Have You Tried These Hiring Solutions?

You’re finding it difficult to fill a growing list of open positions, and it’s especially frustrating because you’ve tried everything. Or have you? 

Amid a historically tight job market, innovative approaches are crucial to attracting, acquiring and retaining the professionals an organization needs to be successful. While most hiring managers understand that, they also struggle with how to go about it. Here are four suggestions for uncovering untapped talent amid the current labor shortage. 

1) Be creative. You’re trying to fill a role that has typically been a Monday-Friday, 9-to-5, in-the-office position. Is there any reason a new hire has to fit that profile? Could he or she work flexible hours? In a hybrid or remote capacity? Do you need a single person, or would a 2-person job share accomplish the same goal? Rather than forcing employees to fit into your company’s schedule, try working with their schedules – you might be surprised at what opportunities that opens up. 

2) Explore non-traditional talent pools. Previous experience is important – and might be essential depending on the role – but in some cases, aptitude can be just as valuable. While it may require some training, you could turn up a diamond in the rough. Think of recent college graduates, or part-time students finishing up degrees. Or, consider retirees who want to stay active, but on a limited schedule. In any of those cases, you may find a great fit for your organization. 

3) Consider unconventional candidates. Typically, an employer will come across an application from someone with a past legal issue and automatically remove that individual from consideration. Same goes for a candidate with gaps in their work history. There may be valid reasons for either that can only be understood during an interview; on top of that, people do change and a second chance might be all that person needs. Now is the right time to stay open-minded. 

4) Consider those with differing abilities. There are so many loyal, hard-working and talented people who simply need an opportunity to shine. From those on the autism spectrum and working with ARCs to others in mental health programs or receiving New York State Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) benefits, there are a host of roles that could be perfectly suited for them while also answering the needs of an employer.

There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to recruiting. One thing is certain, though: in the current marketplace, an effective recruiting process requires a fresh approach. Employers that understand and follow this path will increase their chances of success when it comes to hiring and keeping great employees in a difficult job market. 

Need help locating and leveraging unique pools of talent? Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Tom Schin Director, Talent Acquisition Partnerships & Recruiting Consulting Services for Alaant Workforce Solutions

Tom SchinDirector, Talent Acquisition Partnerships & Recruiting Consulting Services

When he’s not working, Tom is an avid board game enthusiast, from Catan to Canasta, who makes sure game night is fun for everyone (even though they’ll probably lose). He’s also fond of celebrating his status as a child of the ‘80s by watching Star Wars, listening to U2, and reminiscing about his (gone-but-not-forgotten) Andre Agassi haircut.