It’s easy to see how the recruitment industry has changed since the era of applying for a job in person.
Nowadays we’d think it’s old-fashioned to circle a job advert in a local newspaper because it reflects a different time and a much different generation.
That being said, even over the past few years, talent acquisition and recruitment have changed significantly.
Modern recruitment systems have changed the way contractors, job seekers, and recruitment agencies engage with each other and with future job opportunities. Now, more than ever, keeping up with the times is important.
With that in mind, here are five examples of how the recruitment industry continues to evolve and how you can keep up-to-date with the changing recruitment process
1. Cut down on manual applications
Gone are the days of complex and manual recruitment processes. There are faster, simpler ways to apply for roles you are interested in.
Job seekers want to be able to apply for jobs from the comfort of their couch. Recruitment companies have technical systems and databases that allow you to do just that. Manual processes may be involved in getting onto their systems, but even that is being streamlined.
The recruitment process is speeding up, not slowing down. This means that you need to work with the systems that are in place. Creating a profile in each system may be time-consuming, but it will be well worth it when you get that interview.
This doesn’t mean that potential candidates can take a passive attitude to this process. Job applicants still need to tailor their information to the jobs they apply for.
2. More visibility for roles you’re qualified for
These advanced digital technologies help recruitment firms quickly search through new applicants and existing candidates in their database.
They are better able to match the required skills you possess to the job requirements to ensure they pair the right candidates to the right job.
The beautiful thing about these systems is that they allow you to update your profile and edit your existing details. This allows your information to be more visible to recruitment consultants filling vacancies in your particular sector.
3. Increasing contract assignment
Studies find that the global freelancer and contract worker market is experiencing sustainable growth year over year. Pair this with rising demands for highly skilled individuals, and you can see how the recruitment industry will continue to change.
Available contracts may not even be in the same country as you are. Many jobs don’t need you to be in the office.
You just need to be able to access the relevant information to do the job well. With the rise of dependable systems, remote work is becoming increasingly common.
If that’s the case, the best candidates for the job may not be local to a business, so be clear about your willingness to work from home if that is an option for you.
When you are nearing the end of your current contract, keep in mind that you need to begin the process of looking for your next opportunity. Though technology automates a big part of the process, the responsibility for this still falls to you.
For this reason, building relationships with recruiters as well as other employers in your industry, is vital. Do not underestimate the value of having a recruitment strategy of your own.
4. Diversity in skill
While being a subject matter expert is still highly desirable, diversifying your skillset is becoming increasingly important.
As AI automates many systems, jobs that exist today won’t in 5 years. This doesn’t mean that jobs are disappearing. Instead, it means that they are evolving. New jobs are being created every day, and you need to make sure that you have the knowledge these job roles require.
As companies turn to larger contractor workforces, the importance of increasing your skills becomes your responsibility.
This can take many forms. Continuing education, online courses, and requesting to work on special projects that help you add to your knowledge base.
Education is incredibly important for technical skills, but as a candidate, experience is just as vital.
5. Technology and Artificial Intelligence
From pre-screening videos, automated job board posting, and social media updates to matching algorithms, we can see how far the recruitment industry has changed over the last few decades.
While this may sound like robots are taking over, these tools actually allow recruitment consultants to connect with you faster. All these features speed up the hiring process and work in conjunction to find the best talent to fill specific job vacancies.
Remember, you can still add your personal touch while embracing these changes.
Even though the recruitment process is more automated, the personal aspect will never disappear. It is becoming increasingly important to potential new employees whose job satisfaction often hinges on company values, culture, and office environment
The recruitment industry is invested in doing things differently in recruitment through tech
Through digital advances, Airswift has adapted to meet the recruitment changes our candidates and clients demand.
We have done this through the use of technology-driven platforms that have digitised our business’s core recruitment and contractor management aspects.
As a result, these changes have enabled us to streamline our operations, speed up your career growth and assure long term work sustainability for all of our contractors and candidates.
Our team always loves helping candidates and contractors find roles that are a good fit and will be long-term assets to their careers. Let’s work together to make your career the success it should be.
This post was written by: JC Cornell, Renewables and Growth Marketing Manager