Hiring Hacks For 2022’s Hardest-To-Fill Roles

14 April 2022

Hiring Hacks

Stay optimistic with our ‘hiring hacks’ for 2022’s hardest-to-fill roles. We’ve got the tips HR’s and hiring managers need to turn around even the toughest recruitment assignment…

We get it. It’s tough out there. If you’re an HR or hiring manager with too many open vacancies to count, we feel your pain!

There’s some incredible talent on the market right now, but some roles just won’t seem to attract the right candidate. Candidates are reluctant to move for anything but the perfect role, and many are counter-offered to stay put. When you’ve tried every trick in the book to drum up interest or to scout a hotshot, perhaps you’re at a loss what to do next.

Until now! Never fear because optimism is back in with our ‘hiring hacks’ for 2022’s hardest-to-fill roles.

We’ve got the tips you need to turn around even the toughest recruitment assignment…

Hack 1: Sell, Sell, Sell

In a hard market, you’ve got to make every interaction count. Roughly 70% of candidates are ‘passive’ job seekers, meaning they’ll need convincing that their current role can be bettered. Candidates have more access than ever to your company’s online profile pre-interview, so make sure your ‘employer brand’ and initial outreach messaging is on point. This article on people suite offers some great tips for selling a) the company, b) the position and c) the culture to a candidate.

Hack 2: Offer Flexibility

87% of us would like to work more flexibly. We’d like to fit work around life, rather than the other way round. Flexible working is, in many ways, a no-brainer; it’s a simple policy that can improve diversity, loyalty and the quality of employees’ work. And yet, many employers worry that it will “open the floodgates” to laziness or chaos. You can be the braver employer! You may well reap the benefits in the form of a highly skilled, diverse and motivated workforce.

Hack 3: Speed Up Your Process (A Lot)

Successful recruitment processes are invariably super speedy. So many benefits come from speed in recruitment, as profiled here by The Undercover Recruiter: you can save money and resources; make higher quality hires; and improve response and acceptance rates, to name but a few. To look at it another way… can you really afford to lose as many top candidates as you do by leaving them hanging so long? Thought not.

Hack 4: Always Be Hiring

Just as successful entrepreneurs are always networking, successful employers are always hiring. In short, you should always be on the lookout for your next great employee. This article on entrepreneur.com explains how ‘always hiring’ is a mindset, and one that can lead to great benefits for your business. It’s a way to meet great people, open your mind and – coming back to our immediate challenge – ensuring vacancies remain open for the minimum length of time (perhaps even no time at all!)

Hack 5: Build Remote Teams

It’s no secret that candidate demand for remote positions is skyrocketing. If you’re struggling to fill a role, maybe ‘remote’ is a wave you need to ride. For those still sceptical, consider that remote workers are 20-25% more productive than office-based colleagues (and in fact, a full 91% feel themselves to be more productive overall.) Remote hiring can, in an instant, vastly increase the pool of available talent, and make it possible to be significantly more selective about who to interview and hire. We’d go so far as to say that ‘remote’ is the #01 hack on the list.

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Hopefully these hacks have given you some new ideas to explore when it comes to challenging recruitment projects.

Of course, if you’re still struggling…

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