Challenge 1: Don’t stick by familiar recruitment habits
It has become difficult to find staff in certain jobs and sectors. SMEs find this shortage of labour particularly challenging as they have to compete with larger companies to recruit suitable employees on the labour market. Some SMEs make the mistake of sticking by familiar recruitment habits – they only search regionally, only focus on certain types of employee or recruit via the same channels they have used for years. SMEs would be well advised to address the questions of “who are we searching for?” and “how are we searching?” When defining your target group, also consider those switching careers or candidates returning to the profession, or when it comes to recruitment channels, taking advantage of your networks or attracting back former employees by maintaining contact with people who have left the company.