Many companies are in a crunch to hire employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing “Great Resignation.” But are you inadvertently passing over groups of willing job candidates because of barriers in your hiring process? That’s Good HR is here to help you with eliminating hiring barriers to find the best temporary, temp-to-hire or direct hire employees for your Indianapolis business.
Minding the gap — the resume gap, that is
Say a candidate comes in for an interview, and their personality and skills are just the right fit, but they have a space of several months or years without employment on their resume. Would you pass them over based on that gap alone?
The hiring process should not discard resumes with resume gaps. There are a number of acceptable and professional reasons someone may have a gap on their resume. Because of the issues facing us currently, it will be more common for candidates to have resume gaps. Removing any emphasis your hiring process places on consistent expertise versus cumulative will broaden your pool of potential candidates.
Eliminating barriers with an inclusive job posting
The beginning is a great place to start. Writing a job posting that resonates with the correct audience will lead to more applicants. For example, an entry-level position should not require multiple years of experience. Postings full of industry jargon may not be accessible for qualified candidates breaking into a new career field. Consider the traits and attributes that are most important to the position and focus on those, rather than the hard skills that may be easily teachable.
You may also be unknowingly associating your job posting with a specific gender or other biases. Obviously, your posting should not use gendered phrases such as “He will perform specific tasks,” and you should also try to avoid gender-biased language such as the more masculine “competitive,” feminine-coded “interpersonal,” as well as phrases like “able-bodied” or “youthful” candidate.
Working with our team on eliminating hiring barriers
These are just a couple of examples of barriers in the hiring process that lead to fewer applicants and hires. Reach out to discuss your current processes more in-depth. We can also manage the hiring process to find you the best candidate for your business. We are connecting with candidates in new and innovative ways every day.
If you are ready for us to take the burden of staffing off of your shoulders, contact us today online or at 317-469-4141!