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Tips to Find and Place Candidates in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Skilled Trades

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Sourcing during a skills shortage may feel like an impossible task, but with the right approach, you can improve your sourcing results for even the toughest roles. In this new weekly blog series, you’ll find relevant stats and tips for industries where talent is often high in demand but short on supply, like tech, finance, and business services. 

Recruiting for Industrial/Manufacturing at a Glance

According to the 2018 UK Recruitment Trends Report, automation is anticipated to impact all industries from a recruitment perspective, and Industrial/Manufacturing is no exception. Twenty-two per cent of recruiting professionals that service this industry predict that automation will create more jobs, whilst 49 per cent believe it will reduce available jobs.

It’s more important than ever to find and place qualified candidates effectively. Luckily, this is at least partly in your control.  Here are some tips to find and place candidates in Industrial/Manufacturing and the Skilled Trades.

Industrial/ Manufacturing Candidates

Stay on Schedule when Recruiting Drivers—Expert Tip from TextRecruit

Are you trying to place more drivers? Drivers are in high-demand and are constantly fielding new job offers. Schedule text message or email reminders ahead of time to stay top of mind and ensure prospective drivers show up for your interviews and training.

Go Where Your Candidates Are

More than half of skilled trade workers are over 45 years old, according to a study by Economic Modeling Specialists International. Which social networks are the best for finding older candidates for blue-collar professions?

The demographics point to Facebook: 72 per cent of all 50-60 year-olds use Facebook. And while LinkedIn’s largest audience skews wealthy (75K +), the largest percentage of Facebook users are working-class (less than 50K). This may be why Facebook is actively pursuing the blue-collar market for job listings.

This doesn’t mean you should ignore LinkedIn—they’re actively pursuing workers in industrial and manufacturing jobs. Instead, consider implementing both into your sourcing strategy.

Complete the Incomplete When Recruiting Construction Workers—Expert Tip from TextRecruit

Construction workers tend to start job applications on their mobile devices and have an above-average drop off rate. Following up on incomplete applications with a text message can increase dramatically improve your conversions.


Want more sourcing tips? Read Straight to The Source: Why Candidate Sourcing Matters and Tips For Success for interesting findings on the candidate acquisition landscape and sourcing tips that work.

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