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It’s estimated that by 2015, 60% of the new jobs being created will require skills that only 20% of the population actually has. What better time to polish your recruiting strategies and focus on finding the right talent?

Based on our 2015 Talent Acquisition Forecast, here are some New Year's Resolutions to consider:

1. Digging Deeper to Find Highly Skilled People
A recent report from the American Society for Training and Development says that in 2015, a staggering 76% of all U.S. jobs will require highly skilled workers in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math. Additionally, Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimates that the demand for college educated workers will surpass the supply of this population by 300,000 a year. In other words, there will be 3 million fewer graduates than needed.

Exploring alternative avenues other than job boards or LinkedIn could be key to uncovering the rest of the talent population to fill niche roles.

2. Understanding the Candidate Driven Market
As candidates feel more comfortable with the state of the workforce, they become more likely to shop around and find a job they truly want, instead of living in fear of looking around due to the state of the economy. Understanding this shift in mentality can help recruiters better understand a candidate's wants and needs for their next career step as well as encourage employers to perfect their company brand to entice the right talent.

3. Saying Goodbye to 'Passive' and 'Active' Candidates
According to a survey by Jobvite, as many as 53% of employed workers are open to new job prospects even if they aren’t looking actively. In fact, 69% of workers surveyed said that searching for new opportunities is part of their “regular routine,” with 24% searching as frequently as once a week. According to Forbes, "They are cultivating networks of opportunity that they can tap into at any time they need to." Blurring the line of passive and active can help open up the entire talent pool, not just those who are actively applying to job boards.

4. Doing Economic Homework to Understand the War for Talent
Economic recovery and growth reflects an urgent need for top talent globally. Across the board, organizations are struggling to find qualified talent to fill positions. According to Robert Half International, more than half (6 out of 10) business owners are having a difficult time finding candidates that have the necessarily qualifications for the role. Understanding the talent shortage will help recruiters effectively communicate with Hiring Managers and employers about how to go about finding the talent they need.

5. Researching Industries with the Most Growth for 2015 and Beyond
Big population trends, such as aging Baby Boomers, better medicine and health care, and rapid technology growth, are causing significant waves of change in the types of roles needed globally. Keeping an eye on the Bureau of Labor Statistics market trends can help to be completely aware of the types of jobs in highest demand throughout the year.

For more information on 2015 Recruiting Trends, download our Whitepaper

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