The New Year presents an opportunity to set new objectives (queue New Year’s Resolution), and as a staffing agency owner, you should be setting specific goals for your company throughout 2019. However, before you set business goals, researching staffing industry news and trends is an essential step for determining realistic goals.
Recruiting is the beating heart of a staffing agency, so here are some guidelines we felt are important to consider when setting goals for your temp staffing company in 2019.
8 Recruiting Tips and Trends for 2019
1. Hiring Volumes Still on the Rise
According to a survey done by Indeed.com, 61% of employers will be hiring more employees in 2019 than they did in 2019. Many businesses are obviously planning to continue growing this year, so the need for your service could be heightened as well.
Companies planning to hire more employees are spread throughout the U.S., so whether your staffing company is located in Boston, Seattle or somewhere in between, the numbers will still be expected to rise.
2. Implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software for Recruiting
Because hiring volumes will be increasing in 2019, the use of AI to help recruiters will most likely rise as well. AI can be used to save recruiters time and make it easier to enter information. AI software can assist with screening resumes, contacting potential candidates automatically and helping your team stay on the same page with numbers and statuses of prospective candidates.
Although it might not be in the budget for your staffing agency, it could be a tool to consider looking into this year.
3. Focus on the Candidate Experience
While this should always be a trend for your staffing agency, make it a priority in 2019 if you want to be successful. According to the same Indeed survey, employers find it to be more difficult to fill entry-level positions compared to executive level, which is why they hire recruiters or staffing agencies to do it for them. Many of the candidates that will fill these positions are recent graduates or millennials, and the importance of a smooth running experience is crucial to this group of individuals.
Recruiters need to be sure they’re keeping candidates updated with the status of their application, what to expect next in the process, and basically be available to answer any questions at any time. Make sure recruiters that you have working for your staffing company are the best of the best to deliver this type of customer service in 2019. Check out the best qualities of recruiters to see if your team makes the cut.
4. Use the Right Social Media Platforms
The concept of using social media to recruit has been hammered into the staffing industry for the past several years, but this recruiting tip for 2019 means thinking outside the box. Your recruiters already use social media, but are they doing it right?
Recruiters should be using different social media platforms depending on the industry they’re finding candidates for. Take Pinterest for example. It’s not the first social media platform that comes to mind like LinkedIn, but Pinterest is the key to personal interests and millennials use Pinterest as much as they use Instagram. Basically, recruiters should know what type of candidate they’re looking for and utilize the social media platform that the candidates most likely use and prefer.
5. Post-Great Content
In addition to using the right platform, creating top-notch content is a trend in recruiting that you should implement at your staffing company this year. This doesn’t mean recruiters need to be spending hours every day creating blogs and infographics, but they should be posting to social media pages more than just job postings. It’s important for recruiters to be human while still being a database of job openings. This places an emphasis on candidate experience throughout the whole process of filling a job opening.
6. Remote Workers on the Rise
The trend for employees being able to work outside of a base office has been rising in the past few years and it will continue to with advancements in technology. Like AI helping recruiters stay organized, the technological capabilities for various industries has been growing, allowing for employers to hire remote employees. Recruiters need to be aware of this trend so they can clearly explain how it will work to potential candidates, if necessary.
7. Stay Current and Relevant
Since you have the initiative to stay up-to-date with 2019 staffing industry trends and tips, keep you and your team in the know for the whole year by attending various conferences or subscribing to newsletters.
Some conferences that you should consider attending are Staffing World, which is put on by the American Staffing Association and the 16th annual Healthcare Staffing Summit in Denver. These present great opportunities to learn about common problems and solutions that different staffing firms face to keep your staffing agency on top. There are many other conferences, webinars and newsletters you can register to keep up with staffing trends.
8. Keep your Staffing Agency Growing
Being the owner of a staffing company can be stressful with cash flow constantly changing, but it’s important to keep your company growing overall throughout 2019. Although there may be some slower periods, keeping your agency on track to do better than it did the year before is what owning a successful business is all about.
Luckily, factoring for staffing agencies gets your company the cash that it needs to fund payroll and continue the upward climb this year.