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Recruiting Trends in 2020: Tactics You’ll Want to Sharpen Up On


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YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone, and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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Recruiting with flexibility

A competitive hiring market means offering perks to employees, including one that’s increasingly prioritized by job seekers: flexibility. According to a survey conducted by the International Workplace Group, 80% of respondents said they’d choose the job offer that came with flexibility over the one that did not. Furthermore, 85% of businesses responded that productivity actually increased in their workplace due to more flexibility. Offering flexibility as a job perk, i.e., allowing employees to work some time from home and other hours at the office, can help you gain an advantage versus businesses offering positions that do not include flexibility. Flexibility, of course, can depend on the type of job and technology involved and is most suitable for employees who can work remotely via their laptops.

Hiring outside your target market

The shortage of workers who are traditionally qualified for specific jobs means employers will continue to look outside their traditional target markets. This means hiring will not necessarily be based on the prior job experience but based on the candidate’s potential for growth and the ability to be trained on the spot. Employers will also need to look for skills they think will help prospective employees easily adapt to the responsibilities of the job – otherwise known as transferable skills. Transferable skills can include things like dependability, strong communication skills, organization, adaptability, and leadership.

Video recruiting

Video has been increasingly used by organizations in their recruiting processes to convey what tasks the job entails and to showcase the organization’s culture, mission, and values. The use of video can help organizations speak to prospects remotely, record interviews for feedback from other team members, and assess personality traits.

Collaborative recruiting

Building your business through networking and current co-worker connections is a great tactic that can bring quality team members to your organization. An employee referral program that provides incentives to employees who recruit people they know can be highly beneficial to both employer and employee.


Technology is becoming increasingly more capable, and digging through each resume manually is becoming a thing of the past for large organizations. Automation can help facilitate candidate screening, interview scheduling, and skills analysis.

The takeaway

While we can’t predict the future of the economy, we can guarantee this: Recruitment will be defined by innovation and technology — and the organizations that embrace both will have greater success at recruiting the right employees for the long haul.

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You can view the full original article by Angela Harder / Director of Consulting at CorTalent, at: