How New Technology Makes Hiring and Retaining Skilled Staff Easier

How New Technology Makes Hiring and Retaining Skilled Staff Easier

The ability to attract and retain skilled staff is something that every business needs if it’s to be a success.

With the jobs market fiercer than ever before and the best applicants becoming increasingly discerning, it pays dividends to put the tools in place that will help with your hiring processes and strengthen staff retention.

To say this is one thing, and to achieve it is something else altogether entirely. Change is afoot in the form of new enterprising technologies. Now is the time to invest and find the people who will lead your business into tomorrow, and beyond.

Technology allows the hiring process to be optimized for large datasets

You can now put your roles, and your business, in front of thousands of times as many people as you would have been able to in the past. This means you can become easily get lost and lose focus, but it also means that you can use widespread exposure to fine-tune the hiring process.

With the job market constantly changing you’ll need to be ready to adjust your hiring process accordingly. The new technologies give you an opportunity to review the process and its results in detail.

Analyzing conversion rates of your ads and uncovering areas for their improvement is only one of them.

Search for the right candidates on an ongoing basis

The competition for talents is rising and you need to always think ahead. A profile of an ideal candidate has to be ready before you even begin the search. Tracking the right people in your industry is a great way to draft a future vacancy and be ready to start a race. Check out their social media profiles, especially LinkedIn to know the latest trends on the market.

You also need to find the right balance between attracting people that will drive your business forward and creating roles purely because you have the opportunity to attract someone of considerable talent.

The end game is always to do what’s in the best interests of your business as a whole. Take a step back and ask yourself if what you’re doing is in the best interests of your business.

Candidate rediscovery plays an important role in targeting the right people

When you begin to study the retention statistics for new and recent hires, you need to ensure you consider rediscovery. This is the process by which businesses keep CVs and resumes on file so that they can refer back to them on an as-needed basis.

This is not only important for businesses, but also the applicants themselves. If you’re currently looking for a role that suits your level of experience, then sending your resumes to companies who aren’t actively hiring is a good way to get your foot in the door.

It may be unlikely to lead to an instant hire, but it will ensure that your name is searchable when businesses look to fill roles you’re suitable for in the near future.

Technology ensures that communication is quick and efficient

When you want to be able to communicate quickly and efficiently, technology very often holds the key. Video conferencing for job interviews and instant messaging allow businesses to talk fluidly and naturally with candidates in remote locations, relieving the pressure of face to face meetings.

The great thing about this approach is that it uses technology to streamline and accelerate the hiring process. Ideal for giving people the insights and information that they need to make informed decisions.

It also makes the applicants feel valued and gives them a clear picture of how their application is progressing once they have completed the initial submission. This personal approach can become your “secret weapon” while competing with larger companies.

Maybe, you can’t outperform them in terms of the financial resources but you definitely can outsmart them using the latest communication trends and being versatile.   

Personalization is easier when you can access key information quickly

One of the most common hiring mistakes is to adopt the one-size-fits-all approach. Applicants want to see from your selection and interviewing process that they’re being valued for their individual input and skills.

If you use blanket approaches which show little thought to the candidate, then you’re unlikely to be able to attract the best and brightest in your niche. Adopting a personalized approach is the way to go, and it’s something that will allow you to stand apart from your competitors.

By making applicants feel valued and listened to throughout the hiring process, you can make the perfect first impression. Continue this approach once they start working with you, and you’ll have the natural starting point for a personable, authentic, and people-focused retention strategy.

Chatbots allow for questions to be answered 24 hours a day

The final area in which technology is helping change the jobs market is the rise of Chatbots.

By being on hand to answer complex questions 24 hours a day, a well-deployed Chatbot will enable you to quickly and efficiently give prospective new hires the information they’re looking for. But it’s good not only to save an HR manager a few hours a day.

A chatbot can even become a part of your company’s brand. Make it funny and easy-to-use and you’ll be able to create a new image of your business - smart, trendy and knowing the latest trends in communication.

Final thoughts

When you want to attract the best and brightest in your industry, you need to engage with technology. The same can be said if you’re looking to get your foot in the door and land your dream job.

Use it the right way, and it’ll allow you to make the smart decisions that pay dividends in the long term.

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