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How recruiting staff has changed in 2021

When businesses were forced to conduct communication in the digital realm last year the recruitment process followed suit and it looks like many of the changes brought in are here to stay.

It is predicted that virtual recruiting will become the new normal. It is seen as cost and time saving. It allows even small businesses with less resources to spend on recruitment drives able to reach a wider range of candidates who, with remote working looking set to stay for many, can be based anywhere in the world. This allows for much more diversity in companies and less carbon footprint.

Part of this new recruiting direction is the rise of social media in the process. 79% of job seekers now use social media when they search for a job and candidates are likely to share their experiences with companies on social media too.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking over many of the more mundane tasks involved in the recruitment process. It can determine who actually gets to see a job advert in the first place, scan through CV’s from a large number of applicants to rank them and run auto video interviews to ensure the same set of questions is asked for each candidate. Chatbots are able to contact possible candidates to check availability for an interview by text, email or even messenger apps and can be set up to answer applicants’ frequently asked questions.

There is also a shift towards skills offered by applicants rather than experience being a top consideration. New skills are needed in a more digital age with strong communication skills, ease with technology and a flexible, adaptable approach to work seen as important. 

However, employers are realising that external recruitment is not always necessary. Internal recruitment is on the rise. It is expected that employees will receive training to be able to shift between different projects depending on business needs.