Why Recruiting Has Come to Define the Modern Talent Search

//Why Recruiting Has Come to Define the Modern Talent Search

It’s no secret that the world has changed immensely in the last couple of years. Along with the adjustments we have all made personally, the professional workplace has shifted dramatically as well. As the workplace, the expectations, and the talent itself has changed, the modern search for candidates has become almost entirely dependent on effective and timely recruiting. Here are the main reasons why recruiting has come to define the modern talent search.

The Workplace Is Rapidly Evolving

Just a few years ago, working from home was somewhat of a rarity. Freelancers working on their laptops were the exception, not the norm, and this type of professional was often thought of as someone with very little job security.

Now, thousands of businesses are migrating to a hybrid or fully remote model every year. As the workplace of a company changes, so does the process of adding new members to the team. The task of evaluating a candidate’s skills and experiences, as well as gauging whether they would be a proper fit for the culture of the firm, has become more difficult for employers to handle in a more remote environment.

Recruiters, who have their finger on the pulse of the market, can help alleviate these issues. Because they specialize in screening and sourcing candidates from afar, they can help cut through the noise and simplify the hiring process for businesses who are migrating to remote setups.

Candidate Expectations Have Changed

Moving in-step with the remote work shift is the trend of employee experience becoming a main focal point of the business. In many industries, the view that new hires should “put in their time” in order to “earn their stripes” is rapidly becoming old-fashioned.

Instead, the candidate pool nowadays generally expects employers to look out for, value, and directly address their desires as employees. Younger workers are much more likely to favor and request flexibility in their workflow and scheduling, as well as opt for a firm with a culture that aligns well with their goals and preferences.

As candidate expectations evolve over time, recruiters can help to match qualified candidates with roles that meet their desired criteria with firms that promote a well-aligned culture.

The Hiring Model Has Adapted

With the workforce and its expectations and practices changing, the hiring model has followed suit. Just like many work situations themselves, many companies have adopted a hybrid or fully-remote hiring process.

Virtual interviews via video call, often across time zones or even internationally, are becoming the norm. Especially in the time of the pandemic, the instance of an employer posting a job opening, receiving applications, conducting interviews, extending an offer, and working “alongside” a candidate for months before ever meeting them in-person is now routine.

With these changing models, sourcing candidates remotely and screening them properly has become the name of the game. Recruitment professionals who specialize in exactly this have, understandably, found themselves at the fulcrum of the talent search in modern businesses.

Move Your Business Forward with AAFA

Whether you are searching for the right candidate for your open role, engaging in a job search yourself, or simply looking to learn more and bolster your network, the professionals and resources at AAFA can offer guidance and help. The American Association of Finance and Accounting has over 50 affiliates in the United States and Canada. We believe in networking to provide a better recruiting experience for our candidates and our members. Our affiliates focus on relationships over placements and can help find your next opportunity. Find an AAFA affiliate near you on our website: www.aafa.com.