2019 will see some game changers in the recruitment space, along with an acceleration and shift of known trends. Globally, sourcing high-quality candidates for key roles will continue to be a key competitive advantage.

Here are some most important hiring trends to watch

1. Talent Relationship Management will accelerate quality hires

Many organizations have bought into the hype cycle of proactive sourcing and adopted Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) software to create and maintain a relationship with candidates, with varying degrees of success. This is no longer enough. The savvy recruiter understands the focus is on talent rather than candidates. Talent Relationship Management (TRM) goes beyond just candidates to encompass contingent workers (external talent networks) and current employees (internal talent pools) in a holistic approach to identifying, engaging and building talent networks.

2. A social recruiting strategy is essential

Candidates are turning to social media in droves with 79% using it in their job search activities. In contrast, organizations have been slower on the uptake. research has found that only 49% of Australia’s largest companies and 40% of US Universities allow candidates to share a job on social media.

3. Agility is prioritised over experience

To build a sustainable high-performance culture of engaged, innovative and creative people requires a shift in emphasis beyond hard skills to learning agility. In response, 30% of CEOs are changing their talent strategy to focus on skills and adaptability.

4. Mobile

There are now more mobile devices on the planet than people. We are prolific users, with the mobile device the last thing looked at before going to sleep and the first thing reached for in the morning. So we can list mobile as one of our recruiting trends for 2019.

5. Artificial Intelligence will impact capacity and skills required

HR teams need to get ahead of the curve here and understand not only the impacts of AI on their workforces, but also the benefit of incorporating new and exciting tools into their workflows, especially for recruitment.

6. The Gig Economy will continue to impact how work gets done

We expect that the dynamics of organizations will continue to change by accommodating new working styles and more distributed networks of talent. HR will have to play an advisory role in supporting their business stakeholders to find the best resources for the job from a variety of sources. We predict the talent acquisition role will expand to proactively managing internal and external networks of talent.

7. Augmented and virtual reality

Candidate attraction and experience will see early innovation with examples including VR workplace experiences, VR assessments, and interactive job advertisements – using AR apps like Blippar, and Wallame.