According to the most recent LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends report, the biggest trends set to change how recruiters hire are:

  • Diversity: the new global mindset
  • Candidate assessment tools: newest ways to identify top performers
  • Data: the new corporate superpower
  • Artificial Intelligence: your secret workhorse

The annual report, published last year, surveyed over 8,800 recruiters and hiring managers from 39 countries to better understand these trends and help recruitment teams prepare their strategies. Artificial intelligence is the one trend that recruiters can tangibly use to transform the hiring process.

Real Links is firmly aligned with these trends with it’s referral platform which uses AI & automation to select the best candidates from employees’ networks and match them with roles at a company, rapidly increasing the speed and effectiveness of the traditional referral scheme. The fact that potential candidate profiles are anonymised for recruiters until the candidates apply, helps to root out unconscious bias in the hiring process and is a valuable method to implement workplace diversity.

Artificial intelligence is at times seen as a threat to existing positions in the job market, and although this may be true for some sectors, for recruiters in Human Resources the prospect of having a secret assistant that has indefinite stamina and assured dependability should be exciting and attractive.

Allocating the more administrative duties of collecting and going through CVs and profiles to AI, recruiters gain the opportunity to spend more time sourcing, screening and nurturing potential candidates. As one of the newer trends, we are only just learning its capabilities in transforming sectors for the better. While AI can replace much of the process, only 14% believe it will eliminate recruiters’ jobs. AI is simply a tool being used to generate more meaningful time for the recruiter and eliminates the jobs that clutter the process.

Jon Addison, Head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn UK, commented “Over the past few years, hiring talent has become a repetitive, and sometimes transactional, process. But there is a shift happening, and these emerging trends are helping to elevate recruitment to a more strategic profession that focuses on the most important and gratifying parts of the job – the human part and thinking critically about how to win the right talent. It’ll be a keen finger on the pulse with these trends that will help recruiters stay alive in our ever-evolving market.”

Taking advantage and capitalising on emerging technology is the best way to ensure longevity and efficiency. Artificial intelligence and automated tools are some of the most creative and innovative solutions that have come out of the tech world and should be utilised by recruiters all over the sector to help them increase the speed and quality of their hiring capabilities.

If you would like to find out more about how Real Links is using artificial intelligence and automation to improve traditional referral schemes please contact sales@reallinks.io