If you’re having a difficult time finding and retaining job-ready talent you’re not alone. Over 50% of employers report they have open jobs for which they cannot find quality candidates. No matter what industry you’re in, not having quality employees can hurt productivity, morale, and even your bottom line.
How do you go about finding job-ready talent? Your organization must tap into all eight streams of talent. I cover this in detail in my forthcoming book from publisher McGraw-Hill (High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant, being released on April 7, 2017). For now, I want to encourage you to tap into the most under-utilized talent stream – Talent Manufacturing.
Organizations that engage in Talent Manufacturing create candidates for their open jobs. How? Through “manufacturing” programs like internships and education, which provide potential hires with experience and new skills, and cross-training programs, which provide current employees with the skills needed for advancement.
Talent Manufacturing programs have typically been internal functions within an organization. However, there’s a new company called RightSkill that’s manufacturing talent for you.
RightSkill is an innovative partnership program between CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions that is designed to deliver job-ready candidates who perform better, stay long, and cost less to find and train. And best of all, RightSkill candidates come with a candidate satisfaction guarantee.
I’m excited to share a project I’ve been working on with RightSkill as an expert consultant. I contributed to the course development and deployment of the RightSkill Recruiter Program, developed in collaboration with the American Staffing Association. This program, which is the latest of seven RightSkill programs, is designed to deliver junior-level staffing recruiters – an area which I know is in dire need of new talent.
The RightSkill Recruiter Program is similar to the other RightSkill programs as it builds a new pool of candidates by utilizing the CareerBuilder database and additional sourcing tools to access over 100 million job seeker profiles. Next, they screen them for the right attitude and aptitude and enroll them into the program. Once a job seeker is a RightSkill candidate, they’re introduced to employers. Once an employer decides to hire a RightSkill candidate they pay a fair per-candidate program fee, which is protected by the guarantee.
For the RightSkill Recruiter Program, developed in collaboration with the American Staffing Association, it was important to create a learning experience where job seekers not only gain the skills and knowledge for junior-level staffing recruiting, but also truly understand the role, career and exciting opportunity it holds.
Each job seeker completes the Essentials of Recruiting for the Staffing Industry learning experience where they’re introduced to the art of the Matchmaking Process and learn the skills necessary to be a junior-level staffing recruiter. They must pass a series of expert-built assessments to verify that they can retain and apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge. Before finishing the learning experience, job seekers review additional content and activities to further practice their skills and prepare for a successful interview. After they complete the online learning portion, they’re required to meet with a RightSkill Career Coach who will verify they’re job ready. Only then will they become a verified RightSkill candidate – and be ready to meet with staffing firms.
I couldn’t be more proud of the work I’ve done to contribute to such an innovative, comprehensive program. If you’d like to learn more about the RightSkill Recruiter Program, RightSkill.
As I mentioned before, the RightSkill Recruiter Program is one of seven offered by RightSkill. If you’re having a difficult time finding job-ready candidates in any of the following areas, visit RightSkill to see how they can help you:
- Customer Service Representative
- Retail Manager
- Technical Support Specialist
- Front-End Web Developer
- Systems & Network Administrator
- Information Security Specialist