Best of the Year: Our Top 7 Blogs of 2021

The last year was a memorable one for the staffing and recruiting industry, to say the least. Trends like the Great Resignation, hybrid work arrangements, and distributed workforces continued to redefine the world of work, making for another eventful 12 months of learning and adaptation for every talent procurement professional.

As eager as everyone is to say goodbye to a challenging year, we thought it could be beneficial to take one last look back. To reflect on the lessons learned and recruiting challenges overcome, we’ve collected blogs that resonated the most with recruiters this year. Read on for our top insights from 2021.

1. The Great Resignation: Persuasive Tactics to Convince Companies to Adapt

For many of our readers, the Great Resignation was the topic that defined their year. The pandemic resulted in widespread self-reflection and a reassessment of values and priorities for many employees, who are now quitting their jobs at rates never seen before. Companies are eager to avoid losing workers during the Great Resignation, but leaders are often hesitant to make the organizational changes necessary to retain their top talent. Many executives are eager for a return to the office culture and traditions that defined their business before the pandemic, but that is unlikely to happen for everyone. 

Although employers remain slow to permanently embrace remote work, flexible schedules, and other changes instigated by the pandemic, their hesitancy can make attracting candidates difficult. This blog summarized  strategies that staffing and recruiting firms can use to help their clients adapt to a new era of work and appeal to current and prospective employees.  

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2. Talent Curation: How Recruiters Can Get Ahead of the Competition

Amidst the Great Resignation, competition for talented workers is as high as ever. Making hiring processes quick, efficient, and respectful is essential for organizations to stay ahead, whether they are hiring for full-time or contract employment. 

Recruiters with solid talent curation strategies that optimize hiring processes will be the ones capable of attracting top talent for their clients during widespread labor shortages in skilled professions. In this blog, we reviewed what good talent curation should include. We also consider some specific technologies and strategies recruiters can use to win the war for talent.

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3. Tips for Recruiters: How to Craft LinkedIn Messages That Get Responses

If used correctly, LinkedIn can be a great recruiting tool. It makes it easier than ever to build professional networks and connect directly with candidates. Unfortunately, many recruiters are not making the most of the platform. The messages they send potential candidates are not effective, and their response rates are not reflective of the time spent on outreach.

Solid LinkedIn strategies will become more important as recruiting and hiring processes continue to rely more on virtual spaces. This blog revealed the secrets to crafting messages that candidates will want to respond to, building the foundations that can lead to authentic connections and relationships. By following these steps, recruiters can connect more efficiently and consistently with candidates over LinkedIn.

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4. Nationwide Rural Sourcing

Workforces are less bound to geography than ever before. As remote work proliferated in the wake of the pandemic, so too did the strategy of nationwide rural sourcing.

Outsourcing work to other countries was a common distributed workforce practice long before the pandemic. Nationwide rural sourcing combines many of the benefits of international outsourcing(i.e., lower labor costs, larger talent pools, etc.) with the benefits of a domestic workforce, like increased security and better communication. This blog explored how organizations that implement a nationwide rural sourcing strategy can save money, gain workforce flexibility, and diversify their talent pipelines.

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5. How to Build Out your Diversity and Inclusion Hiring Strategies

Workers value employers with solid diversity and inclusion strategies, and employers are increasingly looking to implement them. Two out of every three businesses now consider diversity and inclusion policies as one of their top priorities, and they are seeking recruiters who have the skills and knowledge to help them successfully integrate these policies into their talent procurement processes.

Do you have clients looking to bolster their diversity and inclusion policies? In this guide, we outlined how to identify biases affecting hiring decisions, make job postings more accessible, track the success of diversity initiatives, and more.

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6. Seven Advantages to Remote Workers that Your Clients will Love

Many employees are reluctant to give up the benefits of remote work arrangements that followed the pandemic. They have experienced no commutes, more time with family, and flexible schedules. Sixty percent of workers who began working from home now do not want to return to the office.

Generally, employers have been less receptive to remote work than employees. But is remote work good for companies as well? From larger talent pools and reduced office expenses to happier and more productive employees, this blog looked at the many ways organizations can benefit from permanently embracing the remote talent revolution.

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7. Strategies for Re-Recruiting Existing Staff

An organization’s workforce is often its most valuable asset. With the Great Resignation driving a shortage of talent, recruiting strategies should emphasize looking inward to reconsider how to retain the talented workers already on board. 

You can call this strategy re-recruiting. It takes many aspects of the initial recruiting process and applies them to ongoing employee engagement through informational interviews, performance reviews, assessing job satisfaction, and developing strategies that allow workers to grow their careers towards their goals. This blog reviewed what re-recruitment can look like in action.

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2021 was another year for the history books in the staffing and recruiting industry, and 2022 is shaping up to be eventful as well. We look forward to being there with you every step of the way, sharing industry-leading expertise and insights for a rapidly changing talent procurement sector.

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