Is College Recruiting the Answer to Your Skilled Labor Shortage?
If finding quality workers is on top of your to-do list but you’re worried about not being able to find them, you’re in good company. According to Indeed, 61% of the employers they surveyed plan to hire more workers than they did last year. However, 42% of them feel they won’t be able to do so. Experiencing full employment and a never-ending skills gap can only make you feel even more anxious about finding workers.
Many companies are diving into college recruitment as an answer to the skilled labor shortage. But is it for you?
If you’re looking for a solution that builds a talent pipeline that will benefit your company in the long-term, then it could be a viable option.
Benefits of College Recruiting
Although skilled workers are what managers like you are after, there are benefits to hiring college students. For one, they can be easier to manage than more seasoned workers. While they may require more training and supervision up front, in the long run you can help to mold them into a star employee - one that fits into your business model and company culture. College students come ready to learn and unlike a seasoned worker, have no old work habits that needs to be broken.
Another benefit to hiring college students is having workers that are quick learners. A school environment has conditioned them to absorb knowledge and put it into practice as fast as possible. They also know how to work faster, multi-task efficiently and work longer hours as they are less likely to have the outside commitments that can take away from work productivity. Given the chance to move up, they are also willing to take on more responsibility for the chance to advance in your organization.
Types of College Recruiting Programs
Now that you’re ready to invest in hiring college graduates, the next step is to find out which type of college recruiting program is best for you and your company goals
Perfect if you’re: on a tight budget; need workers; and not afraid to train; hosting a college internship program may work for you. College students who sign up for this type of recruiting program are looking to get hands-on experience that will further their career – even if it means doing it for free. This recruiting program is ideal for short-term hiring needs.
Apprenticeships, on the other hand, are a more formal and long-term type of college recruiting program. They’re geared toward the skilled jobs you’re building your talent pipeline for. College students getting into this type of program are looking to supplement their education with paid on-the-job training.
The Role of Social Media
College students are spending more time on their social media accounts than in the classroom. That’s why it’s important to invest time in creating and maintaining your online employer brand. But it’s not enough to just post descriptions of your job opportunities on Facebook and Twitter. Today’s generation of future workers want to learn about your company culture and values, and how you’re giving back to their community. They want to see what it’s really like to work at your company - evidenced by video and photos. College students also want to know what you can do for them and how you can help them launch their careers. These are things to keep in mind when posting content to your social media pages.
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