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Recruiting Trends that Hiring Managers Anticipate in 2017

Recruiting Trends that Hiring Managers Anticipate in 2017

By: Catherine Conlan

Companies that scrambled to hire talent in 2016 should prepare for more of the same in 2017. Growth in several industries, combined with continued low unemployment, is expected to make it tough to fill many key positions.

“Employers will need to position themselves to retain the talent they already have and attract new talent with a top-notch candidate experience,” says Patricia O'Neil Messer, HR business partner and recruiting specialist at Insight Performance in Dedham, Massachusetts.

HR leaders and hiring managers clearly will have a lot on their plate in the coming year. We spoke with HR experts and leaders in several industries about 2017 recruiting trends.  

Heavy Demand in Hospitality, Healthcare, Tech
“The industries that will compete for top talent the most will be hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare and technology. Hospitality recruiters in particular are finding it difficult to find skilled candidates. This would be a great industry to consider for those wanting to make a career change or for students deciding on a course of study.”

—    Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO, Great Resumes Fast, Jacksonville, Florida

“With unemployment rates hovering around 4.6 percent, the expectation is there will be jobs and companies will be hiring in 2017. Healthcare and construction are two specific areas offering opportunities for those looking to learn and grow.”

—    Ellie Eckhoff, vice president, ClearRock

“Our firm expects to see significant growth this year due to the continued demand for accounting and tax planning in emerging companies. The need for consulting professionals is becoming strong, as clients want to work with professionals who understand accounting issues while also looking at their operational needs to help their organization grow.”

—    Jeff Agranoff, chief human resources officer, Grassi & Co., New York City

An Increased Need for Skilled Managers
“While traditionally robust areas such as IT and creative roles will continue to grow, one of the most significant areas of growth will be in management. Baby boomer retirements, along with widespread weakness in succession planning, will drive the need for thousands of people to rise up into leadership roles.”

—    Scott Wintrip, CEO, Wintrip Consulting Group, St. Petersburg, Florida

A Longer Time-to-Fill 
“The current prediction for 2017 is that it may take longer to fill open positions as unemployment continues to hover at an all-time low, especially in our region of Ohio. This also means that many employers will have to increase the costs associated with hiring new employees, as they will have to become more aggressive to attract new hires.” 

—    Brad Stultz, human resources coordinator, Totally Promotional, Coldwater, Ohio

More of a Focus on Development
“An increasing number of executives are recognizing the threat posed by empty jobs. They’re no longer willing to allow their organizations to engage in the old way of hiring: keeping a job open until the right person shows up. Instead, they’re requiring department heads to participate in the new way of hiring: cultivating top talent and then waiting for the right job to show up.”

—    Scott Wintrip, CEO, Wintrip Consulting Group, St. Petersburg, Florida

More Employers Offering Work-Life Balance as a Perk
“There will be a push for work-life balance. Organizations need to establish guidelines that help support this so that not only can they retain top talent but also attract new talent.”

—    Kevin Nakao, head of marketing, TINYpulse, Seattle

“Employees will continue to look for outstanding workplaces with great benefits, including workplace flexibility. Some of the most popular programs are low cost and reachable for even the smallest employers, and programs like flexible work options and casual dress policies are most popular with Millennials and low cost for employers.”

—    Patricia O'Neil Messer, HR business partner and recruiting specialist, Insight Performance, Dedham, Massachusetts