As a supply chain executive, business owner or HR representative, you may have asked yourself the following question on more than one occasion, “Why should I use a supply chain recruiting organization?” In the supply chain discipline, it is difficult to find qualified talent to fill critical supply chain positions. While finding the correct candidate for your company can be a daunting task, specialized supply chain recruiting organizations like Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters has the network and experience to fill your critical positions quickly.
With such an alarming shortage of qualified talent in the supply chain discipline, it is more difficult than ever for companies to find qualified talent. While recruiting organizations can help companies find the right candidate even during this talent shortage, they can also help companies with a variety of other recruiting issues. Issues include but are not limited to the following:
Recruiting in the supply chain industry isn’t simply another human resource function that can be left in the hands of anyone. It’s a specialty that should be performed by supply chain recruiting experts.
Addressing the barriers to successfully hiring new candidates may seem like a daunting task, but investing in recruiting is more important than ever, partly because of how long it takes to recruit prospective candidates.
According to an Indeed report, only about 44 percent of the available jobs in the United States are filled within the first 30 days. This is bad news for employers because there is a 57 percent chance that a job will remain vacant for three months or longer if it’s not filled within the first month it’s available.
Indeed’s report also suggests that a tightening is occurring in the United States’ overall labor market, making things even more difficult for recruiters in the logistics discipline already grappling with a severe lack of talent. Compared to figures recorded in October of 2013, the percentage of positions that remained unfilled in the U.S. after 30 days rose by 0.8 percent by October of 2014.
Indeed’s analysis shows the percentage of job openings that remain open after three months in the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector is greater than the national average for all industries in 2013-2014, reaching a peak of approximately 50 percent during that time. If it takes too long to fill a position or several of them, it can have costly consequences for your business. It can reduce morale and increase your turnover, for example, which can cause you to spend more on recruiting overall. It can also cause your company to lose valuable working hours.
There are significant advantages to employing a supply chain recruiting company to handle your hiring needs.
The benefits of using a supply chain recruiter include the following:
An experienced recruiter understands both the obvious and subtle differences between different kinds of job candidates and knows how to approach them. Active job candidates comprise approximately 25 percent of the gainfully employed workforce in the United States. People don’t always begin to actively seek new employment opportunities because they’ve lost their jobs. Some job seekers are motivated to look for new opportunities because they’re worried that their current employer is unstable and may downsize or go out of business, while others search for new employment because they want to take on more responsibility.
Passive job candidates make up about 60 percent of the American workforce. A passive candidate is an individual who is currently employed and not searching for a new position. Even though passive candidates are not looking for new opportunities, however, it doesn’t mean they’re not interested in discussing them. In fact, the majority of passive job candidates are open to talking with a recruiter.
Proactive candidate sourcing is generally the most effective way to get passive candidates interested in making a change in employment. Working with a supply chain recruiter gives you access to both active and passive candidates. It will also introduce your company to the subset of passive workers who are considered super passive. While super passive candidates are content in their current roles and uninterested in a new job at this time, a recruiter can still establish a relationship with them and speak with them when an opportunity would make sense for them to discuss.
In general, it can take up to 80 percent of a position’s total salary and benefit costs to train a new employee to perform only the basics of their job. When someone leaves your company, it can cost up to 200 percent of the same costs to bring in a replacement. The statistics underscore the importance of finding the right people to fill your open positions, as well as the importance of interviewing qualified, pre-screened candidates instead of applicants who haven’t been fully vetted.
Working with Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters establishes a lasting relationship with a reliable and knowledgeable industry partner that is dedicated to your company’s success. Our talented team of recruiters has more than 150 years of combined experience in supply chain, logistics and purchasing. Our vast experience enables us to work with employers in many industry sectors. We have the tools, contacts, knowledge and expertise to find, recruit and place the right candidates to fill your open positions.
Every day, we help our clients fill positons at multiple levels within their respective organizations. We recruit at the corporate, vice president, director, manager, supervisor and analyst level on both national and local bases. Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters is an industry leader when it comes to recruiting for the following industries, among others:
Our list of services includes contingency recruiting, dedicated engagement recruiting, interim solutions and consulting and industrial staffing. We’re prepared to handle your recruitment needs, no matter what they are.
We demonstrate our dedication to your success by getting the right people for the right jobs at the right times every day. To learn more about how our specialized services can help your business, contact Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters today.