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Top 15 Recruiting Trends Of 2024

Top 15 recruiting trends of 2024

Recruiting has evolved significantly in the past few years thanks to technological advancements and changing employee expectations. Understanding current recruiting trends is crucial for companies to remain competitive, especially in today’s fast-changing talent market. 

From the adoption of new technologies like AI and automation to the changing expectations of employees regarding flexibility and remote work options, organizations are facing new challenges and opportunities in recruiting.

In this blog, we’ll explore 15 top recruiting trends that are revolutionizing the way companies approach talent acquisition this year. So, without further ado, let’s dive in! 

1. Virtual recruiting

Virtual recruiting was one of the biggest recruitment trends that defined 2020 and 2021. Though it was only seen as a temporary alternative to in-person interviews due to the limitations posed by the pandemic, virtual hiring quickly proved its efficiency. By leveraging platforms such as Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc., recruiters are able to seamlessly conduct interviews, connect with talents around the world, and recruit the best candidate for a position, no matter where they live. What started as a necessity has now evolved into a preferred method for many organizations, and its influence will continue to grow in shaping the future of hiring practices.

2. Remote work

Since 2020, many companies have shifted from in-person to remote or hybrid work models, ushering in a new era of global remote hiring. Recruitment firms have already seen a significant increase in the number of candidates seeking remote work positions, or at least a hybrid system that can reduce their daily commute and provide more time to be with family. According to a report by Buffer, 98% of people would like to work remotely, for the rest of their careers.

Recruiters must remain agile in embracing virtual hiring practices and adapt their strategies to effectively meet the evolving demands and preferences of today’s job seekers.

3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in hiring is nothing new, it remains a popular recruiting trend in 2024. More and more organizations are recognizing the benefits of a diverse workforce and the strong influence DEI practices can have on candidates’ decisions to pursue a job opening in a company. By adopting practices such as blind resume screening and leveraging unbiased AI tools, companies are working towards removing biases from their recruitment processes. This focus on DEI can help companies improve their reputation and attract and engage with top talents with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

4. Chatbots

Chatbots are revolutionizing the way organizations engage with candidates throughout the recruitment process. They allow candidates to learn more about the organization before even applying, reducing the time human recruiters have to spend answering those types of questions. Common questions candidates ask chatbots include questions about the application process, the status of applications, job requirements, benefits and compensation, interview scheduling, etc. They help convert more job applicants and boost the number of candidate leads. Moreover, chatbots enable round-the-clock support, allowing candidates to engage with recruiters at their convenience.

5. Expanded benefits 

In the past few years, recruiters noticed a growing trend with candidates choosing companies that provide expanded benefits. Recognizing the holistic needs of employees, many companies are offering comprehensive benefits packages that go beyond traditional offerings and support employees’ overall well-being. From implementing mental health programs and organizing stress management workshops to offering flexible scheduling options, the focus is on promoting a healthy work-life balance. By offering these extended benefits, employers can not only attract more talented candidates but also foster a culture of loyalty, productivity, and overall satisfaction among their teams. 

6. Empathy

Empathy can play a huge role in hiring, and recruiters can gain valuable insights by putting themselves in the shoes of the job applicants. Candidates often get ghosted by recruiters, even if they have passed the first interview. Incorporating empathy into the recruiting process for all candidates will leave potential employees with a much better impression of the company. In addition, when recruiters take the time to understand the applicants – their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives – they can build deeper connections with them, resulting in stronger relationships. Thus, by embracing empathy, recruiters can create a more personalized and human-centered approach toward hiring that sets their company apart from the competition.

7. Recruitment marketing

Recruitment marketing is about incorporating conventional marketing strategies into your hiring processes. In today’s competitive job market, companies are implementing various marketing tactics to identify, attract, and nurture top talent. From crafting compelling job descriptions to creating targeted campaigns across various digital platforms, the main aim is to showcase the unique culture, values, and opportunities offered by organizations. Recruitment marketing strategies also involve using data analytics for tracking and measuring the effectiveness of different marketing channels, allowing recruiters to optimize their efforts and allocate resources strategically. Thus, by embracing recruitment marketing, companies can enhance their visibility and appeal to job seekers, and attract talented candidates who align with their values and vision. 

8. Internal recruiting

Companies are beginning to rely on internal recruiting as a way to identify talented employees for higher-level positions. It enables companies can tap into the unique skills and experiences of their workforce, while also reducing external hiring costs and time-to-fill for positions. Internal recruiting can include initiatives like promoting job openings internally, upskilling workers to prepare them for new roles, shifting part-time workers to full-time roles, etc. This not only improves employee engagement and loyalty but also enhances organizational knowledge retention and productivity, ultimately contributing to business success and giving your company a competitive edge. 

