2018 Recruiting Trends Remote Jobseekers Need to Know

2018 recruiting trends

Are your tactics for applying to remote jobs out of date? Every year, recruiters use more automation technology to find and qualify new talent. Learn more about these and other 2018 recruiting trends as well as how they affect you as a telecommute jobseeker.

2018 Recruiting Trends Remote Jobseekers Need to Know

As technology advances and improves the remote workspace, employers find ways to leverage technology to make the hiring process more efficient. Here are five recruiting trends that are changing the way telecommuters are vetted and interviewed.

1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technology’s ability to perform tasks in a human-like manner. Machine learning is a form of AI where technology receives information and is left to make sense of it and learn for itself.

In recruiting, software applications gather and compile information about workers and run algorithms to determine which workers meet each job’s requirements. The software applications perform human-like functions and attempt to evaluate jobseekers automatically.

Why AI and Machine Learning Are Recruiting Trends

AI makes talent acquisition more efficient and helps recruiters avoid hiring biases and employment discrimination. Recruiters are often inundated with resumés, so it helps to have a tool that prequalifies candidates, catalogs information, and ranks applicants according to a set of criteria.

What AI and Machine Learning Mean for Jobseekers

Many recruiters use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to process resumés and other materials. ATSs extract candidate data from uploaded resumés and online application fields and reorganize the information into a database. For example, ATSs identify resumé sections like “Work History” and look for specific content components, such as job title and employer. ATSs also make applicants searchable by keywords, just like a Google search engine.

Problems arise when jobseekers use nonstandard section headings or complicated formatting on their resumés. ATSs can’t always figure out what do to with unexpected information and may render such resumés incorrectly. Misread resumés may decrease the searchability of the applicants and assign them a low ranking. Thus, recruiters miss out on perfectly qualified candidates due to technology inaccuracies, and jobseekers miss out on potential employment opportunities.

How Jobseekers Can Adapt to AI and Machine Learning Recruiting Trends

To ensure your resumé gets into an ATS correctly, choose a simple format with standard section headings and consistent use of font, font size, bold, italics, bullets, and spacing. Save any fancy versions for email or in-person submissions.

To increase the searchability of your resumé within an ATS, add targeted keywords naturally throughout the document. For example, digital marketing specialists may want to include keywords like “online sales,” “conversion rate,” and “Google analytics” throughout their resumés in anticipation that recruiters will search for such terms.

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2. Data Analytics

Data analytics refers to the process of collecting, organizing, and modeling data to uncover useful information and draw conclusions. Data analytics software tools give recruiters the ability to evaluate candidates more thoroughly with details beyond submitted application materials.

Why Data Analytics Is a Recruiting Trend

The primary goal of recruiting data analytics is to help employers to make better hiring decisions. The more data recruiters have, the more accurately they can evaluate candidates. Although experts find that hiring for cultural fit is becoming less important than hiring for skill or diversity, recruiters want to gauge a person’s work personality, hobbies and interests, and employment trends to supplement resumé information.

What Data Analytics Means for Jobseekers

For jobseekers, increased use of data analytics tools means that recruiters pull public information from multiple online sources, such as social media, websites, blogs, and whatever shows up in Google search results. Therefore, jobseekers need to manage and monitor their online presence carefully to ensure they are represented accurately.

How Jobseekers Can Adapt to Data Analytics Recruiting Trends

To protect personal information that you’d rather not share with recruiters, adjust the privacy settings on all your online profiles. Google search your name (and location if you have a relatively common name) and evaluate the results. Scan the videos, images, and news results as well to check for unprofessional content.

To establish a professional and consistent online image, update your LinkedIn profile regularly. Consider commenting on professional blogs or creating your own blog related to your occupation. You may also want to build an online portfolio to showcase some examples of your work.

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3. Virtual Reality Interviews

Virtual reality is a computer environment that simulates real-world experiences. Users typically wear a head-mounted device that covers the eyes and displays a virtual scene. Users may also have handheld devices, computers, or even a full body suit to manipulate the virtual environment.

Why Virtual Reality Is a Recruiting Trend

Virtual reality systems allow recruiters to qualify candidates based on real-time work performance simulations. Employers can program scenarios and observe applicants’ thought processes, tool utilization, and decision-making skills.

