How Seattle’s Low Unemployment Affects the Search for Candidates

Aug. 11, 2015 Hiring Strategies


Candidate searches are hard, time consuming and, for many individuals, not your only responsibility. You may have dedicated 1/3 of your office hours this week to scouring LinkedIn, Monster, and Indeed for the perfect administrative candidate, but the ones you have found are very lackluster and don’t possess the skills you consider mandatory. You’re empty handed, frustrated, and not alone. According to SHRM, 68% of HR Professionals are experiencing difficulty recruiting candidates for full-time positions in their organizations.

THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH OPEN POSITIONS

In addition to having negative impacts on your teams, you’re having negative impacts on your revenue! Calculating the Cost of Vacancy (COV) can be basic for most positions, but on average in key jobs, a single vacancy can cost between $7,000-12,000 per day.

That’s an awfully steep price to pay in lost revenue opportunities; and with Seattle’s low unemployment rate, it’s truly become a candidate’s market, making it harder for companies to find their very own purple squirrel.

THE SOLUTION? LET STAFFING FIRM RECRUITERS SEARCH FOR YOU

Firms with administrative staffing specialties (like Parker, for example) understand your needs and requirements. They can narrow in on those resumes with tough-to-find skills. Moreover, they can personally screen candidates to ensure they meet (or even exceed) the criteria on your wish list and embody the culture of your organization. Taking advantage of recruiters’ and sourcers’ expertise frees up your time while allowing room for only the most viable, skilled candidates to come across your desk.