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New Jobvite Survey Highlights Shift in Priorities for Recruiters and Job Seekers in COVID-19 Job Market

Jobvite, the leading end-to-end talent acquisition suite provider, published its 2020 Recruiter Nation Survey report. The report provides an in-depth look at the state of recruiting and the challenges and opportunities facing recruiters as they navigate the ongoing pandemic.

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“We believe that many of these shifts brought forth in 2020 will be here to stay, making it vital for recruiting teams to be equipped with the right systems, tools, and channels to navigate this new reality and attract highly-skilled talent.”

The 2020 Recruiter Nation Survey gathered responses from more than 800 U.S.-based recruiters and HR professionals. The resulting data revealed that since the onset of the pandemic, stress levels at work have increased for 61% of recruiters, with one in five reporting a drastic increase in stress. The impact of COVID-19 has also led to diminished headcount and hiring for about one-third of organizations.

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Amid the pandemic, recruiters today are getting more inquiries about mental health benefits, accommodations and flexibility for working parents, and COVID-19 safety protocols. In addition, 33% of recruiters report receiving more questions from job seekers about diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives than they did in the previous year.

Recruiting priorities have also changed, with growing talent pipeline and improving time-to-hire fading and quality of hires growing in importance. Seventy-one percent of recruiters say their recruiting priorities for the next 12 months are different from those they had in the past year.

“Our report’s key findings reveal how the pandemic has reshaped the recruiting process, investments, and priorities” said Jeffrey K. Rohrs, CMO of Jobvite. “We believe that many of these shifts brought forth in 2020 will be here to stay, making it vital for recruiting teams to be equipped with the right systems, tools, and channels to navigate this new reality and attract highly-skilled talent.”

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