A lack of relevant candidates is the biggest challenge facing recruitment professionals today, according to research from CV-Library.
The report, What Does 2018 Have in Store for Recruitment?, found that nearly three quarters (72.8%) are struggling to find relevant candidates, and a fifth (20.8%) are finding it difficult to deal with candidate demands, for example, when they ask for a higher salary than the company is prepared to pay.
When asked what their top recruitment priorities for 2018 were, organisations cited the following:
- Sourcing candidates directly (68.1%)
- Building talent pools for the future (65.7%)
- Investing in tools to speed up the hiring process (42%)
- Establishing a strong employer brand (40.2%)
- Succession planning (33.9%)
Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, warned that recruiters and hiring managers need to revaluate their practices to be successful. “Without taking a step back and really thinking about why you’re recruiting, and what kind of person you’re looking for, you won’t stand a good chance of hiring the right individual for the job,” he said.
Almost all (90.6%) of those polled said that they would continue to use job boards as their top sourcing channel, followed by LinkedIn (57.9%), their own career site (35.8%) employee referral schemes (34.6%) and aggregators (22.8%).
“It’s interesting that LinkedIn is climbing up in importance,” said Biggins. “Every business has different recruiting needs, and will focus on using different tools to reach their goals. Job boards continue to be a huge benefit to many organisations, mainly because they serve a dual purpose of being able to advertise jobs and search CVs.”