5 Tips for Hiring in a Tight Labor Market

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As an hourly employer, you know very well it takes longer to staff up your team in today’s market (find out how we can help with your seasonal staffing needs!)

The good news is that there are high-performing candidates and quality hires even in a tight labor market. What is pertinent for you to know is how to attract them. Here are 5 tips on how to hire in a tight labor market.

1. Identify the right talent. As discussed in our previous Blog, How to Develop an Hourly Recruitment Strategy, your current employees are your best brand advocates. Leverage your current employee network and offer incentives for employee referrals. No one will refer a poor candidate, since his or her reputation is on the line too. Post your current job opportunities to multiple job boards and social media channels to increase awareness to your openings. We do this for you by distributing your jobs to the most popular local job boards– like Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, Nuevo, and Juju – and also to popular social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

2. Be specific when placing your job ads. Last week, we discussed the importance of your job titles and descriptions when attracting quality applicants. Be detailed about your requirements – skills, previous experience, age, and salary requirements – to keep less qualified applicants from applying.

3. Keep a healthy flow of applicants. At ZippyApp, our goal is not just to provide you with quality applicants at a time of need, but also to provide a steady stream for future needs. Always be on the lookout for quality hires – post a ‘Future’ job opening on ZippyApp that way you can archive and have quality hires on hand for when they are needed.

4. Reduce your employee turnover. The single best way to reduce your employee turnover and dodging the costs of a bad hire is to hire the right people from the start. Don’t think you have to settle on hiring a low-quality applicant because you feel you are unable to hire a good quality one. You are better off leaving a position open and un-filled than hiring a less-talented employee.

5. Be aware of your employer reputation. Which brings us to our final point – create a good employer reputation to attract the highest quality candidates. Don’t compromise your job requirements for poor talent just to fill a position. Poor performers at your company can turn-off your best performers, as talented employees want to work for companies that house other good talent. Good talent, after all, is what gives your company and brand a competitive advantage. The companies and brands that receive the highest applicant flow on ZippyApp not surprisingly are the ones that also receive great rating on employer-review sites like Glassdoor. When a company cares for its employees and for good talent, high-performing candidates seek employment there.

Do you have any tips to share? Comment your thoughts below!

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