Latest Trends in Executive Staffing
Posted by Variety Staffing
Recruiting and retaining good employees is a challenge for today’s businesses. Since companies depend on their talent to grow and succeed, they must continuously seek out the best candidates to join their organization. This, of course, takes time, which is why many companies align themselves with a trusted recruiting agency.
As technology continues to advance, the way that qualified candidates are sought out and hired changes. If you are currently looking for individuals to fill executive roles within your organization, it’s important to be aware of the latest trends in executive staffing. Let’s take a look at what these are.
Everything is Digital
Before LinkedIn and online job applications were the norm, they were seen as supplemental to a paper resume and interview. Today, every aspect of the search and hiring process is done online.
Job searches are conducted online. Applications are filled out and submitted online. Even interviews take place via Skype or video conferencing. Resumes still exist, and many recruitment agencies request to have them on file. Yet we’re moving in a direction where a digital resume is living, breathing online activity rather than a list of past job experiences.
Innovative tools like social media and big data will continue to provide insight as to which candidates are most qualified. Things like participating in online communities, personal interests and even lifestyle habits will play a bigger role in the hiring process.
In the end, businesses want to know that the person they’re about to hire doesn’t just meet the basic requirements but will also be a good fit for the company environment.
Job Seekers Want Fast and Easy
Job seekers know that they have a variety of ways to take advantage of new opportunities. Many align themselves with executive search companies to be matched with potential jobs that fit their skills, interests and qualifications. If a potential employer takes too long to respond or acts disinterested, the person will move onto another opportunity.
For employers, this is important to realize because talent has become a huge selling point. If you come across a person who has the talent and experience you’re looking for, act on them quickly. You can always work out the details later.
Passive Candidates are an Untapped Market
A third trend in executive staffing is connecting with passive candidates. As new generations enter the workforce, it will become clear that their idea of the search and hiring process will be very different from the generations before them. Many are “passive” candidates, meaning that they are open to new opportunities but aren’t actively searching for them.
Executive staffing agencies must work to engage these generations in new ways, such as by going through social media profiles and online portfolios to identify top talent. Being proactive is what will help recruiters single out some of the best candidates.
It’s imperative that you take advantage of the tools that are available to you, including social media and data analytics. This will help you identify individuals who can be a great asset to your company. That said, when the time comes to actually hire someone, put technology aside. Nothing can replace human instinct.