2020 Recruiting and Hiring Challenges

Unemployment is at a 60-year low. However, recruiting and hiring is considered the top challenge of 2020 with 30% of HR professionals reporting it as the top strategic challenges for the year.[1] Some of the problems HR professionals are experiencing in recruiting and hiring include unconscious bias, aligning talent acquisition with business objectives, diversity, benefits, and technology.


How can HR professionals address these challenges? Here are some tips for tackling the recruiting and hiring challenges of 2020.


Invest in training. While it may seem daunting, HR professionals should advocate and employers should comply because providing your HR team the training they need will only benefit your business. These trainings can be on technology, which can assist with communicating complex information such as benefits and legal HR updates. Other training might include meeting with mental health professionals to discuss ways to identify and prevent unconscious bias in the recruiting and hiring process.


Conduct weekly, monthly meetings. Since aligning talent acquisition with business objectives is one of the top HR challenges in hiring and recruiting, it might be a good idea to discuss ways to better align candidates with business objectives. For example, if you’re receiving many candidates with particular soft skills, but lack the qualifications for the position, perhaps ask yourself if they can be trained for the position. How are the qualifications applicable to the job and can they be taught relatively quick for someone who possesses the appropriate soft skills to succeed in the role?


Maintaining updates on trends. Many industries frequently adapt to the technological, economical, and social trends. Subscribe to local, state, and federal publications to ensure you’re up to date on the latest technology, business, economy, science, and political trends. This can help you stay on top of what’s trending in benefits, technology, diversity, and more. These publications might also offer information regarding best practices for artificial intelligence and addressing unconscious bias in recruiting and hiring process.


Learn to be proactive.[2] One of the greatest challenges of businesses is being proactive instead of reactive. In staying up to date with the latest trends also comes the task of being able to predict trends. Be proactive and invest in the proper tools and software to produce analyses of current market trends and predict future trends.


Refresh and rename.[3] Giving HR a new name could be beneficial as it can provide added value to the HR professionals and the integral role they play in your organization. Selecting the appropriate leaders can also make the difference. Select individuals who have the expertise, speak and understand the means of communicating, and who are adaptable. These skills and traits can ensure your HR leaders can withstand the ebbs and flow of the recruiting and hiring process. Including an employee relations team can also benefit the recruiting and hiring efforts as these specialists bring a sense of security and appreciation to employees, such as developing employee recognition programs.


Recruiting and hiring doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. Human Capital provides human resource management solutions with a team of experienced HR experts who can provide the support businesses need. We can assist with top-tier HR services, including recruiting and hiring, to streamline your business processes. Contact Human Capital to explore our full suite of comprehensive HR solutions.





[1] Human Resources Professionals Challenged by Recruiting, Hiring in 2020

[2] Five Recommendations for Human Resource Management

[3] 4 Ways to Create a Human Resources Strategy

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