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A Year in Review and a Look at Industry Trends Ahead


Now, more than ever, companies need to focus on retaining and attracting top talent and investing in HR.

ClarityHR was launched by Clarity a year ago this month in response to an overwhelming demand for mid to senior level Human Resource professionals. Eileen Riebling, ClarityHR Division Lead, witnessed first hand how the HR industry has fared in the year since the launch and where she thinks it is headed. The two main things that Ms. Riebling has observed are that the HR landscape is changing and that the market has dramatically shifted.

In the past five years, companies have downsized, restructured, and conducted massive re-orgs. As a result of these actions, employees have been overworked, overwhelmed and exhausted. Many of these employees are ready to make the move now that the job market has improved. “Now, more than ever, companies need to focus on retaining and attracting top talent and investing in HR. Those that still view HR as personnel or support versus a fundamental and key business function will lag behind their competitors,” said Ms. Riebling.

The market is also more competitive. For the first time since the recession, Ms. Riebling has seen an uptick in the amount of offers that candidates are receiving and as a result they are able to be picky and hold out for the right opportunity. Because of this, companies need to focus on their employment brand in order to attract top talent. HR has to be more innovative than ever and this affects the hiring process. Employers aren’t just looking for candidates that possess the experience and knowledge needed for the job, they are paying particular attention to the culture match, creativity, vision, and the soft skills that ultimately make the best match.

On the flip side, job seekers are no longer satisfied with just getting a paycheck. There is a big drive for finding the right cultural fit. High-potential candidates are taking their time to ensure the companies and offers they entertain provide them with career advancement, the ability to make a larger impact on the business, the chance to join a progressive and forward thinking HR department, and the opportunity to have a voice. “Extending or receiving a job offer isn’t just about the package offered or the candidate’s skills, it’s about the employer and the candidate having a mutual understanding of the expectations for the role, the short term and long term vision for human resources, and the willingness of the company to invest in HR as a business partner and the planning of the candidate to return measurable results on that investment,” observed Ms. Riebling. Those who don’t come out of the interview process with this understanding run the risk of hiring the wrong candidate or in the candidate’s case, accepting a job that will, in the end, be unfulfilling or frustrating.

For HR candidates and employers alike, this is an exciting time to be in the industry. There is a lot of positive change and opportunity. One of the areas that are hiring at a noticeably high rate and candidates are particularly interested in, according to Ms. Riebling, are early stage start-ups who need to lay the groundwork for HR. The companies in this space are often looking to hire an all-encompassing Director of HR to build the function from the ground up. Additionally, positions related to culture and engagement such as the Chief of People, Chief of Culture, or Chief Engagement Officer, are becoming more popular as companies realize the need to focus on their employment brand. Talent Acquisition continues to be hot both on a permanent and contract basis. With the hiring activity being the strongest it’s been since the recession, companies are seeking innovative, creative, and highly talented HR professionals now more than ever.

About ClarityHR:
In response to an overwhelming demand, Clarity has built upon its strong foundation in Human Resources to create a division exclusively dedicated to mid and high level HR recruitment and placement. Clarity’s extensive network of HR Professionals and Senior HR Business Partners have made our company a leading resource for all industries since 2000. We believe that HR professionals play a key role in the success of every business, one that is vital to efficiency, profitability, and progress.

About Clarity:
Known as one of the top ten recruiting firms in New York, Clarity is a boutique staffing firm headquartered in Midtown Manhattan that focuses on placing both contract and direct hire office support staff, including administrative, human resources, accounting, IT and marketing and sales professionals. From the financial industry to the legal field, media to luxury goods, publishing to consulting, Clarity aims to understand each client and their individual corporate cultures. To learn more about Clarity, visit

Clarity Holdings has offices in New York City, California (San Francisco, Los Altos, Los Angeles) and Richmond, VA. Our network and highly trained recruiting teams are able to work on any permanent role in the United States. Clarity’s partner company - Clarity Technology Partners specializes in the needs of technology companies across the country and is headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley.

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