You might be used to hearing that it’s an “employer’s market” right now – with an abundance of people looking for work, employers are considered to have the upper hand and more opportunity to find the best staff. And yet, employers are still struggling to find staff they want to hire and are struggling to keep the staff they have. Attracting the right staff for your company and keeping them can all be addressed with a few key changes.
MAKE SURE YOUR JOB POSTING ADEQUATELY DESCRIBES THE JOB YOU NEED TO FILL.
Have you ever started a job and thought, “this is nothing like I thought it would be”? Many job descriptions are out-dated or do not reflect the work that needs to be done. Review tasks the employee would be required to complete on a day-to-day basis, and build the skill set from there. When a job turns out to be close to what your job posting asks for, you’ll get better applicants who won’t start searching for work when they discover the job is different than they thought.
MAKE THE WAGE MATCH THE SKILL SET YOU ARE ASKING FOR.
When you ask for an abundance of skills in a job posting, expect to post an average or above-average wage for similar positions in your geographic location to ensure you get the right quality of applicant. Evaluate the skill set you’ve asked for in your posting and research similar positions in your area. When an employee is fairly compensated for their skills, they’re more likely to stay long term instead of using the position as a stepping stone.
PROVIDE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Your business is constantly evolving – and so too should your staff. If you want to keep up with market demands, having staff who have the most current skills in a particular area will serve you best. Staff who feel invested in will be less likely to leave as well as stay engaged by being able to try new things. If you’re looking for an applicant to fill a static position that you foresee will have little opportunity to change and grow, be honest in the interviewing stage. You’re less likely to hire the wrong person by setting the right expectations in the beginning.
Keep an eye for more strategies in our next installment of ATTRACTING THE RIGHT STAFF AND KEEPING THEM – EMPLOYER SERIES! See Part 2 Here!
Casey Kidd | Employer Liaison | Agilec