It’s three o’clock in the afternoon and, among the 754 (I’m exaggerating a bit) “things” you must get done ASAP in your Plant or Department, you lean back in your chair and say to yourself, “Why can’t I fill the this job opening?” Well, Mr./Ms. Busy-Busy-Lot’s-To-Do, this article is a must read. It should help put things in perspective.
- Having unrealistic expectations. When they are looking to fill a position, everyone shoots for the sun, moon and stars in terms of talent. As I tell employers that we deal with, it doesn’t take a wizard to realize that there is a shortage of talent out there and that holds true in all the fields. And here’s a news flash: It’s only going to get worse. When you are identifying skills sets necessary to successfully do the job, you need to prioritize which skills are critical and where there can be flexibility. If you stand pat and require every little skill set, you may never fill the need.
- Lack of commitment. What that means is that everyone in the hiring process has to be “on board” when it comes to interviewing and qualifying potential candidates. Hiring is very time consuming, and when you are trying to do the 754 “things” I mentioned in the beginning, it’s easy for interviewing, and hiring, to fall lower on the list of priorities. It’s not intentional but it easily happens.
- Bureaucracy. Many employers have trouble filling their need or needs because they are stuck in bureaucratic “limbo”. That could be from HR crossing “T’s” and dotting “I’s” and going through all sort of gyrations, or simply waiting for some “mysterious” higher up to give the OK to interview a candidate. Well, as I mentioned in point #1, with a shortage of talent in the market, companies need to be more nimble in interviewing and hiring candidates. When it comes to hiring in this day and age, you must be a Navy destroyer (quicker to turn, quicker to react), and not some big, old, WWII battleship (slower to turn and slower to react).
- Lack of urgency. Read point #3 again. Need I say anything more?
- You think you know it all. When I have a plumbing problem in my house, my wife will say, “Call a plumber!” and my response is always, “Nah, waste of money, I’ll fix it myself.” But after seven hours, 16 trips to Lowes or Home Depot later and countless expletives, I succumb and call the Plumber. The same is true in hiring. I can’t fault anyone in trying to fill a need on their own, but there comes a time where you need to go to a “Pro”- someone who can help identify and qualify talent for your search. Remember, the key is to find a Recruiter who can not only identify, but qualify talent for you. The qualifying is where a good Headhunter can be of immense value.
The next time you find yourself struggling to fill a need, look at the 5 points above, identify which of those you are guilty of and then DO something to correct it. You’ll be surprised how quickly a few changes here and there can help. Happy Hunting!!!