Recruiting Tips for Difficult to Fill Positions
April 18, 2023
We have found ourselves in a time where the majority of young people out of college are pursuing white-collar jobs after graduation. This is putting employers in a difficult situation, and we haven’t quite seen it like this before.
As a country, we are having difficulty overcoming a shortage of blue-collar workers. Food service and hospitality struggle to retain workers, jobs are going unfilled, with no signs of an improving situation this year.
“These industries have more unfilled job openings than unemployed workers with experience in their respective industry,” according to new research from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
So what happened during the pandemic to make it this way?
The pandemic caused a huge disruption in the U.S. labor force. In 2022 alone, more than 50 million workers quit their jobs. Many of these workers noted that they were in search of: improved work-life balance and flexibility, increased compensation, and a strong company culture.
However, when taking a closer look at what has happened to the labor force, it can be better described as ‘The Great Reshuffle’ because hiring rates have outpaced quit rates since November of 2020. So, many workers are quitting their jobs—but many are getting re-hired elsewhere. Here are a few quick tips to help your company recruit and retain blue-collar workers in the days ahead: