The field of recruitment was once fixed—decades passed when hiring managers had complete control over a straightforward process that defined vacancies, posted job openings, screened candidates, and discussed job offers.
However, the development of disruptive technologies led to business models being turned on their heads, changing the way people and companies alike approached work, employment, and how they fit into everyday life.
Through these changes, as well as the rapid digitalization covering all kinds of industries, recruitment has evolved into a more employee-centered process, recognizing that their success leads to the company’s successes, too.
This means that your top priority should be adopting these new and innovative skills, strategies, and tactics to get ahead of the competition and better attract top recruits.
Staying competitive in 2022 will require recruiters and HR professionals alike to elevate themselves through these skills of the future: people analytics, a firm grasp of advanced HR technologies such as AI recruitment tools, automated employee onboarding systems, and the like, critical soft skills like communication persuasion, and adaptability, business and financial acumen, workforce planning, recruitment marketing, decision-making and risk-taking, executive presence, conflict management, and cognitive flexibility.
For the HR of the future, data plays a big role in providing a significant edge in a variety of aspects. Making educated guesses as opposed to shots in the dark allows you to objectively evaluate employees and candidates to engage them and grow their skills efficiently.
Data also allows you to address the company’s needs better, align the workforce strategy to the business objectives, and remain competitive with the rest of the industry. It also provides the foundation for addressing staffing problems and even anticipate future trends as the industry changes.
Finally, the right data and analysis allow you to better attract and retain top talents through effective marketing techniques that best communicate the brand’s identity to the right people. In addition to this, the use of technology to automate and make the recruitment process more efficient plays a significant role in keeping ahead.
Being familiar with how these automation tools, AI recruitment software, and many more will help you strategize with your team and the company on which options will best suit your recruitment needs, all while giving candidates a more streamlined and transparent hiring experience.
Finally, despite the future moving closer to automation and the use of AI, the human aspects of recruitment remain incredibly relevant. Being a great communicator, and a persuasive one, at that, can make all the difference in effectively managing people.
An executive presence—one that stands out and is compelling—is key to implementing and enforcing changes to recruiting strategies and other workplace concerns. Meanwhile, conflict resolution and decision-making require excellent communication, both as a speaker and as a listener, as well as the keen ability to make judgment calls while holding yourself accountable for the results of your decision.
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Being able to balance the multiple roles and responsibilities that HR professionals have to take on, from managing people to strategizing in the workplace, is crucial to staying ahead.
Check out the infographic below for a more in-depth perspective on these crucial skills that will help you take the lead in 2022.