Struggling Finding Good Talent? You’re Not Alone
August 13, 2018 | Staffing Blog
Do you feel like you are constantly searching for employees to fill open positions? And once you do have a complete staff, there still are those weak links that seem to pull everyone else down?
This is incredibly common, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 6.7 million job openings in the US and only 6.4 million workers are available to fill them.
Not everyone is going to be the worker that your lead rockstar employee is, but you can have a full team of individuals that are sure to work hard on each project you give them.
Tips For Finding Quality Talent
There are of course countless ways that you can track down new team members but not all of them are effective. Keep reading learn more about a few of our favorites.
1. Look Within Your Current Staff
If you have an opening for a supervisor position, make sure you consider the employees you already have for a possible promotion. Giving those that have been loyal to you a chance to excel is great motivation for them to work harder and find more purpose in their work.
2. Speak To Your Staff About What Is Actually Needed
You may have an idea of what you are looking for, but the people that really know what is going to complete their team is the team themselves. Give them a chance to contribute to the thought process as you consider what type of individuals you are looking for. Opening up this opportunity to them will allow them to recommend possible candidates they may know and offer their help to you by reviewing resumes and qualifications of possible candidates.
3. Take A Look At Your Competition
Not everyone likes to consider themselves competitive, but comparing yourself to your competition is not aggressive, it simply helps you understand where you need to set the bar to be successful. If other companies in your industry are offering higher pay rates and benefits to their employees, there is no doubt that the truly talented workers will want to work there. Offer something that is just a little better than your competitors and you will be the top choice for your ideal candidates.
4. Do Not Underestimate Checking References
Calling a candidate’s references always feel like a nuisance, but it is incredibly necessary if you want to be sure that you are hiring someone you can depend on. Anyone can look up a resume online and read what kind of answers make them sound experienced in an interview, you need to be sure that they actually have the experience they claim to have and talk to one or two people who have worked with them. Furthermore, you should always conduct background checks for each person for the safety of your other employees and your company. If anything goes wrong, you could be liable for it if you failed to do the background check.
5. Use A Staffing Agency
A staffing agency not only does the background and reference checks for you, they have interviewed each of their candidates and collected a group of skilled individuals they can feel confident in. A staffing agency only matches people with companies that are sure to be a great fit. It saves you the time of having to post the position, filter through all of the responses and go through all of the interviews when they may not even prove to bring in any strong options. They speak with you in depth about what you are looking for and make it their prerogative to help you build a strong team that will last.
Finding Talent Does Not Have to Be a Pain
You know what it is that your company needs to accomplish, but it is not always easy to find enough people that will be dedicated in a way that will get the job done right.
By looking within the staff you have and then speaking to a staffing agency, you will find you no longer have to worry about the stresses of losing employees and filling positions. For more information on using a staff agency to find the ultimate candidates, contact us here.