Coming into the New Year with renewed optimism, we reflect on the good and bad that the last year has brought. As job seekers, it’s important to recognise that the process of recruitment has undergone numerous changes due to the continuing pandemic. 

Posing a tremendous challenge and pushing businesses around the world to fundamentally rethink their approach to human resources, one might even say that 2021 was nearly as difficult as the year before. Though we were already deep into the pandemic, the unexpected nature of the scenario managed to reshuffle the workforce deck once more.

Clearly, the new normal that we expected to see in 2021 did not materialise. And the business sector had no other choice but to be more adaptable to change than it had ever been. In many countries, employees have gone back to work and into lockdowns on multiple occasions throughout the year — negatively impacting company performance.

Because of this, developing and maintaining a distinguished work culture became critical, in addition to hiring the right individuals for such an interchangeable and primarily remote environment. Given that the enterprises were obliged to climb back on their feet following a disastrous 2020, having a staff on board that could carry such weight and assist the organization in overcoming problems became quite imperative.

So, what can we expect in terms of recruitment this year based on the long-term trends that emerged in 2021?

1. Continued adoption of hybrid work

After a year of remote work, and as the vaccination campaign spread over the world, the limitations began to lift, and employees were free to return to their workplaces. However, the majority of them did not want to — at least not fully. Since 2020 demonstrated that businesses can have their complete workforce work remotely, it’s becoming more difficult for them to persuade their employees to return to the office full-time.

Desire to work remotely: a factor in The Great Resignation

This preference to work remotely has been one of the reasons for The Great Resignation  — which describes how a large number of people are leaving their jobs as life begins going back to normal. Resignation rates are said to be highest among mid-career employees and those in the technology and healthcare industries.

The Rise of Hybrid Work Setup

In response, to this, the hybrid setup was born. 

Currently, it appears like everyone is working “hybrid.” Most employees seem to appreciate the new schedule of working only a couple of days at the office while working from home the rest of the week. 

Based on recent job requirements, which have seen an increase in the demand for workers with remote work experience, we can only conclude that remote work is here to stay. 

As a job seeker, it is worth noting how companies position themselves in the coming year to see how a particular job would be a good fit. Is the company planning to work in a completely remote or hybrid environment, or will you be required to report every day onsite? 

2. Global talent acquisition & focus on diversity

Increasing recruitment marketing efforts has been a hot topic in the last year, and it’s only going to get hotter in the coming year. As a result, recruiters have expanded their search for hard-to-find talent not just locally, but all over the world.

How The Great Reshuffle Affects You

It’s a coping mechanism that could have been spurred by The Great Resignation. The Great Reshuflle is basically a reorganization of talent — a natural result of our workforce’s learning and growth being accelerated.

As The Great Reshuffle turned towards skills-based hiring, companies realised that location, work experience and completing a degree program aren’t the only ways to gain necessary skills. Broader talent pools are required, and organisations must be more precise in their job descriptions about the skills required for each post. Insights from LinkedIn even cite that the share of managers hired without a 4-year degree has increased 20% since 2019.

Tackling Diversity Issues

Without a doubt, the issue of diversity and inclusion is sweeping the globe. Even while firms have previously misrepresented the workplace as diverse and inclusive, events surrounding racial and gender equality movements forced them to do better. Mistreatment of racial or gender minorities has become so damaging to businesses’ image that the majority of them now have proactive measures in order to avoid it.

The idea of learning to reduce personal prejudices arose as interest in establishing a more inclusive and diverse workplace grew. Bias training and other types of educating employees to become aware of their biases and strive to reduce them are becoming one of the first steps toward a more diverse workforce. Furthermore, because bias is difficult to eradicate totally from one’s thinking, technology is increasingly being developed to aid us in this endeavour. Finally, it’s a popular belief that the HR industry will develop in the coming year in the direction of finding a way for recruiters to have technology aid them in repetitious and bias-sensitive jobs.

As the workforce is becoming more globalized, you may think that it can only mean one thing: increased competition. Nonetheless, because worker rights are now more protected and respected, it also opens up a world (literally) of opportunities for you. The important question, therefore, becomes: how skilled are you?

3. Reliance on HR technology & automation

Obviously, with a remote working environment comes remote hiring. This necessitates a greater reliance on technology. As a result, recruiting technology, regardless of location, has become more important than ever. Recruiting technologies aided in the formation of a cohesive remote workforce in a number of ways:

With technology, recruiters’ efforts have become more centralised; the process is now more streamlined, and online infrastructure for hiring excellent personnel is provided via recruitment tools. For job seekers, it’s critical to understand how each recruitment tool, chatbot and other AI technology works and how it assists you in each of the recruitment steps.

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