In many ways, Austin represents a microcosm of broader national employment trends. It has low unemployment, an increasingly tech-centric employment model, and growing participation in the gig economy. In this humming economy with low unemployment in the Austin area as well as nationally, many employers are struggling to find the best applicants.
A rising tide lifts all boats, as they say, because a good economy is good for everyone doing business in it. It also indicates a wealth of employment opportunity, particularly for top talent with the skills, aptitude, creativity, and initiative that drive a business’s success. It’s a dynamic that raises a question for those engaging in hiring, staffing, or the technical recruiting that Austin relies on: How can an employer attract the best candidates for their positions in a candidate’s marketplace?
Social Media Recruiting
It is time to embrace the importance of social media in the modern employment paradigm. A study found that 73% of millennials between 18-34 seeking work found their current or last job on social media. Older models of posting job listings in the “help wanted” section, and even on online job sites and aggregators, is changing. That’s not to say these methods have become obsolete, as there is still a market that hasn’t completely latched on to social media, but the gap is closing. It is now a requirement to have, at the minimum, a passive social media recruitment strategy, and the more robust the campaign, the better the results.
Using a Recruiter
While the relevance and effectiveness of job bulletin boards and aggregators, online and off, may be changing, there’s one hiring dynamic that hasn’t: the recruiting agency. The key is to find or be found by the best staffing agency Austin offers. The best staffing agencies are those that focus on specially-tailored relationships between employers and candidates. It should be an agency that has enjoyed a long and successful tenure navigating the Austin job market, including successfully incorporating new tech jobs through IT staffing Austin. It’s an added bonus if you can find a staffing partner that specializes in multiple recruitment solutions including temporary and temp-to-hire staffing and executive recruitment.
Employees Who Left (on Good Terms)
There’s a comprehensive understanding among employers that retaining a good employee is far less expensive than training a new one. It’s surprising, then, how rarely employers reach back out to talented former employees who left on good terms. Employees may resign from a position, without ill will, for any number of reasons. They may have been offered a better salary elsewhere, had scheduling conflicts, been curious about another position or company, or may have been simply looking for a change of pace. If the split was amicable, why not check in with them with a clear idea of what you’d be willing to offer to bring them back. It’s not exceedingly rare for someone to leave a position and come to regret that decision but not feel that inquiring after their old position was an option. And all you’re risking is a flattered “no.”
About The HT Group
Since 2001, Texans looking for the best work and the best candidates have leveraged the resources, experience, talent, personal touch, and commitment of The HT Group. With locations in North Austin, South Austin, and Beaumont, The HT Group serves a diverse selection of industries and fields. Their success and the personal attention they give to employers and candidates has established them as one of the top temp, recruitment, and staffing agencies in Texas. They are the premier Austin executive recruiters, additionally specializing in entry-level, temporary, temp-to-hire, and technical recruitment. The dedication, skill, and expertise of The HT Group’s recruitment team means they find the best positions for the best candidates and help out a wide variety of employers.
To find a new job or a new employee, connect with The HT Group, the Austin area’s most successful and committed staffing partners, at Thehtgroup.com