For companies with seasonal high-volume recruiting needs, every year can seem like “déjà vu all over again.” The pressure to find a large number of qualified candidates in a short span of time never goes away. In fact, it’s gotten even more challenging in recent years, as unemployment rates hover around historic lows and the number of jobs added increases.
In certain markets and for high-demand skill sets, the unemployment rate is even lower — often less than two percent. In some industries, candidates may receive anywhere from seven to nine calls a week from recruiters. It’s not enough to post jobs and hope to secure enough qualified candidates. You’re not only competing against other employers within your industry, you’re competing for broader skill sets across many industries.
What’s at risk?
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Any deficiencies in staffing resources can lower a company’s productivity during its busiest time of year, taking a significant portion of revenue and profit down with it. Employee value propositions (EVP) come into play and are enhanced or impeded with the effectiveness of the hiring.
At the crux of the issue is the sheer volume. If you need to hire one or two employees, it is still relatively simple to source, recruit and hire adequate talent, whereas it can be exponentially difficult to hire hundreds of employees at one time. It seems fitting that the answer is also grounded in numbers.
Hit the reset button
Most ramp-up hiring begins with a look at historical data from prior years, but that’s just a baseline. What was done last year isn’t necessarily what will work this year; reviewing and focusing on the need to change as the market tightens is the right approach.
In the past, employers were able to acquire talent in a competitive landscape just by increasing the pay rate. However, that change alone is not enough — employers need additional reasons for their offer to be chosen over others. More and more, companies are offering opportunities to work from home and other company benefits in addition to good pay to be seen as an employer of choice. By ensuring their EVP remains compelling, employers can stand out among the competition.
Five keys to a successful volume hiring process
So what are some specific actions companies should take in order to meet their high-volume hiring needs? Here are some recommendations:
Just fulfilling requisitions each year isn’t the only benefit a recruiting firm should offer a client with ramp hiring needs. The most beneficial firms should also offer straight talk about what the market can offer and help solve issues central to each client’s broader mission. Every business faces the same challenge — how to allocate limited resources most efficiently. Look for a trusted recruiting partner with the strategy and methodical approach to guarantee your ramp hiring needs are met.
Article by Robert Barsamian, CSP, PMP
Strategic Delivery Executive, Aerotek Ramp Operations Center
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