response, 30% of CEOs are changing their talent strategy to focus on skills and adaptability in their people and 78% of CEOs have altered their talent strategies to support the employment structure and skills needed for the future.

Here in June of 2018, we are reminded that technology is growing at a rapid rate. Everyone has a mobile device, everyone wants flexibility in their schedule, and more people are changing career paths at a frequent rate, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

We’ll check back in later this year for the 2019 recruiting trends.

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