Due to declining unemployment rates, it is taking employers 40% longer on average to fill their open positions. So, what is an employer to do in a tight labor market?
First, try posting your jobs earlier and, if possible, anticipate openings before they occur.
Second, extend your job posts to multiple job boards to have greater position exposure. Several formerly unconventional sites such as Craigslist are gaining in popularity and may provide a new pool of potential candidates for your company.
Third, expand your search by seeking prospects that are experienced in like (but not exactly the same) fields. Telemarketers, as an example, often have a customer service mentality that may work in other industries.
Fourth, and most importantly, DO NOT give-in or just settle for what is available. There is often a temptation to put someone, anyone into a chair that remains open for too long. An AcuMax red match or an unacceptable yellow match is not a solution for an open position that is hard to fill. Take your time and extend the search if necessary. The only thing worse than filling an open position with a low-quality candidate is having to do it again – and again – and again. Be patient and wait for the right candidate to come along.