How to Hire Skilled Workers in this Labor Market

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  • Some important industrial recruiting tips from TradiesNZ team will assist you in finding the best skilled candidates.

Would you agree with me that the labor market at present is creasy?

While it was difficult to find highly-skilled tradies a few years ago as well, a lot of influence seems to have now transferred into candidates hands, who quickly find themselves with many ways to negotiate their hourly rates and other benefits.  

But what should an employer do?

As a recruiting company specializing in skilled construction workers and a variety of industrial skilled workers, we understand the immense challenge of finding the right candidates. Excellent tradies do exist, but capturing their attention requires dedication, perseverance, and the ability to quickly adapt to their needs. It’s crucial to invest time and effort into screening resumes, finding those forgotten skills, discovering “oversolds,” conducting interviews with the best, and checking their credentials. Furthermore, being adaptable and responsive to candidates’ requirements will greatly increase the chances of success in attracting the best talents.

It’s important to recognize that candidates often hesitate to ask a new employer for special interview times. Instead, they often prefer requesting the time off in the middle of the week from their current employer. To address this issue, hiring managers can try to empathise with the candidates and put themselves in their shoes. By understanding the challenges workers face, they can adopt a more flexible approach to the hiring process. This includes considering alternative interview times or accommodating the schedules of candidates to make the process more convenient for them. Taking a more empathetic and flexible stance will not only attract the best workers but also create positive experiences for both employers and candidates.

We have noticed that some companies adopt a Request for Proposal (RFP) approach to their hiring process. Their intention is to collect resumes, interview multiple candidates, compare them, and then choose the best tradies for the job. However, in today’s competitive hiring market, this approach can be challenging to execute effectively.

To address this, we advise our clients to establish clear hiring criteria for their positions. By doing so, they can make decisions easier when they meet high-quality candidates, rather than trying to compare hundreds of candidates simultaneously. Having precise hiring criteria allows companies to take the significant step of hiring multiple candidates if they are both skilled and qualified tradespeople. 

We are pleased to observe that more and more companies are embracing this approach and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of the hiring market. By navigating these turbulent waters with a clear mindset and defined criteria, companies can more effectively identify and hire exceptional tradies and engineers.

If you’re currently experiencing challenges in recruiting great industrial employees despite your efforts, we would like to offer a solution to step up to the next level through international recruiting. At TradiesNZ, we specialize in assisting New Zealand employers in finding skilled tradespeople from overseas. With our expertise and experience, we can help you consistently attract and hire high-quality workers, technicians, and engineers.

Our dedicated team at TradiesNZ works closely with candidates, understanding their needs and matching them with employers’ requirements. By leveraging our technical knowledge and speaking the language of workers, we can effectively bridge the gap between candidates and employers. We organized weekly Q&A sessions for our potential candidates to make sure that their CV, cover letters, and presentation documents were of the highest level, so they were familiar with New Zealand culture and employment law beforehand. 

We would encourage you to reach out to us to discuss how we can assist you in enhancing your recruitment efforts. With our expertise in international recruiting, we can help you overcome the challenges you may be facing and consistently find the skilled tradies you need for your organization’s success.

Our slogan is “Expect the best; you deserve it!” 

Integrity is at the heart of everything we do for our clients and applicants. 

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