Recruiting can be a long and laborious process, especially if you’re not finding the right candidates. If you’ve been looking for staff for some time with no luck, perhaps you’re not looking in the right places. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many recruiters, HR personnel and managers forget to look further afield for candidates. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at four groups you can explore to find the right staff for your business.
Many recruiters overlook migrants because they don’t have local experience. And whilst local experience does have its advantages, it is not always essential. In fact, sometimes having some experience from abroad could actually be advantageous. For example, civil engineers in Australia may have working knowledge of how things are done in Australia, but a civil engineer from India will still have a working knowledge of civil engineering but with additional knowledge about different methods that could improve the processes used in Australia.
When looking for candidates, make sure you don’t dismiss their resumes because of their country of origin. Take some time to look at their qualifications and job titles to understand exactly what they mean. It’s easy to dismiss a candidate on paper because their qualifications and experience don’t exactly match what we’re used to in Australia. But with a little bit of online research, you may discover that they actually have the qualifications, experience and knowledge you need.
Similarly to migrants, refugees could have exactly the right experience and skills you are looking for. The only difference between both categories is that refugees have been forced to flee their country for reasons beyond their control. So whilst they may take a little time to get to grips with a new culture and language, they may well be perfectly suited to your business. Once again, take some time to look at their resumes and understand exactly what qualifications and experience they can bring to the table.
3) Candidates with disabilities
Many employers overlook candidates with disabilities because they are misinformed about their obligations as well as the limitations a disabled candidate may or may not have. Just like the other groups of people we’ve discussed so far, disabled candidates may have exactly the qualities and experience you are looking for. Furthermore, in some instances you may even be eligible for government funding in order to support disabled staff in the workplace.
There are many companies who specialise in disability employment services in Australia who can help you to navigate the process and assist you in finding the right candidates for your business. They work closely with candidates living with all sorts of disabilities and can help make the process as smooth as possible as well as help you to access ongoing support.
4) Entry level candidates
Whether it is straight out of school, post university or after years in a completely different job, candidates with zero relevant experience are often overlooked for roles. And whilst some roles inevitably require a certain amount of experience in the relevant industry, there are many instances where the right skills and attitude could far outweigh any specific on-the-job experience.
So before you dismiss candidates because their CV isn’t filled with the job titles you’d usually expect, take some time to read between the lines and get a sense of the softer skills and transferrable knowledge. Naturally, this approach may require a little bit of on the job training for the successful candidate but wouldn’t you rather have an unexperienced employee with the right attitude, interpersonal skills and willingness to learn rather than a highly experienced employee who is too arrogant to listen or adapt?
When recruiting, it’s tempting to limit your search to resumes that match exactly what you need. And whilst this approach can work, you may also be missing out on a treasure trove of fantastic candidates. Try to think outside the box a little and focus on softer skills and transferrable knowledge. Whilst you may need to invest a little time in their development at first, the long term benefits of having staff with the right attitude and interpersonal skills will far outweigh the initial investment.