Hiring teams in industrial and general labor face many challenges. The skills you need are in high demand, but low in supply. Rapid growth and large contracts require fast ramp-ups, and a sudden onslaught of new talent can lead to training backlogs and potential safety issues. No matter what challenges your company faces, operations can grind to a halt when you can’t get the right people in the right jobs at the right time. Here are some tips to help you overcome your biggest hiring challenges in 2016.
Know Exactly What You’re Looking For
If you’ve been working off the same job descriptions for years, it’s time to sit down with supervisors and managers to rework those documents. You must know exactly what skills and qualifications they need for each position, and you also want to know what types of personality attributes and soft skills they are looking for as well. Rework job descriptions so that you can improve the accuracy of your candidate matches.
Encourage Employee Referrals
Your existing team can provide you with high-quality referrals for your open positions. They know people with in-demand skill sets, and most employees know better than to recommend someone who isn’t a good fit. A referral program rewards team members for making strong recommendations through cash bonuses, gift cards, extra days off or other incentives. These rewards encourage people to take the time to make introductions and can help you fill your pipeline with strong labor.
Differentiate Yourself From the Crowd
When it comes to the labor market, employers struggle to differentiate themselves. The best workers want to work for the best companies, and if you want to attract strong talent, you’ve got to find a way to distinguish yourself from competitors. Candidates look for solid benefits packages, the opportunity to earn more, good work-life balance, and the chance to advance. Don’t be afraid to discuss these features clearly and openly in your ads.
Work With a Staffing Partner
One of the most effective ways to ensure you have access to a pool of talented candidates exactly when you need them is to partner with a recruiting firm that specializes in your industry. They can take over the entire process from creating job descriptions to placing ads to screening employees, managing drug tests and checking references. By the time a candidate arrives at your door, they have already been vetted, and your team merely needs to evaluate fit.
Staffing agencies can connect you with full-time, part-time, temporary, and temp-to-hire labor to meet changes in demand, expansion into new geographic locations, rapid growth, or seasonal workload. If you are ready to overcome your biggest industrial hiring challenges in 2016, contact Personnel Staffing, Inc. today. Our proven processes will help you avoid downtime, control costs and increase productivity – all while ensuring attention to safety. Reach out to us today to learn more about our customized labor solutions.