Hiring Picks Up in Portland – What This Means for Your Recruiting

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on October 16, 2013

The Portland job market has seen an upswing in hiring in recent months, as hiring trends rise – particularly in industries that require some degree of technical skill or a specialized license, such as a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

With more job opportunities on the market, candidates have a greater range of options from which to choose.  This is particularly true for top talent, who may find themselves weighing multiple job offers at once.

How do you prevent your company from losing out on the best workers available?  In the face of an improving jobs market, companies can take several concrete steps to ensure they continue to attract the top candidates and that the offers they make to these skilled individuals are accepted.  To improve your position in a changing job market, consider the following tips:

  • Analyze.  Make a detailed analysis of your hiring needs.  Use the information you gather to craft a complete and comprehensive job description for each position.  This job description helps both you and your staffing partner find the candidates with the right fit for the job.
  • Benchmark.  Ensure the compensation you offer is competitive by comparing it to the compensation offered by similar companies for similar positions.  Competitive compensation keeps you in the running when a candidate must decide between competing offers.
  • Use a process.  Create a streamlined hiring process that allows for prompt decision-making at all stages: while examining resumes, during and after interviews, and when making job offers.  Many companies lose top candidates to competitors merely because they wait too long to make the offer – don’t become one of them.
  • Seek help.  Working with Portland staffing experts like the team at TERRA Staffing gives you access to intimate knowledge of the marketplace and access to the best talent in the market.  Your staffing partner can help you find the talent you need before your competitors do.

At TERRA Staffing, our staffing specialists are experts in the staffing market in Portland.  We find the right people for our clients, and we can help you find the people you need, too. Find one our branches today to learn more!

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