Electrical engineers are a very specialized talent pool. If you find yourself in needing to hire industry-leading talent but are unable to source high-quality candidates, it can be a very difficult situation. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do as a hiring manager to locate and attract talented electrical engineers to join your company.
Understanding the Electrical Engineering Talent Pool
Electrical engineering is a particularly specialized skill set, which requires a significant investment of time and education on the part of the candidates. Depending on your location, there may or may not be local schools which even offer the types of programs that will make your candidates qualified for the position. This is a key reason why some localities may offer only a handful of qualified candidates, and considering the demand for electrical engineers such areas see an unavoidably competitive hiring market. With that in mind, employers need to be proactive in their recruiting efforts and willing to provide the extra incentive to recruit and retain the talent they require.
Finding the Right Talent
Recruiting efforts such as help wanted ads, job listings, and job fairs are all hyper-local in their focus. Finding and attracting engineers outside of a given area can be difficult. While the internet has made it easier to communicate with candidates who are not located within the immediate vicinity of your business, convincing those applicants the work is worth a long commute or even relocation may not be in our best interest.
That said, social media is a powerful tool that allows employers to connect with a wider audience of candidates. There are often applicants looking for a change of scenery and as such are willing to widen their search parameters. To connect with your ideal electrical engineering candidates, be specific in your job descriptions, use smart keywords in your recruiting material, and be transparent in your expectations. To widen your search, consider joining localized groups on LinkedIn or Facebook. Above all else, make sure your company’s social media presence is strong and effective.
Networking with existing electrical engineers is another effective way to pinpoint high-quality talent. Many candidates or potential candidates are connected through school, work or social groups. Receiving a recommendation for a talented hire can be a simple and effective way to find your next electrical engineer. Ask current staff members if they have any connections seeking an opportunity with a company like yours, and consider offering a reward structure to incentivize hiring recommendations.
Working with a high-quality staffing firm such as Search Staffing often provides the support needed for companies to connect with a wider talent pool. We are highly skilled at recruiting and placing industry-leading talent in hard-to-fill positions. We have connections throughout multiple areas meaning our talent pool is more diverse and eager to hit the ground running. Give us a call today to see how we can help you find the talent you are looking for.