Job hunters will be interested to know that employers are looking to make the hiring process easier in the New Year. It’s their greatest wish, according to a recent survey by staffing firm Robert Half.
According to Robert Half, sixty-two percent of chief financial officers interviewed reported difficulty finding skilled candidates for professional-level positions.
Further, more than a third of respondents (35 percent) said that identifying talent is one of the greatest challenges faced by management.
Hear that, skilled job candidates: the jobs are looking for you.
To make things easier for employers, Robert Half is offering some tips:
- Be flexible. Create a list of must-have attributes and certifications for each available position – and those that can be learned on the job. Keep your eyes open for applicants who demonstrate an eagerness to learn and take on new challenges.
- Outline a plan. Discuss career paths with job seekers during interviews so they understand where they fit into the organization’s long-term goals. Present training and development opportunities available at your company so they are aware of new skills that can be acquired once hired.
- Show them the money. To attract professionals with in-demand skills, offer attractive pay and perks. Benchmark compensation trends in your area by consulting resources such as industry reports and the Salary Guides from Robert Half.
- Promote a healthy balance. Accommodate employees’ lifestyle needs by offering work-from-home options, flexible schedules and additional vacation time, as appropriate.
This is all a sure sign that the job market is tightening in many areas of the economy. Job seekers should redouble their efforts in 2017, since great jobs that may have been elusive in the past may just be available now.