In 2021, CXR partnered with RecruitWorks Institute to hold candid conversations with a dozen talent acquisition leaders. In those talks, we discussed the impact of the pandemic and social justice events on recruiting within their organization. A longer article on our findings is available here, and we’re excited to highlight some takeaways:
In emerging from 2020 into the ultra-competitive hiring market of 2021, most organizations we spoke with had shifted more effort toward employer branding, messaging, and value propositions. In addition, with the heavy burden of the pandemic weighing on job seekers, recruiters worked to deepen their connection with candidates instead of simply amassing large talent pools.
The impact of the pandemic on college and early career recruiting was clear. The rise of remote internship programs broke down borders, providing recruiters with more access to HBCUs and HSIs. Internship cohorts saw a welcome increase in women and people of color. Standing in college gymnasiums may be a thing of the past – at least as the primary method of college recruitment.
Almost overnight, recruiting and onboarding processes switched to fully remote. The slowdown of 2020 allowed organizations to prioritize technology implementation and automation within the recruiting and onboarding process. With technology and automation in place, organizations have been armed with more data to help predict, meet, and analyze hiring goals.
Check out the full article here. A huge thanks to the talent acquisition leaders who took part in this project.