Recruitment strategies for 2021 and beyond

December 6th, 2021 | Industry News

There are national, and even international, changes that are affecting the world of recruitment. In Taiwan, a new law has allowed for greater flexibility in recruiting foreign professionals, and especially, making Taiwan a more attractive place for graduates to come and live – and work. Web based recruitment software shows a definite trend for major companies to have upped their game around international recruitment, and the legislation makes clear it’s not just C-suite positions that they are recruiting for. Another thing that recruitment software reveals is the extent to which all potential candidates above entry level are being sought, even wooed, by forward-thinking employers. From LinkedIn articles through to targeted advertising, graduate level employees are being exposed to employment opportunities and introduced to potential future employers in systematic ways that require creative approaches and excellent recruitment CRM software to identify, engage and maintain relationships with a talent pool.

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Hidden reasons to use a recruitment agency

November 30th, 2021 | Industry News

Many people understand the obvious reasons to use recruitment services:

  • Saving money – recruitment agencies and recruitment software in particular, save any company money by working more efficiently, automating processes and freeing up your personnel to do their jobs
  • Drawing on wider resources – your exposure to your own industry can be partial at best, because there’s all that stuff about confidentiality and competitiveness that can make it difficult to have real depth. The best recruitment software for agencies helps recruiters to identify outstanding candidates that might not be visible to you.

But there are other reasons that should be taken into account when you’re deciding whether to use a recruitment agency, such as:

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Budget responses and candidate ‘journeys’

November 16th, 2021 | Industry News

When Rishi Sunak suggested that funding for apprenticeships, skills bootcamps and creating new Institutes of Technology would help fill the vacancies gap, the response from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation was swift. Whilst welcoming these initiatives a spokesperson said that the apprenticeship levy was ‘acting as a brake on prospects for young people’.

Recruitment database software confirms that many younger candidates lack entry level skills for a lot of jobs, and that while the proposed numeracy programme – Multiply – may help, recruitment management software cannot resolve the issue that access to training and development is unevenly applied across the UK.

For employers, especially when recruiting at the entry level, this can be a huge issue. There’s not much scope for relocation or commuting at that end of the career spectrum, and yet without good candidates at the base level, organisations cannot up-skill or train employees to grow with their employer.

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Needing more workers means doing more work

October 25th, 2021 | Industry News

The stark truth about recruitment in the 2021 is that it’s hard work! In the USA three-quarters of companies say they are struggling to fulfil vacancies, 77% say they expect this to continue for at least a year. In the UK job vacancies between July and September 2021 hit a record high of 1,102,000. Simply put, people are leaving work and nobody is taking their place. Companies need to learn to think differently to succeed.

Key points are:

Explore the future

Technology will be your friend or your enemy – it’s up to you. As you grow or change your team, consider how the future of work is changing. Remote working is a reality that we were forced to adjust to, but what other forms of technology can you adopt to help you find candidates? The best recruitment CRM doesn’t just spot candidates, it shapes the way your company engages with them and defines how your organisation is seen.

Look at your budget

What do you need to fund, apart from salaries? Do you need better recruitment software? Should you be running an advert online? Would a meet-and-greet event in a local hotel help? Are there benefits you can offer, or add-ons that won’t upset your current workforce, that might help you succeed at recruitment?

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Full database – empty jobs: the conundrum of recruitment post-COVID

October 13th, 2021 | Industry News

Even the best recruitment software for agencies can’t make people sign up for work. The UK furlough scheme has ended, emergency unemployment benefits in the USA ceased several weeks ago, but the expected upsurge in interest in work hasn’t emerged. The President of the American Staffing Association puts it this way, “People who have been on the sidelines have by and large stayed on the sidelines”. In July there were a record 10.9 million job vacancies int the USA.

So what can recruiters do? Online recruitment software can use a softly softly approach engaging potential employees, using automated systems like newsletters and follow up emails to keep in touch with candidates who once expressed interest in employment but are now hesitating to go back to work. Addressing the reasons that people aren’t seeking work can help employers find new staff. There’s been a surge in online applications, but not a matching one in face-to-face engagement. Why?

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Furlough fall out in the UK

September 22nd, 2021 | Industry News

The end of the furlough scheme in September is not expected to have much impact on the record number of empty jobs in the UK, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation is warning. There were 1.6 million vacancies at the beginning of September, and the number is growing. Recruitment agencies are reporting that these shortfalls are hitting both highly qualified jobs and basic labour positions, which is exacerbated by the effects of Brexit. Over a million employees will find out their employment status on 30 September when the scheme ends and UK agencies making the best use of recruitment software have shown a surge of currently employed people looking for their next job ahead of expected bad news on that date. Of course bad news for some will be they have no job to return to, while for others it will be being asked to return to work!

