RecruitWorks Institute: The Pandemic’s Impact on Recruiting

In 2021, CXR partnered with RecruitWorks Institute to hold candid conversations with a dozen talent acquisition leaders regarding the impact of the pandemic and social justice events on recruiting.

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.

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Chris Hoyt

Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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