You see it everywhere, on plumbing trucks, heating and cooling vans, in shop windows, and posted to every social media platform under the sun…it’s the phrase, “We’re Hiring!” Through April of 2019 the national unemployment rate was at 3.6%, which indicates individuals looking for work are finding work (source: ncsl.org). That’s great news, right? Not for most business owners I speak with…they’re having trouble finding good people to hire. They dangle their help wanted signs out there like fishing hooks waiting to see who bites. The challenge with this approach is, while you might catch that prized employee, you also might land someone you didn’t want, and be afraid to throw them back for fear you won’t find anyone else.
If you’ve tried to hire anybody in the last 12 months, then you have most likely experienced what most business owners and recruiters have found – there isn’t anyone! Well, let’s clarify that a little bit, in that there are people still unemployed, it’s just that most of them probably are not going to be a good fit for your business. If you want a good employee at this point, you will have to steal them from someone else. Oh, and while you are looking to steal someone away from someone else, guess who else is being heavily recruited … your best employees!