We include developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.

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Boon for Talent

Automation helps top talent become more valuable.

Automation will help to promote, not eliminate, top talent, according to 67% of staffing professionals polled by staffing industry software provider Bullhorn. Artificial intelligence could relieve talent of tasks that don’t add value such as scheduling and screening so they can focus on their relationships.

exitMass Exodus?

US workers are more willing than ever to test employment options.

Companies may have to replace one-fourth of their staff by the end of the summer, according to Spherion Staffing’s 2017 Emerging Workforce Study. Twenty-five percent of workers plan to look for a new job sometime in the next three months and 35% plan to do so sometime in the next year.

2_13_Front_170708.inddContinuing Education

Lifelong learning essential to improve employability.

Lifelong learning is considered essential to increasing employability and avoiding unemployment, according to Randstad’s second-quarter Workmonitor survey. Globally, 86% of respondents said they need to keep learning in order to retain and increase employability. The percentages ranged from 97% in Mexico to only 39% of the respondents in Sweden; in the US, 89% agreed with the premise.

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Word of Mouth

Temps nearly as likely to be referred to staffing firm by friend as headhunted.

Temporary workers are almost as likely to find their staffing agency through the referral of a friend or colleague as they are by being directly recruited, according to new research by Staffing Industry Analysts. Thirty-one percent were recruited directly by their staffing agency, while 26% said that a friend or colleague recommended the agency to them.

2_13_Front_170708.inddHiring ABCs

Steps to ease the hiring process.

Finding the ideal candidate for every single position is far from easy. To increase the effectiveness of the recruiting process, you and your clients should consider the following:

Job descriptions. A thorough and comprehensive job description will help you identify the ideal candidate. Establish a library of such documents so when a need arises, you are ready to get started.

The application process. Technology has provided a range of options for people to connect with you. Adopting these opportunities over an old-school process will improve your reputation and help you establish yourself as an innovator. An application button right on your website is a good idea. The same applies to enabling people to contact you via alternative channels like LinkedIn.

Interviewing. The top candidates are busy. If you make them go through a cumbersome recruitment process they’ll likely give up on you.

A preliminary interview and a second one in the presence of the respective department head will usually be sufficient to hire. It’s also a good idea to offer people remote interviewing options. Live streaming is a great idea for everyone involved and it demonstrates your flexibility right from the start.

Communicate. Get back to everyone you’ve seen, including those who didn’t make it. Providing a bit of constructive criticism and encouragement will set you apart and help you establish a stellar reputation.

A continuous process. Keep track of top talent via social networks like LinkedIn. Follow their posts and career development. If you see that a person you’re interested has left their previous job, you may want to get in touch. Such opportunities will arise every now and then and you can accomplish a lot by seizing them at the right time.

Source: A 6-Step Strategy that Will Simplify Your Recruiting Process,” by Alicia Clarke, a writer and blog editor, TopAussieWriters.