Hiring qualified candidates can be a challenge for companies, especially in a booming economy with recent jobs numbers that were better than expected. You don’t want productivity or growth to suffer because you cannot find the right staff members, so it is important to understand the challenges you face and to learn how to overcome them.
Some of the biggest hiring challenges that employers are likely to encounter in 2017 and beyond include:
- A shortage of qualified workers. According to the most recent jobs report, there were 211,000 jobs created in April. This beat expectations set by economists. The unemployment rate is also down at 4.4 percent, which is significantly lower than it has been in recent years. With a low unemployment rate and more open positions, it may be more difficult for companies to attract enough qualified candidates for each job opening.
- An overabundance of applicants for job positions. While companies may not get a lot of qualified candidates who are serious about being hired, it is also likely they’ll receive a lot of resumes for any job ad they post. This is because the internet has made it so easy for job seekers to apply to tons of jobs, even positions they aren’t serious about or qualified for. When a person can send a resume to tons of employers with a click of a button, there is no cost to a job seeker to take this action. This leaves employers weeding through lots of resumes to find potential applicants who may be a good fit.
- A mismatch between the skills you need and the candidates who apply. There are lots of industries in which workers are retiring faster than new employees are coming in to fill the positions they are leaving behind. Many companies are looking for employees with skills that are different from the skills workers are bringing to the market. This can make it hard to find candidates who are able to do the work that you need done.
SmartTalent can help companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas overcome these hiring challenges and find employees who are going to be great additions to your staff. To find out more about how our staffing service can help you overcome any hiring issues you face, give us a call today.