Finding candidates has become quite problematic these days. The workforce is getting younger and millennials are leaning more towards working independently. Gen Z has also started entering the workforce and brings with them a completely new set of factors to consider in terms of culture and priority.
Fortunately, there are plenty of new tools currently available to recruiters that can be of great help during the hiring process.
Though using some of these tools requires a learning curve, the advent of new digital solutions, trends, and innovative technologies shouldn’t slow you down.
Let’s take a look at some new and innovative ways to hire new talent.
An increasing number of people are resorting to freelancing, with 47% of millennials preferring to work as freelancers instead of being under direct employment.
If you’re having trouble finding the right candidate to fill a specific position, then it might be time to consider looking for a contractor for specific projects.
Hiring freelancers also has certain advantages over hiring regular employees.
Freelancers are more cost-effective. You won’t have to bother with as much upkeep expenses or other costs like training and benefits otherwise reserved for regularized employees, such as healthcare.
Additionally, most freelancers are specialists in their chosen fields. You can expect experienced freelancers to produce the same quality that industry veterans can. However, hiring freelancers does not come without its fair share of disadvantages.
If you’re going to hire a freelancer, then make sure that you communicate with them consistently or work out a schedule for updates or remote alignment meetings.
Inadequate communication can cause major time delays if a concern is not addressed immediately, especially if the remote worker has more than one active contract.
Additionally, though it can be advantageous to do so, there is no real guarantee that a freelancer is will stay committed to your company. Even if their work was more than adequate, they may decide to end a contract after a project, which can translate into a lost asset for your company.
If you want to hire a freelancer, then you have several options. You can put up a job post on an online job board like Upwork or Fiverr then wait for freelancers to contact you, or you can contact them directly through recommendations.
Create an Attractive Working Environment
The rising popularity of freelancing suggests that there is something that people may dislike about the traditional office setting, or simply seek certain features that their current office can’t provide.
One of the many reasons as to why people like freelancing is flexibility, or the ability to work on a flexible schedule and manage their own time, often in their own space.
Flexibility and the ability to work remotely are often cited to be the best benefits of becoming a freelancer, on top of not having to deal with the nuances of daily office life like commuting and the need for office wear.
Though not all of these can be applied to a corporate setting, the same logic can be applied when recruiting regular employees. You can make your workplace more attractive if you can address some of the main gripes that some people have with office jobs.
One survey shows that 92% of millennials consider flexible working hours to be a top priority when looking for a job and 70% of UK employees find flexible jobs more attractive.
As an added bonus, flexible work hours can lower employee turnover rates and increase overall employee retention.
A work environment that pays attention to the well-being of its employees creates a positive impact on a company’s employer branding. If your company’s image to the public is seen as attractive, then your odds of getting more people to work with you can increase.
To create an attractive work environment, have a firm grasp on what people are looking for in a job. You can do this by conducting surveys among your employees or hold focus group discussions. Once you have what you’re looking for, you can adjust your office rules and policies accordingly.
Recruitment via Text Message
E-mail is the primary means of communication that people use for professional communication. It’s easy to use and is a reliable way to send messages with an extra touch of formality.
Texting isn’t normally attributed to recruitment unless it is to contact candidates who are already interested or have already applied for your company. It’s often seen as a more personal means of communication; one you use for friends and family.
Text message recruitment, however, has become a regular activity in the hiring process despite generalized perspectives. Recruiters have already begun using text messages to hire new talent and results have been rather surprising.
It’s been found that recruitment messages sent via text have a higher open-rate (98%) than the ones sent via email (20%) which is largely thanks to text messages being easier to access.
Furthermore, the fact that almost everyone spends a significant amount of time looking at their phones makes text message recruitment even more viable.
The chance of your text message being ignored is much lower because of people’s affinity for phones and the lack of a spam filter for texts which can decrease the downtime in your recruitment efforts.
Using texts to communicate with leads is easy and convenient for both parties. If you want to make heavy use of texting, then don’t forget to consider basic etiquette and live up to professional standards so as not to ruin the candidate experience.
Use Recruiting Software
Posting job adverts on online job boards and social media networks are two of the most popular ways of getting a nice boost to recruitment numbers. They’re quick, easy to do, and efficient if done right.
However, if you want to stay competitive with the rest of the organizations in the digital space, you’ll need to employ similarly digital solutions.
Recruiting software that makes use artificial intelligence is a very popular option that can help streamline and automate the recruitment process. For example, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) can help process large amounts of applications by organizing resumes and tracking interviews.
Meanwhile, Candidate Relationship Management (CRM) systems can help you create and nurture a bigger talent pool to choose from, letting recruiters focus on the more human aspects of the process.
There are also interviewing software tools that can tell whether or not a candidate is a good fit based on their speech patterns, word choices and even their facial expressions.
Using recruiting software can boost the efficiency of recruiters while also reducing the cost of each hire. It’s advised that you also keep an eye on the latest recruiting software trends and innovations as more advanced applications are made available to the public.
Recruiters should always know how to adapt to new situations. Every year, new trends emerge along with new technologies, techniques and methods that aim to attract better potential hires candidates that have the biggest chance of providing value to a company.
These new changes open up plenty of ways for recruiters to get the best fits for their companies, and they can help deliver the best results in the hands of an adaptive recruiter.