Recruiters search for the perfect employee
Are we a good match?
Today companies can’t afford to simply wait for job applications to roll in. To ensure that EMD can continue to attract the most talented candidates, its recruiters must actively approach well-qualified potential job seekers directly in the market. From the job seeker’s perspective, the recruiter represents the entire company.
“Every position integrates specific requirements, and every candidate has specific expectations. I have to get the suitable candidate enthusiastic about EMD as his or her first employer of choice. The biggest part of a recruiter's responsibilities is to actively identify talent and create a pool of valuable candidates. Positioning EMD as the preferred choice is another challenge,” says Damien Renaut to explain what he finds exciting and challenging about his job.
He is a recruitment specialist at EMD, focusing on the area of research and development. Forum Labo & Biotech in Paris is one of the most important exhibitions in Europe for recruiting expert laboratory personnel . With 300 exhibitors and 400 participating companies, this event is a magnet for approximately 8,500 trade visitors. “For us recruiters as well, this is one of the most important trade fairs in Europe,” explains Renaut, who looks for qualified specialists whom he could consider for the vacant and future positions in his area of responsibility or in other units.
But why is Renaut attending trade fairs to look for candidates instead of simply sifting through the pile of applications on his desk? “In the field of recruiting, the times have changed,” he says. Job seekers used to apply directly to companies to show their interest, but today the trend is different. As the recruiter explains, well-qualified applicants with “niche” profiles are visible, and are being sought, all over the world. Because of their excellent training they are in a position to look for the best jobs themselves in a globalized labor market.
Although only the beginnings of the demographic shift can be felt at present, in many sectors there is already a shortage of qualified workers. That is forcing companies to compete for the best applicants. This “war for talent” poses new challenges for every company — especially companies such as EMD, which can only remain successful if they have highly qualified and innovative employees.
"Forum Labo & Biotech" in Paris is one of the most important European exhibitions for recruiting expert laboratory personnel
One out of three vacancies is hard to fill
This observation is backed up by the Recruiting Trends Study 2013, which was conducted by the Centre of Human Resources Information Systems (CHRIS) of the Universities of Bamberg and Frankfurt am Main.
According to the study, the 1,000 biggest German companies believe that more than a third of all of their vacancies will be hard to fill in the coming years. Nine out of ten companies also believe it will become even more difficult to find well-qualified employees in the future. Another thing has also changed: Today it’s almost normal for employees to change employers after a few years. As a result, vacancies open up not only because of expansion and retirement but also because of employees leaving for another company.
“The times have changed in the field of recruiting.“
Recruitment specialist at EMD
In view of this development, the companies have changed their approach. They are now actively building up their contacts with potential applicants. The recruiters monitor the increasingly complex applicant market and its steadily growing range of new qualifications, and they compare it with their companies’ current and future requirements.
At the same time, the company has to promote itself to the applicants and present itself as an attractive employer. Working conditions, opportunities for personal development, and other services have to correspond to the potential candidates’ expectations so that they will choose the company as their future employer in the application process. Only employees who are well-suited for the work they do will be satisfied with their workplace in the long run, and that in turn is in the company’s own interest.
EMD employs around 39,000 people in 66 countries — recruiters try to attract new talent to the company
Setting EMD’s course for the future
What qualifications should a recruiter have in order to successfully find the right applicants for the vacancies in his or her company? According to Damien Renaut, “We have to know our sector and be familiar with the long-term trends. Only if I know where to find the right candidates can I identify them and get them enthusiastic about EMD.” This is the basis on which an appropriate recruiting strategy is developed and then initially used to draw attention to the company as an employer. Once this attention has been gained, the recruiter has to identify the appropriately qualified candidates and motivate them to apply for a job at the company.
Nowadays successful recruiting also requires a high degree of empathy. The recruiter must know and address the needs of job seekers, such as the possibilities for balancing family and professional responsibilities. The recruiter must also know what other issues are important to the applicants. In this way, an innovative and dynamic company in a sector with a bright future can score points — especially if its employees feel that they are being promoted, challenged, and supported. At his company’s stand in the Forum Emploi at the exhibition in Paris, Damien Renaut is conducting further talks, making initial contacts, and collecting CVs. “My special responsibility here is clear,” he says. “I’m helping to set EMD’s course for the future.”