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How to Fill Critical Engineering Roles in a Scarce Market

Posted By: Brookwoods Group on June 23, 2022

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Finding new engineering talent can be extremely difficult as professionals discover that they have options, whether it’s more flexibility with working from home or competitive compensation packages.

That doesn’t mean the right-fit talent isn’t out there or that you can’t hire them.

Besides technical knowledge, strong communication and leadership skills, excellent troubleshooting and project management skills, mechanical prowess, and workflow development capabilities, you also want professionals who fit within both your company culture and the unique culture you’ve built as a team. This task will seem even more challenging if you’re looking to fill multiple roles.

In this blog, we’ll help make things easier. Are you struggling to fill critical engineering roles and build a strong team in a scarce talent market? Here’s what you can do:

1. Hire an Executive Staffing Agency

It makes sense to hire professionals who know how to find and recruit perfect-fit professionals. Today, many engineering companies handle complex recruitment needs themselves, but even they aren’t as plugged into the market and top candidates as an executive staffing firm is. You may struggle to find the right candidates, shortlist the right skills, and hire talent that’s right for your company. If you hire the wrong professional, you’ll have to begin the process all over again.

Hiring an engineering staffing and recruitment agency is an excellent way to get the best talent. Whether you need a new engineering professional or five to fill out a team, professional recruiters can utilize their expertise, processes, and networks to find the right candidates for your company culture.

Trusting an established executive staffing firm is a great way to make sure you’re considering only qualified candidates.

2. Understand Which Skills and Strengths Are Important to Your Company

Every engineering company should have a defined company culture based on its mission, vision, and values. Make sure you take time to communicate what those are in your job description to screen out those who won’t fit.

Look at your top performers and determine which skills make them the most efficient team players in your company. Look for these characteristics in new candidates.

Every business should craft the “ideal hire,” but be careful not to be so restrictive or narrow in the description that the candidate is too difficult to find, let alone hire. Don’t let “perfect” get in the way of “excellent.” In this market, waiting for a candidate who checks every single box will cause you to lose out on candidates who could be great additions to your team.

3. Provide More Flexible Working Options

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This is the most significant development in the professional workplace in over 50 years. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working has become a normal work situation for many employees. As employees handle increasingly varied and complex responsibilities at and outside the home, they’re requesting greater flexibility with dividing their time between working at home and in the office.

While most engineering roles require on-site work, make sure you provide some flexibility to candidates, including hybrid work-from-home options. With today’s technology, this is more possible than ever and will attract more applicants to your openings

Brookwoods Group is considered one of the top Executive search firms in Houston. Contact our Executive search consultants to start finding skilled professionals for your company. Our recruiting firm has an excellent track record for finding and screening candidates who are a perfect fit for your company and team.

Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you find the right professionals right now.