Despite high levels of unemployment, many Colorado employers have difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill job openings. Employers point to the talent pool’s lack of technical job skills, experience, business knowledge or formal qualifications. However, the same employers often avoid using staffing agencies to help sift through the candidate pool, citing cost as a barrier. These employers should weigh the cost of having the wrong person in a position due to a poor hire, the cost of lost opportunity by having a position unfilled and the cost of endlessly searching for a candidate when it is not their expertise.
Going it alone, a business must publish a job listing; collect, organize and review application materials, such as cover letters and resumes; prescreen applicants through informal or phone interviews; schedule and attend formal assessment meetings; contact and check references; verify past employment; authorize a compensation package; and extend a job offer that may or may not be accepted. Depending on the requirements of the position, the hiring process can take a few weeks to a few months.
To save the time and money needed for a direct-hire, a business can outsource its hiring activities to a staffing agency. Staffing agencies specialize in attracting, screening and selecting the right person for the job. First, a staffing agency meets with a business to determine its needs. This involves understanding its organizational structure, cultural norms and business environment in an in-depth and comprehensive way. Once these goals are defined, a staffing agency scans the job market for appropriate candidates.
John Lees is a UK-based career strategist and the author of “How to Get a Job You Love.” In a recent HBR IdeaCast podcast with the Harvard Business Review, he offered some great tips for how to conduct a smarter job search during this tough economic climate. How do you find a job you like during a recession? What is networking – really? What are some common mistakes people make? Read on.
Get off the computer
Even with mobile technology, there is still a residual trend to stay at home and do job hunting from there. “The reason, of course, is people want to stay in front of a screen,” says Lees. “Whether it’s applying on job boards or sending off your (resume) electronically, there’s this great temptation to use the Internet to solve all your career problems.”