In September 2011, 52,000 new temporary/contract positions were posted in the US. This is an increase of 31% in temporary job postings since September 2010. One might think that since these jobs are not permanent, they are not as helpful to the economy. However, these temporary jobs offer great opportunities to the unemployed and help to get people back in the workforce quickly. In some cases, these positions could also lead to permanent employment opportunities later on.
Trends in the temporary job market
Market growth drives industry performance and there has been substantial increase in software & healthcare sector jobs in the temporary job market. The online ads have fueled the volume of and ultimately increased the market potential in these industries. Ultimately, temporary jobs play a vital role in marking the trend of the industry.
With temporary and contract positions becoming more commonplace in the market, businesses need to make sure they are equipped to handle this type of recruiting process. These positions tend to pop up very quickly and need to be filled just as quickly, so you need to make sure your recruitment process is firmly established. In addition, positions in the high tech or healthcare sector often have very specific requirements which also means your recruitment process can handle customized job requirements.
How to prepare for temporary recruiting
Recruiting for temp jobs requires your system to be able to process applications very quickly. Think of your recruitment process from beginning to end and ask yourself these questions to help you determine if your system is as efficient as possible:
- Can you post the job quickly to job boards and social media?
– How quickly and easily can you search through applicants to pull the most qualified candidates to interview?
– What’s the process of getting new employees set up in your system?
– Is your end-of-employment process easy or slow and complicated?
These are all questions you should be asking to handle temporary work placements. The faster and quicker you can place candidates, the better satisfied your clients will be. In today’s changing job market, your hiring process needs to be nimble and agile like the economy. The companies that will get ahead in the marketplace aren’t tied to complicated systems; they are using customized systems to follow the changing job trends.
Is your existing system flexible enough to handle the changing economy? If not, you might need to start looking for a better solution to manage your recruitment process. Many of these tasks can be managed through improved recruiting software solutions.
Have you had experience with temporary recruitment? Did you have to make changes to your process to accommodate it?
Please share your experiences with us in the comments!