How recruiters can help you tackle the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation has caused many recruitment problems for businesses and industries during the last year. Some of these industries have overcome the most urgent challenges of the Great Resignation and are looking to rebuild. But candidates have new expectations from employers, and it won’t be a simple case of returning to business as usual.

If you find that you’re regularly losing staff, or are unable to attract talented candidates due to the demands of the job market in your industry, it might be better to call in help than to keep moving ahead and hoping for the best.

The People Pod is a leading recruitment agency in the UK, and with our experience, we know that there are some approaches a recruiter can take that a business hiring in-house can’t - whether because of the time and resources these approaches need, or because they don’t have the right skills and capacity within their teams.

Here, we explain how a recruiter can help you to find perfect candidates for the roles you need, at a time when many businesses are struggling to hire.

Existing candidate base

A good recruiter will have existing relationships with a pool of talented candidates. As recruiters ourselves, we know that these relationships are incredibly valuable, and especially at a time when there are staff shortages in many industries. If you have a job role available, this can enable you to get a head start on high-quality candidates.

It also means that recruiters have a good understanding of the candidates they are putting forward - their strengths, their needs and their career goals. With this understanding, a skilled recruiter can put forward candidates who are perfect for the job, and who want to make it their career. This can help to avoid some of the common pitfalls that have arisen in recruitment over the last few years, such as candidates dropping out of the recruitment process, even after reaching the point where you’ve made an offer, or candidates accepting the role and then leaving during their probationary period.

Strengthening your job listings

A job advertisement is the first point of contact between an employer and a potential new recruit. Despite this, many businesses fail to think about job listings as an opportunity to advertise. From the business’ perspective, they need a candidate who meets their list of requirements. As a result, it’s easy to forget to sell the business and the role to candidates.

The ideal job advert should cover both perspectives: describing what you need, but also explaining what the successful applicant will receive in return. You don’t want an advert to be too long, but it needs to communicate as much as possible. For younger applicants, brand values can be more important than the benefits or career progression opportunities associated with the role, so this is also something to take into account.

If this sounds like a lot to think about, it can be. However, recruiters can develop this skill quickly, and with their immersion in the world of applications and candidates, can spot a trend when they see it. They can also adopt good ideas that prove successful in other areas, where an internal hiring manager or HR representative might not even think to look. By working with a recruiter you can benefit from this expertise and have them help you to refine your listing so that it appeals to the right candidates.

Insight into the job market

If you’re recruiting in-house, you might find it hard to tell whether your lack of success in your recruiting is because of something you’re doing wrong, or a side effect of job market conditions. Either way, a recruiter can help you to find out.

A recruitment agency that specialises in your sector will have a clear idea of job market conditions, and be able to advise you if there is a shortage of personnel or a skills gap that is affecting every business equally. They can also clue you in to factors like whether your salary expectations are realistic and competitive in the current market, and highlight any specific benefits that other employers are offering and which are drawing in high quality talent, to help you ensure that your offering is as strong as possible.

If you need help to find the right candidate, but you don’t have the time or resources you need to dedicate to the process, click through to our profile to learn more about how The People Pod could help you. Simply call us on 01204 589 555 or fill in a quick form to learn more about how we can help you.

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