​Talent acquisition professionals in 2019 were most interested in reading about candidate and new-hire ghosting, attracting talent in a candidate-driven job market and ways to work better with hiring managers. These topics were some of the most-read all year on SHRM Online and will remain relevant in the new year. Here are the top seven most-read articles on talent acquisition from SHRM Online in 2019.

Companies say more candidates and new hires are ghosting them—suddenly ending all communication without an explanation—leading to disrupted hiring and rattled recruiters.

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After an employee shot and killed five people in his workplace as he was being fired, employers wondered if a common hiring practice was faulty. The shooter's past felony conviction didn't come to light during his pre-employment background screen.


Research revealed the difficulties of attracting and hiring talent in a candidate-driven job market, as well as the creative methods recruiters are deploying to get job seekers' attention. Experts weighed in on how recruiters can put these methods to use.

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The relationship between recruiters and hiring managers is one of the most critical factors affecting the success of an organization's talent acquisition efforts. Here are five ways to win over difficult hiring managers.

resumeNo. 5: How to Evaluate Resume Employment Gaps

Many recruiters consider significant employment gaps on a job candidate's resume to be a bad sign, but passing on potentially qualified candidates without giving them a chance to explain could be a mistake for recruiters.

man speakingNo. 6: Anticipating the Next Recession

It's the tightest labor market in 50 years, but fear of a looming recession is still out there, even though no one's really certain about when it may happen or what might cause it.

woman speakingNo. 7: Hiring People with Criminal Backgrounds Is Easier Than You Think

Second-chance hiring—recruiting and hiring people with criminal backgrounds and eliminating obstacles to those efforts—is building momentum, say business leaders and worker advocates.


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