Posted on March 14, 2013

Top 5 Hiring Trends for 2013

Hiring was more stable in 2012 than it has been in the past few years. As employers continue to hire at a faster pace, they can expect a widening gap between the skills their businesses need and the skills of their applicant pool. If this is the case, alternative recruiting methods will continue to rise in popularity. Here’s a closer look at five top trends in hiring.

1. Hiring stays stable
Throughout 2012, hiring was stable and positive. Intern, temporary and contract hiring increased more so than in past years, and surveys showed an increase in the hiring of interns and college graduates. In 2013, employers can expect job creation incentives from federal and state governments to influence hiring trends.

2. Employers struggle to fill positions
49% of organizations had a difficult time filling mission-critical positions, especially technical positions such as IT professionals, engineers and nurses. Most commonly, important roles were not able to be filled due to a lack of applicants, lack of experience and applicants wanting more compensation. According to SueAnn Naso, hiring expert and President of Staffing Solutions Enterprises, “The competition for talent is going to continue to tighten as we head in 2013.” Read more about the talent pinch.

3. New hiring methods are on the rise
As hiring increases and employers face a shortage of skills in the applicant pool, recruiters are using new hiring methods. These include leveraging data and analytics to link hiring assessment to the bottom line; using case studies, work samples and other behavioral interviews as opposed to traditional interviews; increasing usage of virtual interviewing, and screening applicants’ Facebook profiles—although this last practice is not advisable as it has come under legal scrutiny.

4. More recruiters are using social media
In a 2008 SHRM survey, only 34% of U.S. organizations reported using social media as an alternative method for recruiting. That number has now risen to 56%. LinkedIn is the most common social media platform used by recruiters, followed by Facebook and Twitter.

5. Background checks are subject to more regulation
The EEOC has released updated guidance on the appropriate use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. The purpose of the new guidance is to prevent employment discrimination based on criminal status. Read more about the essentials of background checks.

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Source: Employers Resource Council