Recruiting in the 21st Century: Trends for 2017 And Beyond

The recruiting process of the 21st century is worlds away from the recruiting process of the previous century. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest trends in recruiting and what professionals can expect of recruiting trends in 2017 and beyond.

Technology Training

Prior to the 21st century, when people weren’t as dependent on technology, recruiters didn’t have to worry about whether their potential candidates were proficient in the latest technology. Today, however, not only do recruiters have to make sure their candidates have a good grasp on technology, they have to train potential candidates in any area of technology where they may be lacking. In fact, many 21st-century recruiters hire experts in cloud computing to integrate cloud applications, mobile devices and social media.


Further along the lines of increased technology, today’s recruiters have to be more globally minded than in years past. If a company, for example, has offices in other countries, it’s up to the recruiter to hire and train the staff abroad. What’s more, a stateside recruiter has to make sure that potential hires understand that if they go to work for an international company they may be recruited to work for another part of the company outside the United States.


Over the past 20 years, the definition of diversity has changed tremendously. The so-called “changing face of America” has made it so that the default standard is no longer white, middle class and male. With that diversity, however, comes a change in recruiting approach. Race — and culture — play an important role in everyday life, and if recruiters wish to get the so-called “diversity” hires, they are going to have to change their approach tremendously.

These are just a few of the many trends that have emerged amongst recruiters in the 21st century, and there’s no question that these trends will play an ever-increasing role in hiring new candidates beyond the 21st century. What have you, as a recruiter, noticed as an emerging trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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