Finding qualified temporary employees in Philadelphia is not as easy it seems. Even in the city of brotherly love, finding qualified temporary workers is harder than ever before – and that all has to do with an improved economy.
In fact, after the end of the last recession, unemployment is down to a 16-year low at 4.3 percent, which means placing new hires into your workforce is harder than ever. The competition for hiring talent is at its peak, which means it’s a great time to be a skilled employee, but a stressful time to be the employer in need of talent.
A Stable Job Market
After the recession, a lot of people went into a panic as folks lost their jobs, which has since created a desire for workplace stability. That, mixed with the economic growth of new companies emerging every day, is why 47% of small businesses can’t place people into their open positions. Additionally, it costs companies an average of $4,000 to fill a position, which means recruiting is neither cheap nor easy for businesses struggling to find talent.
To fill positions in a cost-effective manner, employers need to look beyond the scope of traditional recruiting options and employ new tools and strategies to get the top talent available.
An Internet Based Approach
Finding talent (or a new job) isn’t what it used to be – people can still look through magazine listings or job boards, but there’s a new tool in town: the internet.
On average, Americans spend about 10 hours a day on the internet, which is over half their waking hours. If companies looking to hire new staff aren’t on the web, people just are not likely to see them.
That’s not just speculation either. According to research by the Pew Research Center, 79% of Americans used the internet to find jobs in the past two years, and 34% of them said it was the most important tool they used. Additionally, from a recruiting standpoint, 92% of recruiters use social media to find top candidates, and qualified employees are starting to use social media tools to their hiring advantages too.
Keeping Up with the Candidate Pool
To sum up the current hiring market trends, employers who are looking to hire new talent for long-term or short-term positions need to look towards the internet-based options for their hires. In the digital age, it’s the best way to catch and keep the interest of new hires and get them in the door.
Using the web as a recruiting tool doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Laborocity offers candidates and employers alike a chance to share their information and connect for job opportunities in the Philadelphia and surrounding area. Whether you’re a manager looking to hire some temporary work for the coming seasons, or a laborer looking to switch jobs or find some work in-between gigs, Laborocity is Philadelphia’s online hub for contract and temporary work placement.
Thoughts? Hit me up. Woody@Laborocity.com
Woody Klemmer is the Co-founder of Laborocity, a company that provides businesses with qualified workers, “Doers”, on-demand.