Overcoming skills shortages

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Overcoming skills shortages is a significant challenge for many businesses, particularly as increasingly specialist skill sets are required by more and more employers.

For small and medium sized businesses, finding exceptional professionals who can support growth, or who can be 'all-rounders' in the business (understanding not just their role or division but also how the whole business works) can be particularly challenging.

"Small and medium sized businesses may feel the impact of hiring the wrong person more accurately than larger organisations," said Tom Chambers, Associate Director at Robert Walters. 

"This means that they can feel the impact of skills shortages even more, and must take steps to ensure they can attract the best potential employees to their business"

Small and medium sized businesses may feel the impact of hiring the wrong person more accurately than larger organisations

Sourcing suitable candidates

Having a number of approaches in place is useful in overcoming skills shortages and managing the recruitment process such as:

  • Engaging with a recruitment consultancy can provide you with access to a wider pool of candidates with suitable skills sets
  • Continuing to actively search for candidates even before you have a role to advertise 
  • Retaining the contact details and CVs of promising candidates interviewed
  • Building a network of 'passive' job seekers (people not actively looking for a job but who may do in the future) in your industry

All of the above presents an opportunity to access candidates and secure top talent that larger businesses are likely to struggle doing due to being encumbered by bureaucracy when trying to adopt these approaches. 

“As an SME, any negative feedback from candidates over a lack of communication after the interview has the potential to have a large impact on your brand."

A simple prompt follow up and feedback to candidates is vital to therefore, prompt follow up and feedback to candidates is vital.

Find out more how to implement successful recruitment strategies by requesting a copy of the Robert Walters Guide to Recruitment for Small and Medium Businesses.

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