From producing a memorable CV to making a good first impression during an interview, job-seekers have traditionally worked hard to sell themselves to prospective employers. Now, in a candidate’s market, the tables have turned. For the first time in three decades, there are more job openings than candidates to fill them.
Questions to ask yourself
With more options, multiple offers and real negotiating power, candidates are often empowered to choose from a pool of interested parties.
And with such a wide scope for opportunity, employees do not need to stay with an employer that doesn’t offer the benefits or flexibility they’re looking for – or align with their values and aspirations.
So, it’s vital that businesses now ask themselves the question “why should a candidate choose my organisation to work for?”
Statistics show that employees are looking for the best company culture, learning and development opportunities and mental health support when making their selection. How things have changed
This article from Harvard Business Review, highlights a year long study during the pandemic which make some really good points on how things have changed from a candidate point of view.
Employees expect flexible options - According to the 2021 study, 88% of workers say that when searching for a new position, they look for one that offers complete flexibility in their hours and location.
Employees want to re-imagine how productivity is measured – 86% of employees said they prefer to work for a company that prioritises outcomes over output.
Employees want to work with a diverse team - 86% of employees believe that a diverse workforce will be even more important as roles, skills and company requirements change over time.
Great news for business leaders
The good news is that capturing and retaining the interest of talent is absolutely possible, and can start withthe right recruitment consultants.
Alongside that, without the restriction of location, business leaders can expand their potential to attract a more flexible and diverse workforce.
“We work with clients to help them understand that they should not be looking at diversity as a quota to meet, and flexibility as something they are forced to offer - but focus on creating a culture where diversity thrives.”
Mark Porch, Divisional Director, Omega
“At Omega, we immerse ourselves into our clients and fully understand their teams and culture, not just the position we are looking to fill. This enables us to easily identify and attract the best candidates and match them with our clients business.”
What step will you take today?
2022 is going to be an important year in terms of attracting a talented workforce, and the value and benefits of working with a recruiter are threefold - understanding of the market, sourcing the best candidates and selling your organisation and the role.
Why not speak to one of our experienced recruiters about what employees need from you, and make some simple plans to achieve your goals?
We’d love to hear from you on 01453 827 333 or through Facebook page here.