Hiring an effective team of people, which will help you drive your business to success, is a difficult process. After all, you must consider your options carefully and pick the best candidates for the job because the choices you make will surely affect your company. Every entrepreneur should strive to surround themselves with employees that are talented, motivated and good at their job. However, finding the right people isn’t always a simple task.
When we are talking recruitment and job markets in general, there are always a few global narratives that dominate every conversation. Over the last few years, it has been all but impossible to ignore a couple of them
The first of these is AI, machine learning, automation and the supposedly apocalyptic effects these will have on the future workers. It is definitely a scary proposition for many people, but it is not like this is the first time people are worried about new tools and practices destroying their lives.
Another major narrative we encounter these days is the talent shortage that plagues certain industries and that is becoming more and more noticeable. This is the narrative that we will be covering today, focusing on what it means for recruiters and the recruitment industry.
When you’re a human resources manager or a business owner, you want to have access to the best, talented candidates possible for the success of your business. Talented individuals don’t stay on the market long, so it’s important to be accessible and engaged with the candidates where they spend most time.
Social media is a fantastic way to connect with an audience, and that audience is likely full of candidates who would make great employees. Almost all professional recruiters network, so why not attract talent using social media.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting out to events and seminars organised by the major trade bodies that represent our industry. This post’s subject is one that has come up in every conversation – ‘The Candidate Experience’.
It’s 2016, and it’s a high time for all recruiters to be accelerating their social media strategy. Gone are the days of ‘toe dipping’ into the great unknown. Social media needs to be embraced as the fantastic (and essential) recruiting tool that it is. Time, of course, is the big issue. All recruiters are busy people, and many recruiters feel that they simply don’t have the time to invest in a social media strategy. That is why, for some, their social media recruitment activity never really gets beyond the aforementioned ‘toe-dipping stage.’ But, with a coherent strategy, commitment and a bit of patience, the potential returns are well worth the investment of time and effort. Read more
40% of employees will be Millennials by 2020 which means they are essential to the success and sustainability of businesses. If your clients are wanting to attract and retain the best Millennials to drive their businesses forward, what do they have to do differently?
Millennials are not interested in jobs, they want lives where their work means something. They don’t want to live weekend to weekend or vacation to vacation. They can’t see why they should sit behind a desk for 9 hours a day in an office full of people, trying to look busy to impress a boss. Read more
In the world of agency recruitment, the focus is always the same:
Selected Candidates + Clients = Placements = Commission
Nothing else matters.
And this has worked for us for many years. But increasingly we are seeing a neglected group becoming more vocal. Not only do they vent their frustrations online, but there are well established review sites that encourage such feedback (think Glassdoor).
It could be about the 45 minutes wait at the lobby despite being early for the screening interview. Or the stupid questions that were fielded which discussed everything under the sun except the candidature of the applicant.
And they are coming fast and furious from the candidates that didn’t get placed.
We all know the recruitment market is changing and we are now in a candidate driven market, but what have we really changed about our business and processes to adapt to this changing landscape?