Overcoming the Current Hiring Challenges

As an organization, finding the right people is key. This can be easier said than done. In today’s world, with the recent impact of COVID-19, the recruiting process seems to be more challenging than ever, as work trends have changed. We are going to review some of the present hiring difficulties and provide some guidance as to how organizations can overcome the current hiring challenges.

What are the current hiring challenges?

Companies looking to hire new candidates and fill open positions are facing some unique challenges that have not been seen in the past. After over a year of many people working from home or not working at all, the demand for careers has changed and people are looking for new and different opportunities. Let’s review some of the current hiring challenges seen by organizations looking to expand their workforce.

  • Increased Desire for Remote Work: As more people have had the opportunity to work remotely, many are finding they like it and want to remain at home. According to PwC, 22% of employees said they are considering or planning a move more than 50 miles away from their current job. This creates a challenge for organizations who are seeking candidates who need to physically be on location.
  • Remote and Virtual Hiring: Job seekers are not the only ones who are working from home, so are hiring professionals. This creates a new challenge, as face-to-face interviews are off the table. Meeting and interviewing a candidate in person can provide valuable insights to both the candidate about the organization and the organization about the candidate. Another thing to note is that not all candidates have access to virtual ways to interview, so that eliminates a pool of people.
  • It is an Employee Market: In the past, employers have had the upper hand when it comes to finding the right candidate. There were more people searching for work than there were jobs, so organizations could be very selective with their hiring decisions. In the current atmosphere, it is an employee market, meaning there are more open positions than job seekers, giving candidates the opportunity to be more selective in their job selections.
  • Career Reevaluation: Whether people lost their jobs or their jobs shifted to more remote work, candidates are reevaluating their career paths and current roles more than has been seen in the past. The fact is, a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. A Pew Research Center survey found that 66 percent of unemployed people have “seriously considered” changing their field of work. This adds new challenges to the current hiring process, as candidates may not have experience in the areas they are applying or they may not really know what type of career they are seeking.

What are ways for overcoming the current hiring challenges?

The best way for organizations to find the right candidates for open positions, is to work with a recruiting company as a partner. Recruiting professionals can help you fill vacant roles while helping candidates find the right career for them. Allow a professional recruiting team to take on the task of navigating the current hiring environment and overcoming the obstacles.

Mackinnon & Partners is the place for your search to find professional technical staff. Our purpose is to connect the right candidate with the right job in a variety of industries and offer an unmatched level of knowledge and expertise in every interaction with our clients.

With vast experience in energy recruitment, we have adapted to the complex, ever-changing modern marketplace by expanding into emerging renewables and technology recruitment, vendor management, and other workforce solutions around the globe. With a comprehensive understanding of each client’s needs, we deliver necessary staffing resources on time and on budget.

Allow us to help you overcome the current hiring challenges. Contact us today.

Jack Miller

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