The 5 Hiring Trends That May Impact Agriculture in 2020

Q1 may almost be behind us, but there is still a long way to go before the end of the year. Agriculture recruiting is always evolving so it’s important to keep an eye on the hiring trends that may impact the industry through the end of the year

Here are five trends that could impact the way you hire through the rest of 2020. 

Companies Must Address Recession Anxiety  

After ten years of a bull market, recession fears came bearing down with the spread of the coronavirus in Q1As a recession looms, people who were once open to making a job change will clam up, worrying that if they accept a new job, they will be the first ones shown the door. To recruit candidates in times of uncertainty, it will be important to tout your company’s financial stability and address candidates’ recession fears head-on.  

Video And Social Media Will Play A Bigger Role  

People under 35 years of age don’t know a life where they aren’t instantly connected to people and information. That means younger people are much more comfortable engaging with companies and potential employers through social media and video – in fact, many younger workers demand it. 

For hiring, this includes presenting information to potential candidates through these mediums as well as conducting screening and interviews at a distance. And as remote work continues to expand, companies will need to lean on internet-based communication to find, nurture and land candidates across the country.  

Tech Platforms Will Shore Up Accuracy  

Nearly every company uses some form of applicant tracking system (ATS) to automate resume screening, but these platforms have their limitations. Without precise input, an ATS could reject candidates who are actually a strong match. In 2020, look for advancements to be made that will make ATS platforms more accurate, even if recruiter input isn’t as precise as it could be.  

Upskilling Will Play Into Hiring and Retention   

There are skill gaps and talent shortages in the market, and those gaps are only widening. Companies are starting to understand that they should remain open to candidates who may lack a few skills but are trainable on the job. Watch for more platforms to enter the market to help companies upskill as part of their initial onboarding and ongoing training processes.  

Poor Mobile Apps Will Cost Companies Candidates and Talent 

Companies that don’t provide an intuitive, user-friendly mobile experience for applicants will lose out on top talent. The same is true for apps that companies use to engage passive talent or contract workers. Job seekers and contractors want personalized experiences, and they want to be able to respond easily and simply. Mobile apps that are outdated, clunky or slow will cause people to self-select out of the process.  

Is Your Ag Business Looking To Hire?  

If you are looking for more information on hiring trends in agriculture, or if you are looking to improve your hiring processes this year, contact the agriculture recruiting experts at Morris Bixby today. 



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