Slideshow 2016’s biggest recruiting trends

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  • May 24 2016, 7:26pm EDT

2016’s biggest recruiting trends

As the hiring seasons revs up, Glassdoor’s latest research identifies key factors are affecting how candidates find jobs and how employers are recruiting top talent.

The job hunter

According to a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor, 45% of people say they are currently job searching or plan to search for a job this year. Here’s what employers will want to consider in 2016.

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1. Benefits and perks matter more.

After compensation, benefits and perks are noted by nearly three in five prospective employees as being important. In the past year, a number of employers have implemented unique benefits. Netflix, for example, announced unlimited maternity and paternity leave for new parents during the first year after child birth or adoption.

2. Equal pay taking center stage.

Compensation takes the No. 1 position on a job seeker’s priority list. And along with political conversations focusing on equal pay in the presidential election, employers beefing up compensation are getting noticed. Job seekers are likely to research salaries and fair market value before even applying to jobs and preparing questions about salary structure and pay increases to ask during job interviews. In turn, this means employers should already be re-evaluating their compensation plans.

3. Job seekers will do more research.

The interview process is no longer a one-way street in favor of the employer. The age of data gives more power to the job seeker. Much like researching a new place to eat or a city to visit, prospective employees are doing their due diligence when searching for a new employer. According to Glassdoor, more than three in four people say they value reviews and ratings from employees at a company when making a job decision.

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4. Employers offering transparency will have the recruiting edge.

As job seekers invest research time into planning their next career move, employers that are transparent will have an edge. “Most people don’t expect any company to be perfect,” Glassdoor notes, “but when information is hidden, it can be a red flag.” Upfront employers are just as open about the good as the bad and, as a result, are more likely to see more high quality candidates, according to Glassdoor.

5. Job searching on mobile devices will increase.

Technology is changing the way candidates search for jobs, enabling access to the latest job listings from anywhere, anytime. Employers who ensure information for potential candidates can be accessed across multiple platforms will have an edge on the competition, according to Glassdoor.