Whether or not you agree with his policies, it’s hard for recruiters deny that President Trump is making bold moves on jobs and regulations. In his recent remarks before an audience of top American CEOs, the President stressed that bringing back manufacturing jobs is his administration’s priority—a process that will involve lowering taxes, reforming the tax code, loosening bank lending practices, and environmental deregulation. This is such a huge shift from the Obama era that it begs the question: how will our economy change? How will the job market change—and what can recruiters do to help employ average Americans?
Trump’s New Economy: Staffing Industry Changes
Should staffing professionals be worried? Excited? At this juncture, there’s no telling how Trump’s agenda will work out on the ground, in the everyday lives of American citizens. But we do know of certain market trends that are worth paying attention to.
As Bloomberg reports, the job market is tighter than it has been since the recession ended, with many employers unable to fill their job openings. Some employers have even raised wages as an incentive to attract new workers. The outlook is good, but any administration—the Trump administration, that is—needs to confront what economists call the “long-term unemployed”: those men and women who, having lost their jobs and found themselves unable to find new ones, simply drop out of the labor market, subsisting on public assistance, savings, and family support.
The President’s Labor Department has recently unveiled a program that will revitalize its “apprenticeship program,” which is meant to train and educate apprenticed workers—often those learning manufacturing trades—while providing them a wage. This is part of the administration’s plan for tackling those who feel “exiled,” so to speak, from the labor market at large—people who could, if they had the skills, fill those open positions we mentioned earlier.
This is where the staffing industry comes in. Staffing businesses have an opportunity here to find top talent to fill vacancies. Now clearly, some issues stem from a gradual “de-skilling” of the labor market—that there is, as Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has it, “a mismatch between available jobs and prospective employees’ job skills.” To match talent to jobs, workers need the right required skills, and due to lack of education, many years spent in a now-outmoded line of work, and other factors, many of the long-term unemployed lack these skills.
How Can the Staffing Industry Help?
The staffing industry is, potentially, in a great position to fill lingering open positions—if organizations have the most robust staffing software available. Accurate and powerful recruitment software will help recruiters find the diamonds in the rough, the candidates that HR departments across the country don’t have the resources to locate and reach out to.
Though de-skilling is certainly an issue, plenty of unemployed workers have necessary skills but lack the resources or technical proficiency to spend their days scrolling through job boards. It’s up to recruiters, and staffing organizations more generally, to find and open lines of communication to these workers—and, thereby, draw them back into the economy. Only recruiters can save the day.
But, again, to do so, today’s recruiters need the most intelligent and innovative Applicant Tracking Software on the market. In other words, they need JobDiva. Government can help train the unemployed, but only recruiters can find those who already trained—but only JobDiva has a stunning set of solutions to this problem. The users of TrustRadius, a software reviews site that sources ratings directly from users, have rated JobDiva the best staffing software in at least fifteen ways, compared to other players in the same space. In practice, this means JobDiva is the solution for staffing organizations that want to find the best candidates that their competitors cannot.
This economy represents a massive opportunity for staffing companies—for everyone from business leaders to the recruiters making calls and sending emails and all the way to sales teams. But if you want to reach hard-to-find candidates before other recruiters do, you need the software solution for the twenty-first century. You need JobDiva.
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