President & CEOLainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Hiring trends change just like the weather. There is always a new “it” thing happening or a latest movement to follow in order to keep in line with the job market. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiring for an administrative assistant or a high level CEO. The rules are the same. However not all hiring trends are created equal. Some are short-lived and not worthwhile to implement, while others may just be the thing to boost your recruitment. This applies to both staffing agencies and corporate firms.
The following are 5 hot hiring trends that should be considered in your recruiting methods as you move into 2019.
1. Polish up your interviewing processes.
The more efficient your interviewing process, the better-quality of administrative job candidates you retain. Traditional in-house interviews are not going anywhere, at least for now. It’ll be difficult to replace that gut instinct you feel when meeting applicants face-to-face. However, 2019’s hot hiring trends call for a speedy, inclusive, and unbiased interview regime. Consider adopting software programs that help to revamp and standardized your interview process. Or, try to develop a web-based application and skills assessment that’ll help weed through the numerous resumes and applications that you receive. This will, in turn, bring the top-qualified in all categories such as Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist and Office Assistant applicants to the forefront.
2. Have a strong and appealing online presence.
It is today’s norm that job seekers research companies online before applying to job openings. Therefore, you must ensure that your online presence appeals to a wide range of job candidates. Evaluate your firm’s website and social media profiles to ensure they accurately represent your company’s mission and corporate culture. If you are not confident that they do, invest in an expert to do an overhaul. You’ll see a return on your investment in no time.
3. Be mobile friendly.
In today’s world, people are constantly on the go and rely on their mobile devices to keep in touch while on the move. Mobile devices are used for everything nowadays, even to search for office work. So, staffing agencies should keep up with the times and make their website and all applications mobile friendly. This will allow the job agency to obtain a greater number of job applicants and increase their chances of securing top-talent administrative employees.
4. Be prepared…AI is on the move.
AI is part of the hot hiring trends on the rise in 2019. The development and implementation of automated systems and processes will turn HR recruiting and employment agencies on their head. Artificial Intelligence is set to make the applicant assessment and selection processes more efficient for recruiters. Additionally, AI will significantly speed up hiring methods, ensuring that you procure your top-talent employees before they tire of waiting for an official start date.
5. Offer work flexibility.
Job candidates seek employers who respect the work-life balance. There has been quite a shift from traditional office practices to more modern methods, including the ability to work remotely. With options like this becoming more popular, top-talent administrative candidates will come to expect incentives like these to be included in a job offer.
If you have any questions about administrative recruiting and hiring, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at our New York City office 212-244-2777.