Your work in human resources actively revolves around recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training. However, a lesser-known task involves keeping up with recruitment trends. The more you know about HR trends, the easier your job can often be. You might also enjoy being able to create a healthier working environment for your team. 

Important Recruiting Trends
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Background Checks for Everyone

Not every business performs background checks before hiring employees. While they might not have been commonplace in the past, consider exploring them. Companies like Diligence International Group offer such services to help businesses make sound hiring decisions. Background checks provide many desirable benefits for businesses, such as: 

  • Hiring the most qualified people for your business
  • Preserving your company’s reputation and image
  • Reducing the risk of criminal behavior, such as fraud and theft
  • Preventing workplace safety issues
    Weeding out unsuitable applicants 

Background checks reveal a range of details about prospective employees, including: 

  • Driving records
  • Employment history
  • Education history
  • Credit reports
  • Criminal record 

Depending on your line of work, you might request all or some of the information above. For example, a criminal check might be important when working with vulnerable groups. You might also request employment history to ensure applicants’ reliability and productivity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) might not be something you’ve considered in the past. Yet, diversity can often be paramount to business success. Prioritizing DEI during the hiring process might present many desirable benefits: 

Increased Business Performance

Meeting customer needs can be important, and a diverse team might be able to help with that. Harvard Business Review states that diverse teams are better equipped to create new products, processes, and services compared to non-diverse teams. 

Broader Talent Pool

You might not be aware of your prejudices, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Prejudices have the potential to limit your pool of potential candidates. However, seeking a more diverse workforce might have the opposite effect. 

Better Staff Retention Levels

Many employees choose to work with companies that reflect their own values. You might enjoy more loyalty if employees value your DEI policies. You might also find it easier to attract top talent by highlighting these policies. 

Software Use

Hiring new employees can be time-consuming. Navigating the onboarding process and training them can be even more so. However, HR teams have access to many software programs to help with these processes. 

You can use resume software to speed up the application selection process. Onboarding programs can even provide new employees with training information. These once manual-intensive tasks can now be mostly automated to save time and money. 

Recruitment Marketing

The labor market is fierce. With stiff competition and limited talent, companies must work hard to attract candidates. Due to these labor shortages, recruitment marketing has become an important HR trend. Chase the talent rather than wait for it to chase you. Recruitment marketing involves using tools and strategies to entice qualified employees. Typically, this marketing strategy relies on omnichannel communication, social media, and data analytics. 


Gamification describes game-playing elements like point-scoring and competitions to promote engagement. Gamification is often used in team productivity activities, but now also in recruitment and onboarding. 

For example, you might use quizzes and trivia during recruiting. You might also explore training games during onboarding. Some HR departments see gamification as a fad, but you might enjoy some of the following benefits: 

Better Engagement Levels

Many employers and HR teams struggle to manage employee engagement levels. Gamification might change that. Gamification encourages exploration while providing your employees with options to participate and interact. 

Enhanced Information Retention

Employee onboarding can be overwhelming. Employees are often required to learn a great deal of information in a short period. Gamification turns regular, traditionally dull information into a fun activity. Trivia, quizzes, and games offer unique and entertaining ways of retaining valuable information. 

Easier Collaboration

Some employees find it challenging to socialize and work as a team. New employees may enjoy gamification as it enables them to get to know their peers in a fun way. Games and activities typically welcome natural interaction and collaboration. Essentially, it’s a no-pressure approach to inter-workplace communication. 

Pay Transparency

If you’re not yet aware, pay transparency has been a hot topic in recent years. Employees are demanding that businesses address the gender pay gap. Fortunately, government officials have answered the call on behalf of those employees.

By 2023, eight states in the United States had introduced salary transparency laws. These laws mean that businesses must now publish their salary ranges. Your business might not be in a pay transparency state, but you can still adopt this approach. Employees appreciate salary information in job postings, knowing you take equal pay seriously. 

Staying on top of HR trends can be important for business success. If your HR team hasn’t yet adopted some of the trends above, now might be the right time to explore your options.