9.  Employer branding

Almost every job applicant researches and learns about an organization’s reputation and brand before applying for a position. So, companies are beginning to recognize the importance of investing in employer branding. Branding focuses on building a positive reputation and fostering a strong employer brand that resonates with potential candidates, current employees, and other stakeholders. This can be done by implementing consistent messaging across all communication channels, showcasing employee testimonials and success stories, offering competitive benefits and perks, etc. Additionally, actively seeking and acting on employee feedback helps in continuously refining and strengthening the employer brand.

10. Social recruiting

While phone and email remain the most used recruiting tools, social recruiting is rapidly gaining traction among recruiters. Yes, using LinkedIn for recruiting is old news by now. However, recruiters are broadening their scope and making use of other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to find high-quality candidates and try to appeal and market to them. According to a CareerArc study, over 90% of companies use social media for recruitment, and more than 80% of job seekers use social media to find jobs. Thus, by tapping into the power of social media and showcasing company culture through engaging content, recruiters can effectively attract top talent and build a strong employer brand presence.

11. Project-based hiring

Companies are increasingly turning to hiring contractors/freelancers for specific projects, allowing them to access niche skills and expertise on a temporary basis. Project-based hiring offers organizations the flexibility to scale their workforce as needed, without the long-term commitment or costs associated with traditional hiring. This flexibility can be an important asset for companies, especially in changing market conditions. For candidates, project-based contract jobs offer opportunities to work on different projects, expand their skill sets, and maintain autonomy over their careers. As more and more professionals embrace remote working, this trend will become the next new norm for many organizations worldwide. 

12. Tailoring recruitment strategies for Millennials and Gen Z 

Millennials and Gen Z make up the largest part of the global workforce today. Thus, tailoring recruitment strategies to these two generations is crucial for businesses. Recognizing their unique preferences, expectations, and values, companies should adapt their recruitment approaches to appeal to younger candidates. This can include leveraging social media platforms, like Instagram and TikTok, to showcase company culture and job opportunities in a visually engaging and authentic manner. By aligning recruitment strategies with the preferences and aspirations of these generations, companies can effectively attract top talent and future-proof their workforce for the years ahead.

13. Predictive analytics

Predictive analytics in recruiting involves analyzing past and current data to forecast future outcomes related to recruitment, such as candidate performance, retention, and hiring success.  This enables recruiters to identify patterns, trends, etc., that may not be apparent through traditional methods, allowing them to make more informed decisions about which candidates to prioritize, which recruitment channels to invest in, and how to optimize their hiring processes for better outcomes. Predictive analytics also helps organizations anticipate and mitigate potential risks and challenges, such as high turnover rates or skill shortages, by proactively addressing underlying factors before they become problematic.

14. Data-driven recruiting

Data-driven recruiting typically focuses on analyzing existing data to optimize current recruitment strategies and processes. By collecting and analyzing data at different stages of the recruitment lifecycle, from sourcing candidates to onboarding, organizations gain valuable insights into candidate behaviors, preferences, and performance metrics. It also allows organizations to track and measure key HR metrics such as time-to-hire, cost-per-hire, and quality of hire, enabling them to identify which parts of their hiring strategy work well, and which parts need improvement. This way, HR & recruiting teams can optimize their recruiting processes, allocate resources more effectively, and make evidence-based decisions to enhance overall recruitment performance.

15. Automation

Automation is becoming increasingly important to the recruitment process, with tools like Human Resources Management Systems (HRMS) transforming how recruiters manage candidate relationships and track applicants. HRMS improves the overall recruitment experience by streamlining tasks such as resume handling, interview scheduling, and tracking recruitment progress for both parties involved. Automation also enables recruiters to provide a more personalized experience for candidates, improving engagement and satisfaction throughout the hiring process. By embracing automation, organizations can not only reduce hiring time but also minimize manual errors and bias, ultimately driving better recruitment outcomes.


And that’s a wrap! These recruiting trends will help streamline and optimize your overall hiring process by improving productivity and reducing bad hires.

Organizations that stay on top of these trends and adapt their recruiting strategies accordingly will be well-prepared to attract and retain the best talent, ensuring a competitive edge in today’s competitive job market. Explore more future-forward hiring strategies in the Philippines in our blog here.

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Aswatha R

Aswatha is a passionate content writer at APEX Global who loves to add value to people’s lives through captivating words. With a flair for creativity and an eye for detail, she brings a fresh perspective to everything she writes. When not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book, enjoying a movie, sipping on coffee, or grooving to music.

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