Despite some uncertainty surrounding the return of normal work life for all, we are pleased to see that some employers are feeling hopeful about getting back to business by turning their attention to recruitment.
Businesses recruiting is good news; but vacancies going unfilled means that time, money, and energy is poorly spent. So, what could be causing a drawn-out search for staff? Considering the mass redundancies of 2020, shouldn’t it be much easier to fill a role?
The fact is, like many aspects of work in the past year, recruitment has changed. There are several contributing factors as to why and how this has happened, so if you’re seeking to hire new staff this year, read on for a little help from HR.
How is recruitment different in 2021?
Recruitment in 2021 presents a whole new playing field. There are new challenges for employers to overcome when hiring.
Pandemic-proof is in demand
For starters, many people that were made redundant are re-evaluating their options and looking to re-train for a pandemic-proof role. Because of this, industries hardest hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality, may find that they need to sweeten their offering to attract new hires. On the flipside, pandemic-proof industries can see an influx in under-qualified applicants who are eager to learn.
Job security is a perk
Highly skilled workers were less likely to be made redundant last year and could be sticking with their current employer for job security, thus reducing the number of qualified candidates applying for vacancies. It may take more than a pre-pandemic benefits package and one email to tempt them away.
Virtual introductions are the new norm
Virtual interviews and inductions became common place during lockdown and the convenience they provide suggests that this is a trend likely to stick around for some time. On the plus side, businesses offering homeworking may reach a wider pool of talent with location no longer being a decider. Virtual recruitment can however be difficult to manage if the Internet has a down day.
Taking the time to get recruitment right in 2021
Whether it’s down to too many applicants or simply not enough, hiring for your business post-pandemic can be a time-consuming task. Cutting corners may be tempting, but this can cause problems later down the line.
For example, be wary of candidates willing to accept a significant pay-cut or demotion to work for you. They may have been out of work for some time and eager to accept their first offer, but could leave you hanging as soon as something better comes along. We’d always advise paying someone what they are worth, even if it means holding out a little longer.
Actively looking for candidates has become commonplace, in the same way that you might be looking for customers. Research and relationship building have never been more important when seeking skilled staff to work for your business.
Equally important in 2021 is the experience being offered to new candidates with their pick of jobs. From safety to inclusivity and flexibility, non-tangible benefits are becoming increasingly desirable job perks. Does your job ad include key benefits such as these?
Help from your HR Dept
If you’re drowning in CVs, have had your fill of virtual interviews already this year or simply want some advice on reaching the right candidates, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your recruitment plan for 2021 and get back some valuable time to spend growing your business.
36% of permanent contracts are terminated before their first birthday. The main factor in the failure of a recruitment? The mismatch of the candidate’s soft skills with those sought for the position.
At HR Dept Ireland, we use WeSuggest to assess the soft skills of your candidates, based on the job and the team requirements. As system experts, we are in a great position to help you get your recruitment right.