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December 16, 2015 in HR, Employee Management, Recruitment

Talent Acquisition: Find the Best New Employees

You know the generation of Baby Boomers is huge, but are you aware that their legacy will be a shortage of qualified job applicants?

People born from 1946 to 1964 had only half the number of kids as their parents. The result is a crunch for young workers, particularly in big cities and among skilled workers such as nurses and teachers.

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If your company is finding it difficult to locate qualified new employees, you may be limiting yourself. Don’t just look at young college grads. There’s a wealth of other potential staff members out there if you know where to look.

Step up your recruiting efforts among the following groups:

  • Older Employees. McDonald’s, Walmart and Marriott have found retirees and older people to be reliable, skilled at dealing with others, and often available for part-time work. You can locate them through senior citizen’s clubs or publications geared to that age group.
  • Parents. Young mothers and fathers are often great candidates for part-time work or working from home. Mothers may be eager to jump back into the job market once the kids can take care of themselves.
  • The Handicapped. The physically handicapped often excel at jobs requiring intellectual skills. A visually impaired person can handle incoming customer service calls, a person in a wheelchair can type, and may have great computer programming skills, and the hearing-impaired often have top-notch manual or computational skills.

The Formula: Look around you. There are opportunities everywhere for finding people to fill entry-level jobs.