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There’s no doubt that when it comes to recruitment, that 2021 will be remembered for its candidate driven market. The dual forces of the pandemic and Brexit have ensured there are more jobs than candidates. This means candidates – not companies – have the upper hand and its employers not employees who are competing to attract top talent to their organisations.

What this means for employers

These unique conditions mean if you are an employer looking to recruit for a position within your company, you will need to do things differently. Not only must you view a candidate as a long-term investment, but you need to be highly competitive and act fast. Remember it’s not about numbers here; it’s about the quality and suitability of applicants.

Here are three top tips for how to ensure the best results:

  1. Speed up your hiring process. Make sure your candidate-vetting process is thorough, but ensure you can move quickly, make decisions and communicate them promptly, otherwise your preferred candidate might grow tired of waiting and go with another job offer.
  2. Be transparent and clarify your company values and culture. Tell candidates about their job duties and responsibilities, but also take time to talk about benefits, perks, and other job essentials, including flexible working and health and wellbeing initiatives, which will help with employee happiness and engagement levels.
  3. Bring in the experts. To match the best candidates to your open roles, we recommend that you use specialist recruitment professionals, they will help you to deal with the advert, application, interview and selection process so you can find the right talent quickly and professionally.

What this means for candidates

If you are a candidate looking for a new role then my advice to you is to go all out in promoting yourself and your abilities and then spend time educating prospective employers as to who you are and what value you can add to their business. Here are some ways you can easily achieve this:

  • A great CV. Make sure that your CV is up to date and that it is successful at getting across your personality and your story and shows you in the best light possible.
  • Research. Do your homework into the job, the organisation – staff, clients, products, services, culture, mission, values and the industry. Also make sure you can come up with some good questions too.
  • Attitude – Have a positive, enthusiastic, ambitious, confident and resilient mindset. Be prepared to ask and answer questions and to showcase your skills, abilities, knowledge and experience with evidence to back anything up.

For help, whether its employers to recruit the right candidate, or as a candidate wanting to secure your dream job, then please get in touch. With 10 years’ experience specifically in the recruitment industry and over 30 years in Management and Human Resources, I can make a big difference to your current recruitment efforts.

I have a selection of jobs available that need to be filled urgently, so if you have customer service or sales experience, both technical and non-technical, then call 07780 692784. Your new career could be just a phone call away.

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