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[Excerpt] Across most companies today, recruitment continues to follow the traditional model – hiring managers present lists of desired qualifications and responsibilities through job descriptions, applicants submit chronological summaries of their work experience, and recruiters review applications through the applicant tracking system to identify relevant skills and experience. In the next five to ten years, this model of recruitment will transform significantly.

There are many reasons for this. First, careers today are more lattice-like, and less linear. Individuals’ career paths are characterized by shorter tenures, stretch assignments, entrepreneurial endeavors, time off work to spend with family, and gig work. The recruitment process should change to account for these “jagged resumes”. Second, as automation, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over manual, repetitive tasks, the work left to be performed by humans will be more creative and strategic, less predictable, and more consequential to the business overall. The stakes of making the right hire will increase, and recruiting will become a defining differentiator. Already, demand for recruiting professionals is up 63% since 2016. Lastly, as companies prepare for the future of work, recruitment practices will need to change to match new trends and challenges. For example, 50% of millennials are already freelancing, and this number is expected to rise significantly. 43% of college Gen Z’s are eyeing an entrepreneurial future over traditional workplaces.

Given these broad trends, the future of recruitment will be marked by changes in three domains – recruitment technology, skills that companies recruit for, and the competencies of recruitment teams in the future.


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Woo, R. & Roy, S. (2019). What will recruitment look like in five years and what will be different from today? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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