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5 Recruitment Trends to Watch Out For This 2021


In 2020, gigantic shifts in recruitment that would have taken years to emerge as modern recruitment trends happened in a span of weeks.


For instance, the preference for virtual recruitment has drastically spiked during the pandemic. 54% of applicants from the Gen Z group will not go through the whole application if they know that the employer’s recruiting methods are outdated. 46% of these candidates have also applied for jobs using only their phones.


Remote work is also here to stay. A research on talent acquisition teams reveals that 84% of them are honing their recruitment processes to suit a teleworking environment.


Today, those changes have a ripple effect in shaping the recruitment trends in 2021. To help you stay afloat and seamlessly adapt to these changes, here are data-driven recruitment trends that are reshaping the face of talent acquisition worldwide.

Trend 1: Flexibility - an asset before, an essential now

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, flexibility has taken centerstage in business survivability with internal mobility increasing by 20% year-on-year. This rings true for recruitment teams who can gain the upper hand in significantly reducing time-to-hire this year and increasing the quality-per-hire by partnering with recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers.


Some of the top activities and processes that recruitment teams have successfully outsourced include:

  1. Resource planning – More accurate forecasting of staffing needs with additional recruiters provided by the RPO partner to meet high-volume hiring or project-based hiring demands.

  2. Job marketing – Expanded reach through job boards, social media, networking, and referral programs.

  3. Assessments – Your RPO provider can help you in filtering your candidates better through assessments that verify their core competencies and ensure cultural fit.

  4. Employer branding – Attract and impress your target candidates as your provider aligns your recruitment material and processes with your company values and identity.

  5. Candidate experience – If you’d like to focus better on sourcing and interviewing candidates, you can leave the onboarding and arranging pre-employment requirements to your RPO partner.

Trend 2: Investment in recruiting technology soars higher

The role of technology in your recruitment strategy is now more important than ever.

Lockdowns and limited mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic severely restricted face-to-face interviews with candidates, but some companies were still able to find and hire new talent through digital means. In an international survey, two-thirds of businesses have successfully used virtual recruitment tools and processes to source, interview, and onboarded their new hires.


The use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) from Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and communication tools have also been proven to reduce time-to-hire. A case study showed that pre-recorded interviews helped a company screen twice as many candidates in less than half the average time, saving them up to $1,000 per candidate.


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Trend 3: Recruiters need to upskill and reskill as job requirements evolve

Typically, small businesses tend to merge their human resources and recruitment functions into one team. Structuring a “lean” HR department will be a common goal among companies who are looking to save more this year.


The drive to adapt to their customer’s changing needs will also cause more businesses to pivot, creating demand for new roles and skillsets that these organisations weren’t looking for previously.


These factors shape the need for recruiters who can do more beyond talent acquisition and management. This all-new hybrid recruiter needs to have the following skills:

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Trend 4: Remote working improves talent reach and performance

In 2020, most companies reported that