Future-proof Your Recruiting Career

The path to future-proofing your career begins with proactive self-development.

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Apr 15, 2024

Recruiters and managers have one foot on a layoff list and the other on a banana peel. It’s been like The Hunger Games out there for recruiters, and staying ahead of the curve is no longer an option; it’s a necessity. Whether you’re a seasoned recruiter or a fresh face in recruiting, the time to future-proof your career is now. Here are the key areas you need to focus on to ensure your continued survival success in this field.

AI Tool Survival Skills

In the movie The Terminator, John Connor learned survival skills in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by AI-powered machines. The talent acquisition industry as a whole needs to embrace platforms that have AI. Gone are the days of manual processes dominating recruitment. AI has revolutionized how recruiters operate, from resume screening to interview scheduling. Platforms like and RecruitBot offer invaluable AI skills and insights that enhance productivity and efficiency. By familiarizing yourself with these tools, you’ll streamline your workflow and stay ahead of the curve in this tech-driven era.

Candidate Engagement Skills

Put down the Starbucks and listen to me for one second. Recruiters have been ghosted so much that we at ERE had to call Ghost Busters. Nurturing candidate relationships has never been more crucial. That’s why recruiting organizations need the CandE Recruiting Benchmark reports (I know, shameless plug). Recently, Kevin Grossman provided the candidate engagement top 10 technologies (like Handshake), ultimately giving talent acquisition a guide on recruiting skills to develop. And if you don’t think candidate follow-up is important, ask the gazillion recruiters let go recently. On a side note, you can help with benchmark data by going here.

Data-driven Recruiting Strategies

Data. That word alone cures insomnia. While the term “data” may induce groans from some, its importance in recruitment cannot be overstated. Data-driven strategies empower recruiters with real-time analytics and talent insights, enabling them to make informed decisions and improve overall recruitment effectiveness. TA professionals who learn to analyze talent data, research, and communicate a recruiting strategy position themselves as invaluable assets to any company. We offer over 10 hours of video-based content on how to use data and provide strategic guidance to hiring managers.

Employer Branding Skills

Employer branding is about more than just showcasing company culture—it’s about storytelling. Develop copywriting, video editing, and AI-generated content skills to craft compelling narratives that resonate with candidates. By mastering the art of storytelling, recruitment marketers can elevate their employer brand and attract top talent in a competitive job market. If you want to get started in employer branding, consider following Carrie Corcoran and Craig Fisher. They’re masters at storytelling and content creation and advise TA teams on how to develop employer branding skills.

Taking Charge of Your Future

The path to future-proofing your career begins with proactive self-development. Take initiative by seeking opportunities to expand your skill set through webinars, blogs, or professional courses. Don’t wait for permission to grow—raise your hand and seize the reins of your career. And remember, events like the ERE conference provide invaluable networking and learning opportunities to help you stay ahead of the curve. Your future success starts with you—so take charge, stay informed, and future-proof your recruiting career today.

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