How human resources plays a critical role in hiring

Human resources professionals have a number of obligations on a daily basis. From ensuring that payroll is properly managed to scanning resumes of potential candidates and scheduling interviews, a day in the life of an individual working in HR comes with very little downtime.

However, ensuring that a company employs the highest-quality candidate available may rank as one of the most important jobs in HR. These individuals are essentially on the front line of the hiring process and their initial assessment is vitally important. This highlights the value of the human resources role.

These days, many organizations look for a candidate with years of professional experience and a college degree. However, in an era where supremely qualified candidates don't always go to college or may not stay at a job for more than a year at a time, human resources professionals must be judicious in their discernment.

A recent article from The Washington Post stated that many companies are starting to use software programs that rely heavily on objectivity when making hiring decisions. This means that other considerations are being made outside of years of professional work or degree completion.

Staying in tune with trends
Selecting qualified candidates and moving them through the interview and hiring process requires a lot of skill, as well as attention to detail. To help this process move as efficiently as possible, human resources staff must be aware of current hiring trends. One major phenomenon is the difficulty in finding qualified candidates.

A December 2013 study conducted by CareerBuilder revealed that due to a shortage of qualified candidates for certain job functions, many companies will begin to make training investments in candidates to supplement the gap in skill. Additionally, many organizations are using foresight and tapping into a pool of potential candidates not quite ready to join the workforce.

CareerBuilder stated that 27 percent of hiring managers participating in the survey said they have plans to mine for talent in the high school ranks by promoting open opportunities that fit students' interests. This year, 25 percent of companies plan to try this recruitment strategy.

These are some of the developments being undertaken to ensure that businesses remain staffed with the best and brightest talent available. However, it all starts with the work being undertaken by human resources to make these strategies effective.

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