With more than one million more open jobs than job seekers in the U.S. today, companies are facing very different hiring challenges compared to this time last year. With a limited talent pool to recruit from, hiring companies are encountering a serious skill gaps while trying to recruit talent.
In a recent LaSalle Network report, 2022 Recruitment Trends & Insights, 1/3 of companies reported struggling to find skilled candidates and 2 in 5 respondents stated their business reported more than 11% of jobs going unfilled in 2021 due to lack of talent.
According to a study by Emeritus, top in-demand skills businesses are seeking today include:
As leaders struggle to find skilled candidates, they may consider 1. hiring inexperienced candidates and investing in training and ongoing development, or 2. consider the internal talent pool, first. Providing growth and upskilling opportunities for employees is one key way to keep employees engaged and improve retention, while developing essential skillsets.
To promote internal job opportunities, leaders may:
- Share internal job opportunities on a company intranet homepage, via e-mail, or discuss open opportunities in meetings to increase awareness
- Request nominations from managers of high-performing employees
- Develop strong succession plans for high-potential employees
To learn more about this and other hiring trends to prepare for in 2022, download our full report here.