Laura Lloyd headshot Written by: Laura Lloyd

Recruiting trends 6 months into 2022

Six months into 2022, the job market in Atlanta is as competitive as it’s always been. We wrote previously about the recruiting trends you needed to know and could absolutely look for in 2022.

But, six months later, has anything changed? Remote work is still a hot topic among all job candidates and passive candidates are still vital in winning the war on top talent. However, there are new trends in the first half of this year that will shape recruitment in the future. 

Importance of Employee Engagement

Hiring managers, take note: Recruitment does not stop after a candidate’s first day on the job. Just because a new candidate says they are excited about taking a new position, doesn’t mean they aren’t currently taking job interviews elsewhere from other companies. 

This speaks to the competitive nature of the marketplace. 

  • Advice for hiring managers: Work to build deeper relationships with candidates to walk them through the hiring process, be alongside them once the offer is signed and then keep that new employee engaged as soon as they start the first day on the job.

Candidates are not accepting the first offer

Once you’ve begun the process of interviewing candidates for a position, you need to act quickly and confidently to either move the candidate through the process or move on to another candidate to interview for the vacancy. 

In the first half of 2022, candidates have been more reticent to speak after seeing the first offer, asking for additional days to review the offer only to delay the decision, drag the process along and leave a company hanging and without having made a hire

  • Each offer should come with an expiration date: In this current market, candidates can use your offer as leverage against another offer. Putting a timeline on the decision expedites the process and helps you arrive at a decision faster.

Pay Transparency

There’s been an increase in young workers sharing their salary information with coworkers—it’s no longer seen as a strict taboo to talk about how much you make.

Younger workers, specifically millennial job candidates, have been “rewriting the script,” and reshaping the workplace environment.

The hope is that pay transparency will bring about pay equity, which is essentially equal pay for work of equal or comparable value. Currently, 17 states in the US have laws requiring employers to post the salary range for every job opening they have, including promotions and transfers. 

  • Candidates are saying the salary range is one of the most important parts of a job description: Companies need to be prepared to answer these questions and include these things in job descriptions when they post to bring in new candidates.

The recruiting landscape in 2022 has been unlike any other year, and things likely won’t change. By understanding the trends now, you’ll be able to create a plan to recruit more effectively for the future.