10 ways the world of recruitment is changing – right now!

Last week I was honoured to present a keynote address to the RCSA National Conference in Hobart.

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In that speech I laid out 10 trends that I believe will impact the recruiting profession and which we need to factor into our strategies and business planning.

  1. Expectations of clients are rising and will continue to rise. Clients want insights, not just résumés. They want better service. They want specialist level consulting advice. And they want it faster and
  2. Clients and talent are savvier, more discerning, and more sensitive to quality. Right now, publicly listed recruiters are reporting rising revenues and profits. But at the same time we see increasing numbers of small recruiters going into liquidation. Big firm or smaller player,
    clients will not accept the second rate, the cumbersome or theold-fashioned.
  3. Employers will continue to aggressively build their in-house capacity to recruit staff. Clients will develop corporate in-house recruitment teams, build recruitment technology, enhance employer branding, and use social media. And all of these will be used to cut recruiters out of the process. It’s a major issue for our industry and we have to offer something measurably different to be seen to be providing value.
  4. An increasing majority of vacant jobs will not be advertised anywhere. Forget web advertising vs. print media. More and more jobs just won’t get announced at all. Networking, social media, and skilled, specialised recruiters will fill most jobs before they ever hit the mainstream media. That has huge implications for us in the way we develop business, access talent and make the match. And also for the skill-set of our recruiting staff.
  5. Talent will become smarter and wiser to the way our industry works. They will be far more discerning about the recruiter they work with. They will take charge of their job search and of their employee brand. Technology has made things so much more transparent for job seekers and the pathway for them to connect with employers is now wide open, potentially leaving third-party recruiters out in the cold. This raises massive questions around the way we engage with candidates and our entire talent acquisition strategies.
  6. Reputation and Brand – of recruiters – will become our most valuable asset. And we will not be able to influence brand via traditional PR and media anymore, because social media is so viral, so transparent and so powerful, that your business can be destroyed or made by it at
    lightening speed. Our brands are being defined by the voices of strangers.
  7. Referrals will become the primary sourcing channel for all levels of positions. Not print, not job boards – but word of mouth, reputation, networking and referral programs.
  8. Customers’ loyalty will become key. And by customers I mean both clients and talent. Churn and burn will not work. We need to retain what we have, and develop it intelligently and consistently.
  9. On top of all this, there will be increasing pressure on price. Clients will not pay the same for what they used to get.
  10. To sum it all up, yesterday’s “delivery” market will become tomorrow’s relationship market with both clients and talent.

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Comment by Thyaga on September 4, 2010 at 9:37am
Greg, you have brought up an excellent topic for discuss. I can clearly see this trend in our client base.

The recruitment service models have not changed in decades. As a result hiring clients constantly trying to look for other cost effective options including trying-out few in-house attempts. Some of them have delivered successes, but they have been mostly random. The recent downturn was 'the straw that broke the camel's back'. Clients have become highly cost conscious and very selective in giving out their requirements to agencies.

Most traditional agencies and their engagement models are not suitable for the current recruitment scenarios. The market shift is here to stay. It will be painful for most agencies if they can't innovate and get creative in what they can offer to hiring clients.


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