The Most Popular LinkedIn Recruiting Stories of 2020

December 21, 2020

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It’s been quite a year. Though for most of us, 2020 has felt a lot longer. 

For recruiters, it’s been an especially trying year as many companies slowed — or even froze — hiring and were forced to layoff employees. As a team that writes for and about recruiters and talent teams, we have been beyond inspired by the work that you have done in 2020. We watched as you placed urgently needed frontline healthcare workers in hospitals around the world and helped laid-off and furloughed workers find new roles in industries where talent was desperately needed — not to mention the work you’ve done improving your company’s diversity and inclusion efforts, building out remote hiring processes, ramping up your internal mobility programs, and more. 

With everything that’s happened, we wanted to know which of the articles we published this year resonated the most with you. We took a look and rounded up the ten most-read posts below. They touch on some of the topics mentioned above, such as the shift to remote work and company responses to the pandemic, but there are also a few surprises

This year’s Top 10 most-read articles on the LinkedIn Talent Blog:

1. New LinkedIn Data: Coronavirus Drives Demand for These Jobs

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When COVID-19 first started its spread across the U.S. in March, we saw a rapid reshaping of the talent marketplace. Although many people lost their jobs and some companies implemented a hiring freeze, COVID-19 drove demand for many roles, including jobs within healthcare and other organizations that have supported the country through this pandemic. 

2. 10 Things Recruiters Used to Believe — But Don't Anymore

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Industry leader John Vlastelica asked fellow talent professionals a simple question: “What’s something you believed to be true 10 years ago about recruiting, that you don’t believe to be true now?” The answers he received were insightful and revealing.

3. Boomers Can’t Learn, Millennials Are Lazy, and 6 Other Myths About the Multigenerational Workforce

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Whether it's Baby Boomers or Millennials, there are many misconceptions out there about how each generation works and what they’re looking for in a job. So we went about debunking some of these myths to help you build a successful cross-generational team.

4. The 5 Company Responses to Coronavirus That Resonated the Most on LinkedIn

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If 2020 taught companies one important employer branding lesson, it may be that the safest thing to do in the face of a crisis is not to stay quiet. Here we highlight five company responses to the pandemic that stood out on LinkedIn, showcasing compassion and transparency with their words and, perhaps most importantly, their actions.

5. 8 Steps to Creating a Virtual Employee Onboarding Program

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Talent professionals shifted many of their usual in-person activities to the virtual world this year, and onboarding was no exception. Here we shared how LinkedIn’s team made the shift to virtual onboarding in eight steps.

6. 4 Ways You Can Give Your Remote Workforce a Sense of Togetherness

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While there are many positives to having a remote workforce, it can be difficult to maintain a strong sense of togetherness and company culture without an office to gather in. We highlight some of the innovative things companies are doing to make remote employees feel part of a close-knit team — no matter how far apart they may be.

7. Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce During Coronavirus — and Beyond

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GitLab has the largest all-remote workforce in the world with over 1,000 people spread across 65 countries. We spoke with Darren Murph, GitLab’s head of remote, to learn more about the short- and long-term strategies companies can take to make a smooth transition to the world of  remote work and keep it running successfully.

8. The Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now

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In this monthly feature for the blog, we dive deep into LinkedIn data to reveal what are the most in-demand jobs of the moment. You’ll find delivery drivers, healthcare workers, salespeople, and more.

9. 10 Ways to Reduce Interviewer Bias

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If you’re looking for hands-on and practical tips for reducing interview bias, look no further than this informative piece by talent leader Lou Adler. Step one? Make sure your job descriptions define the job, not the person.

10. 6 Meaningful Ways Companies Welcome Moms Back from Maternity Leave

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we looked at some of the best ways — including delicious dinners, nanny travel expenses, and onsite childcare — that companies are welcoming moms back from maternity leave.

Thank you for reading the talent blog this year! We can’t wait to see what you do in 2021 and to share your stories.

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