HRInsights Weekly Lightbulb 02-15

This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb”  – Unemployment Levels

A robust unemployment level does not necessarily mean that finding good people will be easy when small businesses need to increase staff.  In fact, finding the right employee may actually be getting harder!  The Wall Street Journal headlines in its 2/14/12 edition, p. B9 that “Applicants Are Fewer, And Many Are Lacking”.  There are now less applications per job posting, and, of those who do apply, more and more are not qualified (65%!, from a survey of 215 recruiters nationwide).  What does this mean for small business?  Plan early, and plan carefully.  HRInsights recommends that small businesses structure a hiring process that reaches the potential applicant pool efficiently and that helps screen out unqualified candidates early.  As the economy continues to pick up, make sure you have the best organization ready and in place to bank your share of business.

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