As an MSP company, you’re operating in an economic area where those seeking work have some level of maneuverability. They’ve got leverage. They understand their skills are in hot demand and that they can choose the best jobs available. While things aren’t quite so cutthroat in this area as they were just a few years ago, IT is still pretty competitive. You’ve got to manage candidates for positions carefully to get the best ones.
Many seeking jobs are looking for a solution right away. If they don’t hear back from you after filing an application, they’re going to keep looking for employment. Accordingly, you’ve got to have some standard practices in place which include notifying applicants on receipt of their application, and even sending out updates pertaining to application status in your business’s hiring division. Some additional tips in managing candidates most effectively include:
Expedited Application Review
Review applications quickly. Don’t do an under-representative job of examining those applications, but don’t just leave a pile sitting on some chair in an office somewhere. Prioritize application review and you’ll catch the good candidates before they find another job.
Regularly Communicate with Your Candidates
An MSP company can seem faceless and remote if it doesn’t make an effort to keep in touch with prospective employees. You want to communicate as regularly as it’s feasible to. Give them calls on the phone, text messages, and emails as it’s appropriate.
Don’t Undervalue Text Messaging as a Communication Medium
Speaking of text messages, these can often be more effective than emails at engaging prospective employees. Email these days is inundated with spam, and oftentimes it becomes second nature to delete a message from an unfamiliar source. This may seem like an oversight, but an average office worker is going to get about 90 emails a day. That’s just under four emails an hour in a 24-hour day and seven and a half emails an hour for a 12-hour day. Most workdays are eight hours, so your applicants are probably getting over 11 emails an hour or approximately a message every six minutes. It’s easy to lose one in the shuffle; text messages are a different story.
Resolve All Applications by Notifying Candidates of Their Status
Whether or not someone receives the position or whether you’re interested in interviewing them, you’ve got to “close the loop.” Don’t leave anything unresolved. Make this a regular practice and you’ll save time for yourself and those applying to your MSP.
Acquiring the Best Employees for Your MSP
An MSP company that doesn’t leave candidates hanging, incorporates text messaging, regularly communicates with prospective candidates, and prioritizes application examination should see more and better employee acquisitions. Today’s market is certainly competitive, but you can get better workers if you’re careful to manage applications effectively.