The coronavirus pandemic has brought major changes for small businesses and workers in the last year, including lots of job and career changes.
All of that job-hopping isn’t expected to end any time soon. Last year, one in five workers switched jobs, and according to an article by CNBC, one in four American workers expected to change jobs this year alone. Here are five tips for small businesses who want to hire the best talent in 2021.
1. Don’t rule out a candidate based on their job changes
A recent Gallup study shows that Millennial workers are the most likely group to switch jobs. However, many Millennials aren’t job-hopping because they’re looking to do less work or just want more money. Only about a third of Millennials report feeling engaged while they’re at work – meaning they want more challenging job responsibilities or an employer who is willing to utilize and develop their untapped professional skills.
2. Create opportunities for good talent on your team
Don’t limit your candidate pool to the parameters mentioned in the job description. If an applicant has strong skills in another area that could help them excel in the organization, think about offering workplace training to get them up to speed in the necessary skills that they haven’t learned yet. Another possibility is shuffling work responsibilities around to allow existing team members to offload some of their responsibilities and focus on the work that they’re most suited for.
3. Take a deeper look at resumes
Be willing to consider the whole picture of candidates based on their resumes, instead of how they fall in line with the job description. Perhaps a candidate does not have the required years of experience that the job description calls for. Many hiring managers would quickly write this candidate off and move on, but that’s a shortsighted approach to attracting the best talent. Instead, consider how wisely the candidate has used his or her time. Has he or she pursued increasingly difficult work responsibilities, or spent extra time developing professional skills that put them ahead?
4. Be upfront about how your small business invests in its employees
Qualified applicants have a wider range of job opportunities to choose from thanks to the growing popularity of remote work. Your small firm is more likely to attract high-quality candidates if your job description clearly explains what employees will receive with you, including compensation, benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for career/skill advancement, and the organization’s ethics and values.
5. Hiring managers should be as flexible as possible
A recent study from IBM’s Institute for Business Value found that modern workers want employers that will respect their work-life balance, offer career advancement opportunities, offer competitive compensation and benefits, demonstrate strong ethics, and hold good values. Many workers also want a job that gives them access to continuous learning opportunities and organizational stability. Hiring managers should show a willingness to meet a candidate’s expectations and be flexible whenever possible.
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