As the tight labor market persists—and is predicted to intensify throughout 2020—it becomes increasingly difficult to place talent and fill job orders faster. The widespread phenomenon of the skills gap, where employers find themselves confronted with candidates who don’t meet job requirements, makes placing talent even more challenging. To keep up with growing demand, many employers are putting their focus on improving new candidate acquisition processes. But if your goal is to fill job orders faster with minimum cost, there are solutions that lie within your staffing company’s already existing pool of candidates. The first solution revolves around upskilling your current employee base to meet employer requirements, a rising trend in the staffing industry. The second focuses on using communication tools to maximize the use of your current pool of candidates.
One way to address hiring challenges during a severe talent shortage is through upskilling employees, which is the practice of training candidates in desirable skills. There are several benefits that upskilling can bring your company:
- Save money by focusing on candidates already within your system in place of searching for new candidates.
- Add value to your candidates, making your agency more competitive and increasing the chances that candidates will stick with your agency.
- Obtain a larger range of talent in your candidates. Your candidates will have a wider variety of marketable skills after upskilling, so you have more opportunities to place talent and fill job orders faster.
Upskilling is a trend that’s starting to gain traction in the staffing industry, and with good reason. It’s a way of investing in the candidates you already have and makes your agency an optimal place for temporary employees to work for. Ultimately, taking advantage of upskilling opportunities will allow you to place current talent quickly and efficiently, saving your recruiters time and energy.
Warren Buffet once told business students that investing in communication skills was the easiest way to improve their value by 50%. The same concept holds true for anyone in any industry, including staffing. To get the most out of your candidate pool and find the talent you need to fill orders, it’s crucial that communication with your candidates is clear, simple, and leads to action. It should be easy and quick for you to get in touch with your candidates and vice versa.
The mode of communication for staffing agencies is especially crucial for recruiters to get right. This can be accomplished with a mobile-friendly system that offers simplified time entry methods and a chat function, such as the TempWorks Buzz mobile app. In addition to providing ease of communication and a time entry function, TempWorks Buzz also allows you to send out mass job offers to all temporary employees and receive direct replies from those who are interested. The job offers are sent out via push notifications, which candidates receive on their smartphones. When they accept a job offer, their job assignment is automatically created in TempWorks Software’s applicant tracking system, TempWorks Beyond. This kind of efficiency can help significantly reduce the time it takes you to fill job orders.
While it’s necessary to always be on the lookout for new talent, it pays to invest in the candidates you already have and in tools that allow you to communicate effectively with those candidates. Contact us today for more information on how our mobile staffing tools can help your team fill orders faster with your current candidate pool.