When it comes to recruitment you cannot just stand still and wait for someone to pop into your office with a stellar resume. You must keep up with the latest trends, keep an eye on the competition, and develop effective strategies for hiring and retaining the best hires. In order to get quantifiable results, you must first develop an effective strategy, in addition to periodic recruiting goals. By establishing goals, you’ll be able to stay better informed on what needs to be done to achieve those and stay on top of your game. While 2018 has just begun, it’s never too early to implement some of the goals you should consider to drive away major recruitment challenges.

You must first learn to understand that the recruitment process doesn’t end the moment you hire someone. You must work to keep the candidate engaged and on the job. This is because employee turnover can be quite expensive. When you lose a new hire you’re back to square one. If you want to increase retention rate in your company, there are a few things you can do.

Your number one priority should be increasing the quality of your hiring assessments. You must also increase the amount of time your team spends on assessing candidates during interviews. The more you communicate with them over what life would be like at your company the better they’ll have an idea of what is expected of them. Misaligned expectations is one of the most common reasons why new employees quit.

One reason why candidates reject job offers is long recruitment processes. They either lose interest after some time, accept another offer, or decide that your company isn’t fast enough as they should be. This is the last thing you want the perfect candidate to think. Create good lines of communication with candidates and keep them in loop of where they are in the hiring process.

Always make sure the job postings are accurate enough to filter out unqualified/overqualified applicants. This will help you save more time in screening through a set of resumes in your inbox. The saved time can be spent in developing and nurturing the future talent pipeline, and developing potential step up roles in the company.

We all know the benefits of fostering a diverse workplace. Don’t let diversity goals just be a meaningless tick on your list of recruitment goals for 2018. Give workplace diversity the attention it deserves in your organization.

In order to improve diversity at your workplace, you must create a strategy for hiring. This includes making strong connections with organizations and people that support diverse workers, and widening your talent tool. You must also examine your recruitment process for unconscious bias. Write a diversity mission and remove any barriers that may be preventing you from achieving it.

It cannot be difficult to get bogged down with repetitive task or overload with application. Investing in recruitment software that can help you streamline the process by keeping track of applications, sending emails, scheduling interviews and accumulating data. The software will also help in automating candidate screening from a pool of applications by removing anyone who doesn’t have the required skills or experience.

Whether you’re a recruiter or an HR personnel, there’s always room for improvement. A well-defined strategy only works well with measurable, quantifiable and achievable goals. You must review your strategies from time to time. And of course, you must also invest in a reliable applicant tracking system to review your recruitment goals along with your day-to-day operations.

Artificial Intelligence

AI – now that’s one word we’ve been hearing throughout 2017. In 2018, AI will expand into our corporate lives, making our professional lives easier.

For starters, AI can help reduce recruiter biass when selecting candidates. It can be programmed to specifically focus on a candidate’s skills rather than their demographic, race and age. Moreover, it will allow recruiters to focus on the more important aspects of their day-to-day operations.

In today’s age, talent acquisition technology powered by AI has helped reduce the time in sourcing quality talent for hiring managers. Recruiters who put time and effort in learning AI technology will be able to up-skill and at the same time increase their productivity. This will thus lead to better quality hires.

Telecommute

According to a 2015 survey from FlexJobs, 85% of Millennials would prefer working from the comfort of their home. Startups have turned to hiring remote workers, allowing them to telecommute full-time. Using augmented reality technology and videoconferencing, people can now talk to one another, whilst sharing live feedback on projects. There’s no denying the fact that telecommuting brings plenty of benefits. It removes people from distractions at work, and significantly improves work-life balance.

While telecommuting isn’t for everyone, it can seriously affect the well-being of an individual. Make sure you weigh the pros and cons before allocating telecommuting to certain staff members.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous learning is on the rise as more HR leaders recognize the need to train their employees. When it comes to learning, there should be no expiry date. For any professional, it’s important that they continually develop their skills and knowledge. This will help them to adapt to any changes in their role and the company.

Gone are the days when companies used to rely on their university education to get them through their career. One should always be looking to enhance their skill set. It will pay off and benefit in the long-run.

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