Introducing: the Recruitment Series, Part 1

It’s every manager’s nightmare: One of your best employees unexpectedly resigns, and now you have to find an immediate replacement. Or, a longtime employee is approaching retirement, and you worry about finding someone else with their particular skill set, which is not an easy task given that there’s currently a shortage of skilled laborers in almost every industry around the country. Rapid advances in technology along with the baby boomer generation retiring in masses have changed the landscape for employee retention and recruitment.

According to the Hardwood Economic Impact Study, the hardwood industry employs nearly 21 million people. Hardwood producers and manufacturers, such as sawmills and lumberyards, directly support nearly 750,000 jobs, while related industries, including transportation retail, forest owners, and loggers, support more than 1.4 million jobs.

Where do you turn when you need to fill the 21 million jobs that the hardwood industry supports? There are many ways to reach people in the digital age, from social media to email to job-search websites, you may wonder which one you should use. The simple answer is all of them. However, the key to finding quality employees is a little more complicated than just finding someone online.

Today, recruitment isn’t as easy as posting an ad and waiting for quality employees to come to you. You have to understand where your possible recruits spend their time, who they spend their time with, what their values are, what their personal goals are, and how you can help them grow. Luckily, in the digital age, these qualities aren’t all that difficult to find out.

Every week in December, we will be sharing tips, insights, and strategies that can help you in your search for the perfect employees to fill your companies’ open positions! Follow us Facebook and LinkedIn to see what tips we share next week!