- LinkedIn released its Small and Mid-sized Business Recruiting Trends 2017 report that highlights the important updates that recruiters need to know as they traverse the market.
- Among the top takeaways from this report is the increasingly influential role that recruiters have at the executive table. Additionally, 2017 will focus on how much candidate quality matters, how branding fits into the picture in a growing mobile world, how automation will affect candidate screening for better diversity, and what companies should focus their branding on in order to attract outstanding candidates.
- The good news is that more than half of all small (59%) and mid-sized (54%) businesses said they expect their hiring volumes to increase in 2017, meaning recruiters will have to hustle to bring in the best candidates.
The LinkedIn report validates what others are already saying about the coming year — things are going to continue to look positive for hiring, but recruiters will be ever-challenged to come up with ways to leverage strong corporate brands to reel in the best of the best talent.
It's also clear that HR and recruitment pros are gaining a place in the decision-making aspects of the companies they work for because leaders understand their value. Smaller hiring teams that have streamlined systems will have the advantage over larger, less-structured hiring teams in terms of speed of hire, but can they provide appealing career opportunities for top-tier candidates? Something to watch as 2017 nears.