Now Hiring: Where Are All the People?
Where are all the people coming from to fill the needs of employers in this market today?
Truth be told, there are difficulties even for us professionals to find the right people for the open positions our client employers have available. That is no secret. There are more openings than qualified applicants. We’ve been through this before so it simply requires us to use different approaches and to condense time frames.
This is a two-pronged situation.
First, for those who are well qualified, this might be a golden opportunity to consider a change in your employment.
That is true almost without regard to what your skill set and experience might include. If you are good at what you do, and if you have a solid track record, this is likely the opportune time to see what is available. We can help you. Call or stop in today!
If you are an employer who needs qualified talent to help you continue to grow your business, this is a good time to look even though this market is relatively tight. There is good talent available especially for some skill sets BUT you will need to be ready to pull the trigger quickly when Ms. or Mr. Right appears. A tight doesn’t mean an impossible market; but it does mean that we have to be able to close the deal more quickly than was the case six to eight months ago. Candidates and employers are now moving more rapidly while still touching all the right bases.
True, employers are finding it tough to locate the right people today and to do that in a relatively short time frame. Our team of talent scouts is good but they do not walk on water…at least not very often. The sooner you can alert us to a coming need, the better for you, the candidates and us.
Unemployment is obviously standing at 3%.
There is a diminished talent pool. Both statements are true. We have found that these tight times can be some of the most lucrative for all parties. It is good for employees seeking to make their move. It is good for employers who have needs in such a hot market. Both feel the need for a stepped up pace in the search, interview and offer/closing stages. Foot dragging is not often a problem today.
We encourage you to look starting today, even if your plans call for bringing a new hire on are 30 to 60 or more days down the road.
Do your best to anticipate future needs today and let us begin the search process sooner. We will still apply our usual critical reviews of references and so on. Just because the market is a little tighter, mistakes simply can’t be tolerated in the search and hiring process.
We encourage prospective candidates to recognize that even with more openings today than is normal, finding the right spot rather than simply the next spot is even more critical than it has ever been. We’re in the business of helping both sides especially in times such as these. The value of our service increases in tight times.
Fred D’Amato, President