We are often asked, “What should my radio recruitment ad SAY?” To answer that question, let’s tell the tales of two radio recruitment ads: one that worked, one that didn’t, and why.Read More
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Both times in my career that I responded to a help wanted ad, I wasn’t actually looking for a job. I was just listening to the radio. Here's what happened.Read More
The unemployment rate in Maine last month, according to Maine's Department of Labor, was 2.9%. This is the lowest rate since Eisenhower was President.
Ironically, this so called good news for the economy is actually a dose of bad news for Maine business owners. Their growth and profitability is being hampered by an inability to fill critical job openings.
The labor crunch is affecting businesses of all types and sizes ranging from lobster boats to jet engine makers. Diana Roberge, a recruiter for Hannaford, one of Maine’s largest private employers, told the Portland Press Herald that the company has a wide range of positions open, from part-time jobs in retail to management jobs at its corporate headquarters in Scarborough.
Ms. Roberge also told the paper, "We just have to get more creative with how we recruit." This sentiment was echoed by recruiters like L.L. Bean, Bangor Savings Bank, Tyler Technologies, and EMHS in a webinar hosted by the SBA and Portland Radio Group
Many Maine companies have had success finding the qualified candidates they need by ditching traditional recruitment methods such as job boards, job fairs, and newspapers. Instead, they are turning to radio advertising to target candidates who are already working, perhaps for a competitor, but not currently looking to make a change.Read More
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In the olden days, finding new employees for a growing Maine small business was pretty simple. The owner would put a help wanted sign in the window and maybe a classified ad in the Portland Press Herald. After just a few days, the perfect candidates would present themselves.
Over the past year, however, Maine's unemployment rate plummeted from 3.8% to 3.0%. It seems everyone who wants a job has a job. This drop only intensifies the drought of qualified job candidates that is plaguing Maine small business owners.
The state's chronic labor shortage has even drawn the attention of The Washington Post.
In a recent story headlined, "2018’s Challenge: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough Workers", the Post reported, "In Maine, where flurries can fall as late as April, the state transportation department is struggling to find snowplow drivers, thanks to the increasingly tight labor market. Ski resorts in the state, meanwhile, are still looking for employees to run the slopes."
Many Maine businesses cannot grow, let alone survive without an infusion of new employees. To combat this existential challenge, these desperate business owners are turning to Portland radio to help recruit qualified candidates away from their current employers.Read More
The Maine unemployment rate in December dropped to 3.0%. This is down from 3.8% a year ago, according the state's Department of Labor. This drop only intensifies the drought of qualified job candidates that is plaguing Maine small business owners.
Maine State Economist recently told Maine Public Radio that the state's chronic labor shortage is crippling the state's economy. The crunch is being felt in all industries including hospitality, healthcare, and construction.
It seems, though, the toughest jobs to fill are the white-collar jobs. According to Nielsen, there are 337,600 white collar workers in southern Maine alone. But, after reviewing local job listings, that seems to be 5200 too few to fulfill the needs of area businesses. This is where Portland radio can help.Read More
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Every day that a "help wanted" sign hangs in the window of a Maine small business owner, the company loses productivity, customers, and money. In this era of full-employment, the number of days those jobs remain open has multiplied.
It is time for Maine small business owners to distance themselves from their short-term, promotion based recruitment tactics. The practice of posting job openings as they happen is no longer productive.
The era for longer-term, recruitment branding strategies has begun. Portland radio can play an integral role in this necessary transition from promotion to branding to help ease a company's struggle to attract new hires.Read More
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Maine's unemployment rate dipped to 3.0% percent last week, the lowest in 40 years. This low rate has stifled the ability for many Maine small business owners to find qualified candidates to fill job vacancies. Many employers are turning to Portland radio for help.
John Ryan, President of Wright-Ryan construction company, told the Portland Press Herald that the company is having a hard time finding workers, both skilled and unskilled. "The low unemployment figure is a wonderful thing on the one hand,” he said. “But our company is experiencing difficulty hiring people at all levels.”
Companies with jobs to fill are finding that traditional recruitment methods are failing. These companies are eschewing online job boards and newspaper classifieds. Instead, many are turning to Portland radio to find the best candidates.Read More
The economic news is good. Maine's economy is expanding. Consumer confidence is positive and causing cash registers to ring from Eliot to Estcourt Station and every town in between. So why are Maine small business owners not ecstatic?
According to a recent survey from The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information, one-out-of three Maine small businesses has at least one job opening. The problem is, there are just not enough qualified or interested candidates to fill these vacant positions. Portland radio may offer the remedy to this new employment crisis.Read More
There is good news, bad news, and better news for Maine small business. Spoiler alert: the better news is Maine employers are successfully using Portland radio to engage, recruit, and retain their best new employees.
The good news: the U.S. economy added 252,000 new jobs in December. According to the Labor Department, this caps a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department.
The bad news: Maine small businesses are having a hard time competing for qualified and skilled employees. In a recent article in Forbes, management consultant Dan Schwabel said, "If you ask any HR executive what their biggest challenges are, the skills gap is typically unanimously noted. I’ve been paying close attention to this trend over the past few years and the gap is actually widening instead of closing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 4.7 million job openings in June and more than half of employers say that they can’t find qualified candidates. This issue will progress until the college curriculum aligns with the current job marketplace. This year, we found that only 2% of companies are recruiting liberal arts majors but schools still offer those degrees. Companies need to start working with colleges so that students get the necessary skills to fill the gap."Read More