As 2022 comes to a close, hiring managers everywhere are looking to start the year off with top talent. For many, this means rethinking their hiring and recruiting processes as well as taking a look at their current pipeline.

Each year, job seekers and hiring managers everywhere create new goals for the year. For example, an employee seeking a remote work position or a hiring manager looking at how to improve employee engagement.

Today we are going to look at the top four talent acquisition trends that will help you meet and exceed your hiring goals in 2023.

Talent Acquisition Trend 1: Recruiting Strategies

As time progresses, so does the wonder of technology. Utilizing the latest technology can make or break your recruiting efforts. Two of the newest trends in talent acquisition are social media and data-driven analytics.

Social Media

Although social media has been around for a few years, it is necessary to stay up to date on how it is currently being used. This recruiting strategy is popular among hiring managers because it is easy, inexpensive, and fun!

Most platforms are free to use unless you are wanting to boost your postings to a wider audience. In that case, there is a small fee to help spread the word. You can share your job openings, company news, and even occupation information easily.

An example of how employers are making social media fun and functional is to add videos and photographs of employees working or doing team-building exercises. This encourages employees to share the content with their friends and family, which is a fantastic way to get your employer’s brand out in the community.

Data-Driven Recruiting

Sometimes knowing where to begin can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Data-driven recruitment is becoming more popular because it takes the guesswork out of recruiting. One example is that the reports can show how your employees found you. Whether that be through a referral, the internet, or social media.

This type of data will allow you to see what recruiting strategies are working the best and allows you to spend more time in those areas. Maybe social media recruiting is filling all your current positions but you are mainly utilizing referrals and grassroots recruiting methods. Data-driven recruiting would help guide you in the right direction.

Monitoring the data allows you to shift your recruiting efforts as needed because finding qualified candidates is an ever-changing challenge.

Talent Acquisition Trend 2: Automation

The newest trend that has been enhancing both candidate and employee experience is automation.

Candidate and Employee Experience

As we round the corner into the new year, one way to up the game in the hiring process and even employee retention is simply automation. Automation can vary from a scheduled text message asking applicants if they need assistance or a scheduled email to be sent to each employee on their birthday. These basic automation techniques will allow for continued engagement and help to maintain applicant and employee relationships.

Workflow Management

Let automation assist you in the hiring and selection process to save time and enhance the candidate experience. Workflow management allows for software to sort through resumes, send reminder emails to applicants, and even automate the scheduling of interviews. But the software doesn’t stop there!

Nearly 87% of hiring managers do not check employee references. It is now possible to allow the software to check those references for you! Automated reference checking allows a form to be sent to previous employers for them to complete at their convenience.

Interviewing Made Easy

To be a leader in talent acquisition you must be efficient. This can be predicting hiring trends, knowing when the time to hire is, or simply being quick during the hiring process. One last form of automation that is creating successful waves is one-way video interviews.

One-way video interviewing may sound ridiculous – how can you possibly get a feel for the candidate that way? Once a hiring manager decides they want to move forward with a candidate they can initiate a process where a link will be sent to that candidate. The hiring manager can create a video introducing the company, describing company culture, and even explaining their expectations with the interview.

The candidate will receive a list of questions that were prepared by the hiring manager and whenever they are available they can record themselves answering the questions. Once they record the interview it will be available for the hiring manager to view.

This is a great way to avoid scheduling conflicts! The candidate can respond on their own time while the information that is sent to them can be reused repeatedly (the introduction video and interview questions).

Talent Acquisition Trend 3: Internal Mobility

We are seeing a trend shift in how companies hire for positions. Many are now shifting to hiring internally for positions before reaching out and sourcing new talent. What does this mean?

It means that when a position becomes available, HR teams will post the position on the communications boards to allow current employees to view the position. If a current employee is interested in the open position they will be interviewed for the position, usually resulting in them moving into that position. This leaves the position they were in available. If any other current employee wants that position they complete the same process.

If no one wants the open position, then the company will work on recruiting a new outside hire for that position. This has greatly increased morale in companies and also helps with employee retention.

Talent Acquisition Trend 4: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The last trend we will discuss is known as DEI. This stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Although it is being recognized as a “new” trend it has been a hot topic for a while now.

Diversity and Inclusion

Statistics have shown that businesses with a diverse and inclusive workplace have increased productivity and are even more profitable. Many organizations are looking to increase diversity in the workplace which can be challenging.

It can be challenging because hiring managers must be aware of personal biases while searching for highly qualified applicants to add to the talent pool.

Equity vs. Equality

Previously, employees were seeking equality in the workplace. Meaning that each employee has the same opportunities regardless of their individual needs. Now we are seeing a trend where employees are seeking equity. This means that each person is provided with what they need to be successful, even if that means that no other team member will receive the same assistance.

Equity understands that some people may be disadvantaged, or simply have obstacles that others may not experience, and accounts for that difference to promote success.

Set Yourself Up for Success with Discovered ATS

TA leaders must look at top talent acquisition trends to determine if implementing them would be beneficial to their company. A few of the trends discussed today in the automation section can be implemented with the help of Discovered ATS. Book a demo today to experience the software, discover more ways it can benefit your company and goals, and alleviate your hiring workload in the new year!