President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Trouble Filling Job Openings?
Here’s 5 Reasons Why!
In today’s work environment, employers are creating new administrative jobs very rapidly. Employees seem to have their pick. Companies are complaining that there are very few qualified applicants to choose from to fill their job openings, but that may not be accurate.
The reason may lie in the company’s staffing practices. Their process, which may seem at first as due diligence, can actually hinder the selection pool. Also, many potential applicants can be turned off by a company’s hiring process.
A big issue may be that the job description posted for the job opening is vague or doesn’t give potential employers the description that they are seeking. YOU know the expectations for the position, but unless they are conveyed properly, the job listing is not going to get enough attention. Therefore, the applicant pool will be small and there will be less of a choice.
Also, employees want to know about the corporate culture and work environment. Details about benefits and perks offered are also very essential in snagging the right candidate.
Another issue is that many bosses have unrealistic expectations for the person they want to hire. For example, they may want someone who has experience in their industry, as well as perfect SAT scores. They may be searching for a unicorn.
It is important to understand that you may be perfectly happy with an employee who doesn’t have all the qualifications you are listing in the description. Understand that personality counts for so much. Lowering expectations can lead to pleasant surprises.
In addition, many companies have hiring processes that are too long and involved. When job searching employees feel that time is money. Therefore, filling out a lengthy application, having a video interview followed up by 2 personal interviews may cause you to lose good candidates.
By keeping the process simple and straight forward, you show potential employees that you are eager to move ahead.
In a competitive market, where good applicants are at a premium, it is important to keep the salaries competitive. This is not the time to be penny wise. Applicants are interested in working in an environment where the compensation is in line with the going rates. An employee is much more likely to consider higher paying offers. Save money somewhere else.
Job seekers appreciate frequent communication and it goes a long way in terms of good relations. If they don’t hear from you, they may assume that you are not interested in hiring them. Keep them updated as often as possible.
Hiring the right candidate in this economy is not an easy task. However, following these guidelines can help you alleviate stress and streamline the process.
If you need help finding the right candidate for your job openings, please call us at 212-244-2777 for advice. We specialize in staffing administrative assistant in New York City.