Changing careers is a real option – currently in demand are delivery drivers, driving instructors, plumbers and vehicle repairers.

Talent attraction in the recruitment future

September 7th, 2021 | Industry News

Almost every country and business sector in the world is still experiencing the seismic shift to working from home caused by the pandemic. While SAAS recruitment agencies have had the jump on high street based recruiters when it comes to adjusting to recruiting within, and for, industries that haven’t decided their own future shape yet, there’s still much to be learned. For the first time, candidates are ‘ghosting’ employment offers. It’s not clear why this is happening, although recruitment CRM software shows that it’s happening at the latest possible stage in the process – candidates are going right up to the job offer point before simply disappearing and never responding to emails/texts/messages. Partly it may be that people want the reassurance that they are still valuable to potential employers, partly it’s simply due to the fact that, like online dating, the risk of dropping out feels much lower if all the engagement has been online. Some of the reason though, is that it’s undoubtedly a candidate’s market. Anybody with a relevant skill set is free to shop around and see what’s out there, and window shopping doesn’t mean people are in the market to buy… just that they’re amusing themselves with a look at the landscape.

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Is good for jobs always bad for recruiters?

August 28th, 2021 | Industry News

With specialist blogs and the Financial Times agreeing that this is a good time to be a job hunter, Recruit So Simple is asking whether that necessarily means that it’s a bad time to be hunting for employees.

There’s no doubt that the shortage of labour has driven up entry level salaries. The best recruitment CRM is well capable of tracking year on year or even month on month trends like this, and it’s borne out by a KPMG survey which shows that July’s starting salaries had been inflated by the highest rate for 24 years.

Online recruitment software helps companies beat the recruitment downturn

Brexit and the pandemic have both driven recruitment woes. One way that web based recruitment software is helping buck the trend is by reaching potential recruits where they are most easily to be found – in their own homes, in front of their own screens. The ability to automate processes that engage applicants such as posting blogs on LinkedIn or posting adverts on popular sites, can then be used to free recruitment consultants or HR professionals to engage online with those who respond – as fewer people are available for jobs and more people are cautious about attending big events like the traditional job fairs, this is a good route to both attract people and weed out the inappropriate applicants, giving employers both a larger pool of candidates and a better filtered one.

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Recruitment – orchestration and end of life

August 16th, 2021 | Industry News

Recruitment agencies, often seen as one of the industries that have been enthusiastic about using the internet to improve their business, may actually be lagging behind when it comes to using cloud and software-as-a-service (SAAS) based recruitment technologies.

“Orchestration”, the process of “defragmenting” processes used more commonly in sales operations, can also help SAAS recruitment agencies to create more innovative ways to reach candidates, improve their engagement and be proactive not just in identifying good candidates but also in using web based recruitment software to find potential clients and develop relationships that lead to profit. Another place where orchestration can be beneficial is in handling the grunt work of checking details on CVs and developing a candidate pool that can actually see a rejection as a positive, because it’s followed up with a chance to remain on the books and be offered a position down the line.

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Lewis Hamilton and HR software – what’s the link?

July 29th, 2021 | Industry News

Everybody knows seven-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, and his untiring advocacy for better access and representation for Black people. A new report called Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport, might seem to have limited relevance to UK recruiting, despite being a worthy contribution to the debate – it actually it has strong recommendations for all organisations.

Recruitment database software is one of the tools that can be used for good in this area. As the report highlights, Lewis Hamilton was expelled from school for something he didn’t do – and with Black Caribbean students being 1.7 times more likely to be excluded than their white counterparts, one of the recommendations is that employers, especially SMEs – who might be too small to have their own HR teams and therefore use recruiters who in turn use recruitment agency software – should be imaginative in their approach. If Black students are more likely to be excluded, they are less likely to have traditional GCSEs. The best recruitment CRM can be used to look for equivalent skills, perhaps apprenticeship training, perhaps voluntary work, that reveal the true skills and capacities of the individual. The report talks about there being 4,000 UK motorsport companies, mostly SMEs. Where companies have to search through applications by hand, they may easily miss these candidates, while good recruiting software with wider parameters, will find them.

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