Our workforce is growing faster than ever. With the overabundance of candidates it should be easy to find the best and brightest employees to fill the vacancies in your office. But employers are realizing that recruiting people who do more than just meet the qualifications is harder than ever.
Pew Research Center recently released a report showing a record number of high school and college graduates. Last year one-third of our young adults aged 25 to 29 had graduated with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. These numbers are great for our education system, but it also means an influx of perfectly polished applications, crafted by university career counselors, for companies to comb through. After all, a pristine cover letter and resume don’t always equal up to the perfect employee.
The ugly truth is that only 17 percent of companies find the person with the necessary skills to do the job they are hired for. This kind of mistake in staffing wastes a lot of time and money that most companies simply can’t afford to lose.
Luckily there are a few trends that may help employers efficiently hire right the first time. The easiest way to scan applicants is by going through a staffing company. People like Brian Torchin, president of HCRC Staffing, are experts in finding the right employees for their clients. The first step is always helping the employer figure out exactly what skills they need for the job, a problem that a lot of companies have in drafting their search criteria. Torchin then assists his clients in assessing the market, finding references, scheduling interviews, training and even handling contract negotiations. It is a smooth process from start to finish and allows you to quickly narrow your search to only the most qualified applicants without actually having to do any of the work.
Another way to help your company find the best applicants is by embracing new technology. Job seekers these days are plugged in 24/7. Posting lackluster job descriptions on your own website or with traditional media outlets just isn’t going to cut it. The majority of today’s young adults are talented and eager to work, but you have to meet them where they spend the majority of their time, the ” Third Screen .” Create postings that are engaging and truly represent the job they’ll be doing, and make sure that they are easily accessible via smartphone or tablet.
Another thing to consider in the coming years is the effect health care reform will have in the hiring practices. The appeal of working for a large corporation just for the perks of great health benefits will likely decrease as more freelance and independent contractors begin to pay for their own healthcare. While many companies may see this as a way to save money, it could also make it harder to pin down the most talented employees.
However, this could have the opposite affect in the healthcare industry where the demand is likely to increase with Obamacare . With the millions of uninsured Americans gaining access to affordable healthcare, hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices are going to need to add qualified staff to meet the increase in patients.
If you have limited time, are unsure about what exactly your business currently needs or you simply don’t have the time to properly screen applicants, the most cost-effective and efficient way to hire is with a professional at a staffing or recruitment agency. But no matter how you go about finding the right person for your company, the important thing to remember is that you often have to look beyond the perfect resume.