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Trends Candidates Should Consider in 2017

By Stephen Abbott on PeopleCorner – Powered by PeopleScout

As usual at this time of year it would be remiss of us not to take the opportunity to look back over the year and pull out some of the trends that we’ve seen amongst our clients and candidates. I am based in Australia so we’re gearing up for a hot, summer break full of beaches and cricket (a bit like baseball but you can go for 5 days with no winner…), but I’m pretty sure that my colleagues around the world have been seeing similar things, albeit with different weather systems…

Employee Referrals continue to rise:

Pretty much all of our clients have some sort of employee referral program, and we actively encourage them to make the most of it.  Every study that you can find calls out employee referrals programs as one of, if not the, best source of hiring for companies.  Referred candidates are more engaged, stay longer and are more productive.  So, if you are looking for a new opportunity, draw up a shortlist of companies and work out who you know that works there.  The power of social networking makes this pretty easy, and for the price of a beer (or a coffee) you can pick their brain on what it means to work at that company. If you’re not a naturally sociable person, just remember that if your contact refers you and you get the role they may qualify for some sort of bounty on the hire. It can be a true win-win…


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