With current staffing shortages, and a shared vision to create a more equitable and just industry, the time to assess your hiring practices is NOW. We checked in with staffing and recruiting guru Tom Erb, who’ll be walking us through current and future recruiting and retaining practices next month at Looking Forward: The Future of Animal Welfare virtual conference. We asked Tom to share three specific things all agencies should be doing if they want to remain fair and competitive, and he didn’t disappoint.
“The biggest change to hiring practices has been supply and demand,” shares staffing industry consultant Tom Erb. “Employers have been used to being in control, but that has shifted drastically in the past several years, and it is now a candidate-controlled market.”
How does that play out in the real world? “Gone are the days when you could post a job and get dozens, even hundreds, of qualified candidates,” says Tom. “Candidates now have a variety of choices, so employers must focus on being more attractive to candidates.”
Here are the top three things you can do to bring your talent acquisition and retention policies into the future:
Identify 3 significant features of your company and/or the position you are hiring for that will most successfully attract and retain the right talent
Create job postings that are marketing pieces, not just job descriptions
Always be recruiting, even when you don’t have a current opening
For more on the current and future state of the labor market, and what that means for your recruiting practices, join Tom on Wednesday, December 8, for “The Future of Talent Acquisition and Retention.” It’s one of 7 sessions that make up this year’s virtual conference, and you can learn about the 3-day event and register here.
P.S. Planning to attend? YESSS! Tom has a little prep for you to do to get the most out of the session. “Ask your longer-term employees what initially attracted them and why they stay with your organization. This is the best insight into how to attract and retain future employees.”