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First-Mover Advantage Can Help You Find The Top Talent You Need

The market for talent is definitely heating up. This is especially true in the IT, healthcare, and legal professions.

So how do you stay ahead of your competition and ensure that you’re staying in front of your hiring needs? 

A good recruiting firm can help you streamline your search and hiring process. At Patel Consultants, we specialize in a wide range of Recruiting and Staffing Solutions. We have great candidates looking for great employers just like you. We can help you with all of your recruiting and staffing needs. 

In this post, we’ll discuss these four key actions to take to ensure that you have a seat at the talent acquisition table:

  • Be Analytical
  • Be Aggressive
  • Be Creative
  • Be Action-Oriented 

So what is the current state of the work-to-workforce equation? According to news giant CNN:

A March (2021) survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found that 42% of owners had job openings that could not be filled, a record high. Ninety-one percent of those hiring or trying to hire reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill.

It’s still a candidate’s market out there. So how do hiring managers and HR professionals make sure they’re maintaining a strong hiring posture?    

Be Analytical.

Take a close look at your current and future hiring needs and scrupulously analyze them. 

Are there any talent gaps in your current workforce? What are the top skills that you’ll be looking for with potential new employees in the next year?

Start some preliminary searches. Workforce turnover is high right now, and you might be able to take advantage of this trend. Employees are actively seeking and changing jobs for a number of reasons. Pay raises, opportunities for advancement, and flexible work options are high on the list of reasons for the spike in job changes.     

The bottom line? Analyze your staffing needs and adjust your hiring plans to current talent market forces and trends.

Be Aggressive.

Be aggressive with retention, search, and hiring practices. Make sure you’re addressing the potential of losing any valuable employees. You can accomplish this by being vigilant with respect to employee satisfaction metrics and by constantly staying competitive with innovative compensation and work-lifestyle employment options.

You’ve thoughtfully analyzed your current workforce, along with your near and mid-term hiring needs. Don’t be timid about accelerating some of your searches and hiring timelines in order to snap up some potentially great candidates. 

Be Creative.

San Francisco’s North Bay Business Journal offers some helpful advice:

Employers of all sizes are beginning to realize pay increases are not the only levers they can pull to attract and retain employees. Often, customized benefits and compensation strategies reduce operating expenses and, at the same time, better cater to employees’ physical, emotional, career and financial well-being.

HR pros and hiring teams will find new, innovative ways to retain, source, and hire candidates. This is especially relevant with passive job seekers who don’t post their resumes online or actively seek jobs through job boards. 

Both passive and active job seekers will be attracted to companies with great brands, inclusive, respectful cultures, and flexible employment options. It’s your job to make sure your company has all of those venerable qualities.  

Be Action-Oriented. 

It’s time to take action. You’ve done careful analysis, created some creative employment and compensation options, and you have a highly sought-after corporate brand. It’s time to consider recruiting and hiring some potential new employees in direct-hire, contractor, or temporary-to-hire roles. 

You might be surprised at the number of prospective new hires who will jump at the opportunity to get to know you and your company better with non-direct-hire options.

Be a first mover by engaging a professional staffing and recruiting agency as an extension of your HR team.

Patel Consultants is Here to Help

At Patel Consultants, we have specialists who focus on contract, part-time, and temp-to-hire employment options. We’d love to share our 40 plus years of experience recruiting in candidate-friendly hiring markets. 

We are an employee-centric, customer-oriented, Information Technology Services firm specializing in offering a wide range of IT Staffing Solutions to our growing customer base. 

At Patel, we practice what we preach. We are proud of the fact that a large number of internal Patel consultants are nearing ten years of employment with us. We recognize the value of employee retention as a long-term business benefit. 

Are you a hiring manager or human resources professional with a job search, or searches, underway? 

At Patel Consultants, we help clients just like you find the perfect hiring or staffing solution every day.

Be a first mover and call us today at 908-964-7575, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.