Hiring future-ready talent is now more important than ever, and fortunately, it may be readily available. A recent poll found that 61 percent of job seekers are actually hoping to transition into new industries. This means that companies have a golden opportunity can tap into a talent pool filled with people who are eager to learn new skills (which is one of the most important qualities you can hire for) and bring their passions to a new company or industry. And the key to securing this talent may lie in your employee benefits.
One of the keys to unlocking recruiting ROI is conducting strategic workforce planning and identifying transferable skills. AI-powered talent intelligence solutions like Censia deliver those insights and that talent. But what comes next is equally important.
Finding the right candidate is just the first step. The second, and perhaps the most important step, is figuring what employee benefits to offer to secure the candidate. Knowing what today’s job seekers are looking for in their next employment endeavor is crucial to landing that top talent.
Here are the job benefits candidates are looking for.
Let’s be honest: any survey or poll produced before 2020 should be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to what job seekers are looking for. The economic shifts caused by the pandemic changed everything. Both companies and employees have become much clearer on their priorities. And for employees, flexibility came out on top.
This is perhaps most true in regard to where a person works. Some hiring managers might make the mistake of assuming all job seekers want to work from home right now—but that isn’t the case. A 2020 online recruiting report from iHire found that only 7.6 percent of job seekers want to find a fully remote position. 42.2 percent of job seekers want flexibility in determining their working arrangements. One popular arrangement is a mix of in-office and at-home work to help them create a greater work-life balance.
Paid Time Off and Health Insurance
There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to highlight the need for good benefits. It should come as no surprise that today’s job seekers are looking for high-quality health insurance plans and paid time off.
Despite the increased need for flexibility and benefits, workplace diversity continues to rank highly. Two different polls (one from The Manifest and one from Glassdoor) found that roughly 70 to 75 percent of job seekers are looking to join organizations that employ a diverse workforce.
Today’s job seekers want to work for companies that share their values. A commitment to diversity has repeatedly proven to be beneficial for all involved and is more achievable than ever using diversity-boosting technologies.
Making This Knowledge Work For You
Every candidate has different needs. One way to discover the benefits that will help you secure your top candidate is by simply asking them during their interview. Having this information on hand will allow you to create a job offer they can’t resist.
Money is great, and a competitive pay offer will always go a long way toward wooing top talent. But it’s clear money isn’t the only thing candidates care about these days. That’s why comprehensive offer packages are so important when it comes to sealing the deal with the number one candidate on your list.