HR has changed dramatically since 2007. Much of it had to do with massive economic reform and an ever increasing pace of globalization. Many other changes came as an inevitable result of the next generation slowly taking over the workforce. In both cases, recruitment has been completely overhauled as a profession, and individuals in the field have had to become faster while handling larger volumes of more diverse work. With unemployment continuing to drop, the increased competition to find top-quality workers makes the job even harder. To stay ahead, software for recruiters needs to pace the changes. With that in mind, these are the most dominant trends that are shaping employment for 2017.

A Freelance Economy

Anyone working in HR or recruitment has surely seen the trend: freelance is on the rise, and it isn’t slowing down. The trend seems particularly enticing to millennials, as they get the benefits of self-employment with the reliability of an employer. Long-term 1099 and contract work is supplementing every office and work site, and the different forces are naturally becoming integrated together. Even in hospitals, it’s normal to contract health providers working alongside tenured physicians. Ultimately, large businesses need efficient ways to fill both kinds of employment simultaneously and seamlessly.

Shorter Tenure

Alongside the freelance boom is a stark trend even among tenured employees. Company loyalty is falling and the average professional tenure across the board is now at 4.6 years. This means even the most veteran and reliable positions are seeing high turnover, and it isn’t always feasible to replace those positions with a 1099, so recruiting is being forced to become more responsive. Every position needs to be replaceable in short order with competent talent. This requires recruiters to be able to track potential hires more often and for longer durations.

A New Generation

Both of the previous trends are really just symptoms of a greater picture. The workforce is shifting generations. Boomers are fast on the way out, and just as companies are getting a grasp on appealing to millennials, a new generation is hitting the workforce in 2017. Sometimes called gen Z, the newest generation is even more fast-paced and ready for massive change than the millennials. What the previous generation taught the business world was the necessity for remaining adaptable. The new generation will come with lessons of their own, but the one thing recruiters can do in anticipation is keep their systems fluid and flexible.

Tools and software for recruiters will continue to be tested. Change won’t ever stop, and the job will never truly get easier, but the best in the business will adapt. Anticipating change and altering resources accordingly can at least reduce the workload and stress, even if those tools can never replace the invaluable abilities of a talented recruiter.