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July 25, 2019 –

Good news provides actually challenges for companies in employee recruitment.

The U.S. has more than 7 million unfilled jobs across all sectors. The average hourly rate has surged by 3 + percent under the Trump Administration in the resurgent economy. The unemployment rate, at 3.7 percent, is near the lowest in 50 years.

The challenges are five-fold:

  1. Not enough workers.
  2. Too many lack the needed skills for the increasing use of automation.
  3. Retirement of baby boomers.
  4. Companies are adopting technology for productivity that’s evolving faster than they can recruiting competent workers.
  5. Employers complain about the lack of soft skills among applicants for enhanced teamwork and communication.

More than 300 companies have pledged to support President Trump’s workforce initiative, “Pledge to America’s Workers,” to provide skills training for 12 million workers.

Be aware that the skills gaps are the reality for years to come.

You’ll have to consider applicants from nontraditional backgrounds, provide more human resources training, create healthier cultural environments where employees want to work, provide non-financial incentives for worker retention, and when possible offer competitive wages and benefits.

For sustainability, companies must identify and implement new approaches to attract and keep workers:

Recruitment procedures

Focus on diversity and target all demographics, for instance:

  • Design strategies to encourage discouraged unemployed Americans to apply.
  • Strategize to entice women to return to work.
  • For non-fiduciary positions, recruit certain types of ex-convicts. (To alleviate the challenges of the tight labor market, some states are issuing conditional commutations on non-violent prisoners.)
  • Take a hard look at disabled people.
  • Consider older workers who’d like to keep working or need to work.
  • Double down on recruiting veterans.
  • Zero in on immigrants.
  • Focus on gig workers.

Move operations

Once you identify regions with your ideal pool of employees, relocate your operations.

Evaluate your recruiting and interviewing processes

Identify what you really need. Update your job descriptions to target what your business needs. There’s a big difference between what you’d like to have vis-à-vis what would be nice to have.

Recruit for your cultural needs

Remember skill sets are not always paramount. Any new employees must be capable of more than doing the job. They must have superb soft skills and be a fit for your organization’s values and work ethic.

Key is to heavily target people who have self-awareness skills. They already know their strengths and weakness and are constantly looking for self improvement.

Participate in the President’s workforce initiative

You can train for skill sets. But attitudinal training is much more arduous.

Probably two-thirds of American workers need reskilling or upskilling training in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And college degrees aren’t necessarily a requirement.

Visionary managers will provide such training to future-proof their companies.

Consider every training option

Depending on your industry and business model, rethink your approach to training. Implement the latest methods including experiential, gamification platforms and MOOCs (massive open online courses).

MOOCs are free and open to enrollees, as well as flexible.

Furthermore, take prudent steps to get strong results from your training investment.

Implement non-financial incentives

Typical non-financial incentives can be listed in four categories: Recognition, reward, opportunity and flexibility.

Upgrade wages and benefits where feasible

In this labor market, you will have to pay competitive wages to attract and retain workers.

From the Coach’s Corner, editor’s picks:

In Tight Job Market, How to Market Your Company to Applicants – With the unemployment rate at the lowest it’s been in more than five decades and with seven-million unfilled jobs in America, this is a tight market for attracting talented employees. So, if you need to fill a position, the last thing you want is to be turned down by an applicant who appears to be a perfect fit for your culture.

For Best Performance, Inspire Employees with Non-Financial Rewards – Money talks, of course, and is a way to motivate employees. But money is not always the chief motivator. Here’s why plus the four categories of ideas to inspire your employees.

10 Talent-Recruitment Strategies that Lead to Business Profit – By developing strategic recruiting plans, human resources professionals will make significant contributions to the bottom-line profit goals of their employers. So, it’s imperative to innovate in your recruiting processes and market your strategies to senior management and hiring managers.

Hiring? 4 Pointers on Negotiating Wages with Applicants – Some employers have had difficulty in successfully extending job offers to applicants, especially Millennial professionals. Here’s what to do.

Risk Management for When Competitors Raid Your Employees –If competitors are raiding your employees, here are risk-management tips.

Home-Grown Succession Planning Helps Financial Performance –Companies that promote their chief executives from inside vis-à-vis recruiting from the outside have a much higher financial-success rate. In other words, successful companies identify and nurture their intellectual capital. It’s not just my experience. It’s been confirmed by a global human resources study.

“It is very hard to transform your culture and your workforce to be a relevant company in the digital world if all of your processes are stuck in the traditional world.”

-Julie Sweet


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.