Employers report a lack of skilled talent as one of the biggest threats to meeting business objectives in 2016. Job seekers who take note of what skills and characteristics companies are seeking could have a competitive advantage.
“With companies reporting job vacancies that are threatening productivity levels, candidates have a tremendous opportunity to land their dream job,” said Jim Link, chief human resources officer, Randstad North America, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the U.S.
The 2016 Workplace Trends Guide by Randstad U.S. reveals how employees can better position themselves for success during their job search. Whether you’re an active or passive job seeker today, here are the top five considerations:
As the most effective method to recruit full-time and contract workers, job seekers should take advantage of staffing firms to gain access to a wide range of opportunities at no cost. Working through a staffing or recruitment firm is oftentimes the best entry point for some of the country’s most desirable employers.
As companies move beyond recession recovery and enter growth mode, their ability to hire great talent is arguably the most important driver for success and profitability. Do the necessary research to understand the skills and expertise companies in your industry are looking for and take every step to market yourself with those desired job requirements in mind.
On average, the companies surveyed report they are currently understaffed by 10 percent with an average of 137 open jobs. Hiring decision-makers report using a wider range of recruitment methods, which include social media, digital networking, as well as working with local universities and colleges.
Decision-makers cite work ethic (36 percent) and soft skills (33 percent) as two of the top areas candidates are lacking. Don’t leave any question in the hiring manager’s mind about your willingness to work hard. During interviews, make eye contact, communicate effectively and demonstrate your ability to adapt to any work environment.
On-demand talent is needed. More workers are choosing contingent or temporary work as the economy embraces an “on-demand” workforce. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce will be contingent by the year 2020. Sixty-eight percent of companies surveyed believe a variable workforce model with a mix of temporary and permanent employees allow for more agility to meet customer demands. This can mean increased benefits for job-seekers, including broader job opportunities, flexible work schedules and greater income potential.
For an inside perspective of what companies are looking for and how they go about searching for talent, access the Randstad 2016 Workplace Trends Guide at RandstadUSA.com/workforce360.
By doing your research and taking advantage of opportunities like working with staffing firms and utilizing social media connections, you can improve your chances for a successful job search.
Robert Silverman is the editor-in-chief at Statepoint.