What Virtual Reality Means for Jobseekers

Virtual reality interviews go beyond the standard “tell me about a time” qualifiers. Applicants who are asked to participate in such interviews need to prepare themselves for challenging situations. Recruiters may want to observe your everyday process, but they may also want to test you in emergency situations or during conflict. Also, your behavior and outcomes can confirm or invalidate qualifications and skills listed in your resumé.

The technology used to create the virtual reality interview should be simple enough for a wide range of users, but some preliminary training and orientation may be necessary. However, jobseekers may feel fearful or distracted by the technology, especially unfamiliar devices.

How Jobseekers Can Adapt to Virtual Reality Recruiting Trends

To set realistic performance expectations, don’t exaggerate or lie on your resumé. Recruiters may lose trust in your ability and integrity when your performance doesn’t align with your application materials.

To create the best experience possible, take a deep breath and approach the situation calmly. Before the interview, jot down a general problem-solving strategy that you use in your daily work. Having a systematic way of handling problems means you can treat any situation the same way. Therefore, you don’t have to plan for specific scenarios and can confront unexpected occurrences more confidently.

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4. Job Auditions

Just as actors need to audition for a role, more employers are incorporating job auditions as a core component of their hiring process. Unlike virtual reality interviews, which create computer-generated simulations of a work environment, job auditions use real-life, real-time resources to evaluate candidate performances.

Why Job Auditioning Is a Recruiting Trend

Since jobseekers tend to “perform” during interviews, rather than reveal their authentic selves, more employers are asking applicants to demonstrate performance via job auditions. Job auditions give recruiters more information about applicants and put resumés to the test. Employers stage possible conditions and observe how applicants respond, perform, leverage their skills and knowledge, and resolve situations. Auditions give recruiters a more realistic view of how well candidates match the job requirements and add value to the organization.

What Job Auditioning Means for Jobseekers

As auditions become more popular, jobseekers are tasked to demonstrate their skills instead of merely stating them. Thus, job auditions can level the playing field and give applicants a chance to rise above their resumés. Plus, candidates are sometimes paid to perform job auditions, especially if their outcomes are actual work products that the company will own and use.

How Jobseekers Can Adapt to Job Auditioning Recruiting Trends

To have a positive audition experience, approach the situation with genuine interest, eagerness to learn, and determination to succeed. If your audition involves collaboration with others, resist feeling threatened by the presence of other candidates and focus on working together to create a fantastic outcome. Make sure you practice a general problem-solving or work strategy before the audition, just as you would for virtual reality interviews, so that you can systematically tackle any scenario.

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5. Video Conference Interviews

Video conference software applications can improve the way dispersed teams communicate. Professionals from all around the world can come together for meetings, remote work events, and – as this section discusses – interviews. Examples of some popular video conferencing tools include Skype, GoToMeeting, and RingCentral.

Why Video Conferencing Is a Recruiting Trend

Employers hiring for telecommute positions typically do not require remote job applicants to attend an in-person interview. Instead, recruiters usually conduct telecommute job interviews by phone or video conference. Many recruiters view video conferences as the next best thing to in-person meetings because they allow recruiters to evaluate applicants based on body language, gestures, eye contact, and home office equipment capabilities. Employers who rely on video conferencing for interviews hope to get a more holistic view of their candidates by interacting with them in real-time.

What Video Conferencing Means for Jobseekers

Video interviews require applicants to prepare professional-looking workspaces, dress in appropriate business attire, herd kids and other household members elsewhere, and risk potential technology malfunctions.

Additionally, video interviews can potentially lead to employment discrimination, much like in-person interviews can. When recruiters interpret your gender, skin color, age, haircut, and facial expressions, they may unintentionally associate personal biases with one or more of your characteristics, include those that have nothing to do with your application or previous work performance.

How Jobseekers Can Adapt to Video Conferencing Recruiting Trends

To adequately prepare for a video conference interview, clean up your desk and the surrounding environment. Take a snapshot of where your camera will point to identify any background items that require removal or modification. Test the video conference software, if possible, to work out any audio and connectivity glitches.

To have a smooth interview experience, forewarn household members about the meeting and lure them outside or as far away from your location as possible. Sit comfortably with good posture and relaxed shoulders and arms. Be sure to look into the camera, not the computer screen, to give the impression of eye contact.

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