During the recession, some companies cut back on hiring and even eliminated positions altogether. However, even though the U.S. economy added a reported 217,000 jobs in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is still difficult for some job seekers to find work.
Despite the recovery in jobs, companies are spending more time conducting hiring efforts, according to an article in the International Business Times. As the source details, during the recession, companies had to adjust to working with fewer employees, and now have to spend more time vetting candidates because they have become increasingly selective.
As a result, they expect candidates to have multiple skill sets. The reason given for this is that they are looking for candidates to cover the duties of multiple roles.
“They’re looking for one person to fill two positions combined into one — with the responsibilities of both positions and the salary of the junior position,” Lisa Strickland, founder of San Diego nonprofit Operation Boomerang told the International Business times.
Another reason given for this delay in hiring is that companies would rather hire candidates who do not need as much training. Additionally, some companies are faced with a large selection of candidates and it can be time-consuming to review them all. This abundance of talent also allows employers to be more selective in their screening process because they have more options to choose from.
Faced with numerous candidates to vet, HR departments need a way to manage important details that will allow them to make the best hiring decisions. HR software solutions can help keep track of these details, making for a more organized and efficient hiring process.