It’s Time to Change Your Candidate Search Strategy

Business leaders across industries have desperately needed talented and skilled workers for several years. Research studies have shown that the manufacturing, construction, technology and medical sectors have been among the hardest hit by this shortage. Many businesses are experiencing lower productivity and profits and higher candidate search expenses as a result.
Maybe it’s time for your candidate search strategy to change with the times.  The list of jobs experiencing worker shortages is not a short one and includes:

  • Manufacturing Equipment Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Welders
  • Energy Technology Workers
  • IT Specialists
  • Programmers
  • Salespeople
  • Nurses
  • Caregivers
  • Imaging/Radiology Technicians
  • EMR Staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Trainers

Aging workers and low wages are often cited as the primary reasons that business leaders find it so difficult to fill these roles. Many among the current and next generations of workers aren’t interested in developing skills in these areas. Lastly, inadequate training is a huge problem.
Business owners, hiring managers and recruiters have had to update their own skills to find the right candidates. To learn what went on this past year, in “The Evolution of Hiring in 2015,” Ron Stewart provides a breakdown of five ways that businesses are locating candidates in our technology-focused world. Stewart’s list isn’t merely guesswork — he uses research studies to support his choices.
“69%of recruiters expect to see a more competitive hiring and spending environment.The constantly widening gap between supply and demand of skilled workers, as well as continued technological advancement, are fueling this change.”
Stewart starts out by explaining that the hiring process is evolving in ways that business leaders have never before thought possible. Today’s skilled workers are not easily found through traditional methods. He then discusses how social networks, mobile devices, online company promotional efforts, professional network profiles and narrow online search parameters have become critical to connecting hiring personnel with the skilled workers they need.
If you’re having problems finding the right candidate for a position in your workplace or you’re planning for a future hiring session, use Stewart’s guide to learn these new skills and improve your success rate for 2016.
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