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Demand for recruiters is up as the role becomes advisory

Source | | Valerie Bolden-Barrett

Dive Brief:

  • Demand for recruiters has grown 63% since 2016, according to a new LinkedIn report. That surge is likely the result of recruiters’ changing role and expanding duties in sourcing talent in a tight labor market, research suggests. In fact, recruiters are increasingly taking on an advisor role in their organizations.
  • A recruiter’s career path is shifting into one that requires business acumen, with one in three recruiting heads coming out of business development, operations and sales, the report said. This means that recruiters will commonly use metrics to track not just actions but also outcomes, including performance ratings, engagement, retention and the quality of talent. They’ll also invest more in technology to attract quality talent.
  • LinkedIn also said recruiters will need new skills, including the ability to engage passive candidates; analyze talent data to drive decisions; and advise hiring managers and business leaders.

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