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Now Candidates Want What?!

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Now Candidates Want What?!

By The Employer Group - Apr 18, 2022

Over the last two years, our labor force has experienced a once-in-a-lifetime series of changes. From mass-layoffs and record unemployment rates, to a series of business credits followed by the largest open job market in recent history, employers have consistently been challenged to redefine how business is done. To add a layer of complexity on top of that, because the labor market is saturated with new employment opportunities, employees have the “pick of the litter” when determining what is next for their career. So much so, many employers feel as though the control in the employment relationship has shifted, and candidates are now in control of their own destiny. Employers are now finding themselves exiting recruitments conversations asking them themselves, “They want what now?!”

What can you do to make your business stick out and still offer competitive employment opportunities that candidates will be attracted to? Let’s start here:

  • Compile information about what candidates are asking for when interviewing with your organization. Some new common themes are remote work, flexible hours, increased wages, and additional paid time off.
  • Determine where your business can pivot and update its practices without affecting your operations, customers, or financial bottom line.
  • If you have the capability and time, consider piloting new programs with various staff or departments.
  • Set timeframes and goals to monitor the effects of any changes you decide to implement.

Don’t be left behind telling yourself “I wish we would have done that” when the talent pool finally dries up. Start the process now even if you feel like you’re too late. If you aren’t sure how to get started or simply need assistance implementing a new approach to talent acquisition and/or management, reach out to The Employer Group for help or guidance.

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