Recruitment’s Hot Topics

In theory, the recruitment process is easy. Your recruiter will screen out a large number of applicants and present a handful of the most relevant candidates to you based on the criteria you have provided. You will decide which of those candidates is best suited to your team and make a satisfactory offer of employment which is accepted, and your new hire starts 4 weeks later.

However, we know that’s not the case at the moment. What issues are your recruiters facing? What trends are they seeing?

Is There Anyone Out There?

The talent shortage has been well documented over the last 12 months and, ironically, there is certainly no shortage of articles about the issue. However, the facts are clear. The most recent ‘Professional Recruitment Trends Snapshot’, produced by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) shows that permanent white-collar vacancies rose once more last month – up 28% compared to January last year. When a high number of vacancies meets a record low number of job seekers, a challenge materialises.

Recruiters are having to work smarter and harder to source candidates and hiring managers need to accelerate their interview process and decision making to ensure that they don’t miss out on the most talented candidates. Employers also need to assess their visibility and reputation among their potential hires.

Brand You

In a talent short market, you want to be seen as the most attractive potential employer to your potential hires.

Your brand as an employer will be created by a number of factors. Your recruitment process, onboarding, training, management culture and the availability of career opportunities will all influence your reputation among job seekers.

So, what do your staff think about your company at the moment? Whether its focus groups or anonymous staff surveys, you need to know what your current reputation is before working out how to get to where you want it to be. What do you want your brand to stand for and what do you offer as an employer? Knowing where you are now and where you want to be are key for any journey.

When you get your brand and reputation to where you want it to be, shout it from the rooftops. Employee quotes on your social media channels and information about your brand on your recruitment advertising is a great way to do this.

Don’t Pass the Remote

Remote and hybrid working is here to stay. Although it was forced upon many businesses during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, its benefits have been seen by many employees and employers alike. Necessity really is the mother of invention!

But don’t just use Teams or Zoom for your team meetings. Remote interviewing can speed up the recruitment process.

Remote workers can also expand your pool of candidates. If you’re finding it hard to source candidates within your usual geographic area, and they can work remotely, does it matter if they live 300 miles away?

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