How to Fill Tough Jobs when Unemployment is Low

When unemployment is low, job seekers can afford to be picky. Great for them, but where does that leave you? You’ve still got work that needs to be done and you need people willing and able to do it. In this economy, you might need to think outside the box a little to achieve your hiring goals.

Convert Full-Time Jobs to Temporary

For jobs with a high rate of burnout and turnover, consider filling them on a temporary basis. The oil and gas industry, in particular, can lend itself to this option because demand can vary and there are a lot of physically demanding jobs to fill.

Beef Up Your Referral Program

The best source of new employees is likely to be your existing employees. They already know what’s what and can fill in new prospects on what to expect so you don’t end up with candidates who have no idea what they’re getting into.

Be Willing to Train

Often, employers approach a search with a wishlist that is frankly, unrealistic. Put yourself in the candidate’s shoes. If you had their level of skill and experience, would you be willing to work for the pay rate you’re offering in the conditions they need to work in?

Someone with a great attitude, a solid work ethic and willingness to learn might end up being your best employee.

Focus On the Positive

A job posting that only lists the worst parts of every job isn’t likely to attract qualified candidates. Instead, you’ll need to balance honesty about the work with information about what the worker gets from doing it.

For instance, if your company has an outstanding benefits package, emphasize it in the job posting. If flexible scheduling or a family atmosphere are among your most popular offerings, put them in the job add.

But Don’t Sugarcoat It

Obscuring the difficult or dirty work required in a particular position may seem like a good way to get candidates in the door. It’s also likely you’ll lose them either in the hiring process or shortly after they’ve been hired when they see what the job is really like.

Instead, be straightforward about the work required. Candidates will apply with a better sense of what the job demands, and they’ll appreciate an employer who is candid with them from the start.

Work With a Staffing Firm

A specialized staffing firm like Eclipse Professional Services can give you a real competitive advantage. Not only do they know the kind of skills and attitude successful candidates need, they know where to find them and can “sell” them on the advantages of working for you, for example, the work may be hard, but the culture and your management staff is amazing.

Looking to Staff Up?

At Eclipse Professional Services, we help manufacturing and warehouse employers in the greater Dallas area find the qualified staff they need for every job, no matter how thankless it seems. To learn more, contact us today.

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