The Most Popular LinkedIn Recruiting Stories of 2018

December 21, 2018

2018, it’s been real. And it’s been busy – especially for talent professionals.

With quit rates reaching a 17-year-high in the U.S., many of you had long days trying to wow candidates – and also find more thoughtful ways to screen for potential and diverse mindsets.

It’s also been a year when data-driven decision-making became even more crucial. Nearly 69% of talent professionals admitted that it can elevate their position in the company and help them drive business strategy.

Many of you were also eager to get ahead of the trends shaping the future, especially artificial intelligence. Instead of being uneasy, talent professionals seem to have embraced AI because of the promise that it will enable them to focus on what they do best.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the most popular articles that we published right here on the Talent Blog this year revolved around the trends mentioned above – from data showing you the most in-demand skills and top company rankings for 2018, to new ways companies are evaluating candidates, and more. We had fun seeing which posts resonated with you the most in 2018 and listed the top 10 below.

The top 10 Most Read articles on the LinkedIn Talent Blog

1. Here Is What It Takes to Become a CEO, According to 12,000 LinkedIn Profiles

if you’re itching to become CEO someday, take note: we looked at the LinkedIn profiles of 12,000 CEOs from 20 countries and broke down the most common routes CEOs took to the top.

2. These 3 Industries Have the Highest Talent Turnover Rates

We looked at LinkedIn data to give you the latest insights on the sectors, industries, and jobs seeing the highest level of turnover. You’ll also get some helpful examples of how companies have used turnover data to keep their employees and plan ahead.

3. Here are the Top Companies of 2018

The 2018 Top Companies ranking lists the most sought-after employers across the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India and the UK, according to Linkedin data. These companies have created employer brands that resonate emotionally with candidates and inspire and engage employees.

4. I Love It When Candidates Do These 8 Things

Recruiting pro Joe Burridge breaks down 8 qualities he wishes every single candidate had – and you’ll agree.

5. The Most In-Demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2018

We identified both the soft and hard skills companies are working hardest to fill right now using a combination of LinkedIn data and survey results. These are the skills you should know about and be ready to recruit for this year.

6. The Simple Phrase LinkedIn’s Head of Recruiting Uses to Grab Candidates' Attention

LinkedIn’s Head of Recruiting, Brendan Browne, shares how he uses the phrase “I'm concerned” in candidate outreach in order to weed out people who aren't passionate about the job, bring issues to the forefront, and re-engage candidates.

7. How to Shape What People Say About You When You’re Not in the Room, According to this Banking Exec

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley, shares her “pearls of wisdom” that will help you meaningfully shape the way others perceive you and what they say about you when you’re not in the room.

8. The New Way Companies Are Evaluating Candidates' Soft Skills (and Discovering High-Potential Talent)

We talked with the CEOs of Koru and Pymetrics to find out how their soft-skills assessments are helping clients like Citi and Accenture find the right candidates, create a more efficient hire process, and improve candidate experience.

9. The Future of Recruiting Won't Have Any Resumes, and Two More Predictions From an Expert

Accenture’s former Global Head of Recruiting who recently joined Delta Air Lines, Jennifer Carpenter, shares her three predictions for the future of recruiting.

10. These Industries Will Face the Biggest Talent Shortages by 2030

By 2030, the global talent shortage could reach 85.2 million people—costing companies trillions of dollars in lost economic opportunity. This post reveals three sectors that research shows will be hit hard by the oncoming talent crunch—and what you can do to avoid a crisis.

Thank you for reading the Talent Blog! We can't wait for more great recruiting innovations and stories in 2019.

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