Many companies and industries are experiencing difficulty in hiring the right number and the correctly skilled employees. This article from Aberdeen Essentials is US based but does raise some relevant tips http://www.aberdeenessentials.com/opspro-essentials/refilling-the-shallow-labor-pool-in-ehs/
This is relevant as a number of clients recently have been experiencing challenges in recruiting staff. The challenges have been in terms of responses to an ad as well as getting the right caliber of applicants.
Clearly the strategies in the article are longer term – they won’t provide an immediate fix, but will create a very solid ongoing foundation.
1. Engage employees so they want to stay. Have a working environment that brings out the best of employees and taps into their discretionary effort.
You will achieve better performance and those employees will say positive things about your company to others – which will encourage more to apply when you do advertise
2. Invest to develop the skills of your staff so that they can work with less supervision and can also coach and train each other. By strengthening and deepening the skills internal to your rganisation you help prevent reliance on outside sources of skills.
3. Conduct workforce planning well in advance and get creative about how to resolve short notice skill gaps. A well structured internship can be an excellent way to gain a new employee and with some programs there is also a financial component (such as the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry who run a program linked to 9 universities and that reimburses part salary costs at the end of the 4 month program)
Clearly these are generic comments and won’t capture the solution to every situation, however they are worth considering.