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Anyone in the recruitment game will know how fast the sector tends to move. As a result of this, recruiters have to stay constantly abreast of the latest trends in order to get hold of the best available talent.

With the internet constantly expanding and social media connecting more and more people, it’s easier to keep an eye on new developments while still maintaining the right amount of focus on your core responsibilities - namely, finding the right person for the job!

But what are some of the latest trends in the industry at the moment and how can you use them to your advantage?

Higher demand for IT specialists

It’s no secret that the world is becoming more technologically advanced everyday, just look at Apple and the rate at which they come up with a new iPhone! But as technology develops, so too must the calibre of people that run and operate it.

Now that the economy is starting to recover, businesses will be hungry for growth and in order to achieve this they will need a solid IT infrastructure in place.

Recruiters will be used to seeking out IT talent, but it’s something that could become more prominent as the year goes on. It may mean that more focus has to be placed on strategies to recruit high calibre candidates.

The use of big data

According to Ere.net, 2014 will be the year big data starts to play a big part in recruiting.  This will be coupled with the emergence of ‘predictive metrics’, a phenomenon that allows people to see what’s about to happen in the industry.

When the two ideas are combined it will give recruiters the ability to identify the very best candidates out there, even if they aren’t currently looking for a job. This data supported decision model could be the future of recruitment, but it’s early days yet.

Candidate change will drive industry change

With candidates changing how they apply for roles, so too must recruiters adapt their techniques, according to Enhance Media. Those who adapt early will reap the rewards early on, but it means embracing the way the digital market has changed the way jobs are searched for by job seekers.

In its research paper ‘Online Recruitment Trends and Best Practice in 2014’, Enhance Media found that 50 per cent of website traffic is a result of candidate job searches and that almost a third of applications now take place on careers websites.

“The multiplicity of social media has inundated the candidates with too much information. Streamlining this data to effectively target relevant applicants with the right skillsets, qualification, experience and level of seniority should be the primary focus area for recruiters,” says Enhance Media.

Mobile platform will grow this year

Again, Ere.net points out that although the mobile platform had its impact last year, 2014 will see its influence grow in recruitment. With so many people using their mobile phones for an increasing amount of tasks, it’s only sensible to assume that the prominence of mobile platforms will continue to grow in recruiting also.

Ere.net believe that “A multitude of startups will continue their development of a variety of recruiting-focused mobile phone apps.”

This would suggest that this way of finding candidates will become more and more mainstream as the year progresses.

Engage directly with LinkedIn Groups

In a recent blog post for the Huffington Post, Susan P. Joyce highlighted how jobseekers can use LinkedIn Groups to directly engage with recruiters.

However, she also pointed out that this is a two way street and that recruiters can use this aspect of the social media platform to find talented candidates.

One of the biggest groups is called Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections, according to Joyce. And by being part of this you will be able to see thousands of potential applicants who are currently using LinkedIn to search for work.

As well as this, joining groups that are specifically related to the area you are recruiting in immediately saves you time by putting you into direct contact with people with the skills you’re looking for, making it easier to discover new talent.

What’s more, the group faculty allows you to send a private message to possible candidates, giving you the ability to find out more if you believe they are right for a role you have.

Although the use of LinkedIn for recruiters is nothing new, adding more focus to the use of groups could become a big trend this year as jobseekers look for more ways to actively search for the most relevant roles.