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Hiring With a Skills Gap

Have you ever been in this situation – you’ve encountered a candidate who has a great personality, but is lacking one or two necessary skills?  Maybe they have the education or certifications you need, but have never worked with a specific program?  What do you do if you’re considering hiring a new employee with a skills gap?

For many businesses, boosting productivity and increasing profits relies on the ability of your workers, both permanent and temporary, to develop new skills and adapt during changing times.  With professional development programs, skills gaps are easy to address with your current employees.  Sometimes, however, hiring managers find themselves working with a candidate pool that comes up short on certain skills.  The experienced staffing professionals at High Profile Staffing have come up with three ways you can hire a new employee even when skills gaps are present.

Harness different ways to find talent

Posting an opening online is going to flood your inbox with applications, but will they be the right applicants?  You may spend more time sifting through the mediocrity than you will onboarding your new hire.  Partnering with a staffing agency can both broaden your search and make the results more targeted. You’ll have access to a candidate pool filled with the exact skills you need. Hiring process professionals can do the sifting for you.

Provide extensive onboarding and professional development

Skills gaps are unavoidable, both in new and existing employees.  Many jobs require advanced soft skills and specific types of training.  Give your workers access to training, certifications and professional development that will help them build those skills.  Before they hit the floor, give them time to explore the technology and resources essential to their job.  Mentorship programs are often a great way to help new employees with skills gaps learn the ropes.

Inspire your managers

Good leaders must learn how to lead their teams relating to their workers’ everyday lives.  Managers must motivate employees, encouraging them to see the personal benefits of improving their job performance.  Leadership must provide extra support to new hires with a skills gap.  Clearly lay out expectations and objectives so these employees have the resources they need to build the skills you need.

Finding good talent isn’t a new problem, but it’s still a struggle for many businesses. Does your company need an infusion of highly skilled and certified workers? Contact High Profile Staffing today!