What are Today’s Top Candidates Looking For?

September 4th, 2015

With the improved economy, job seekers have more options than ever before. They won’t take just any job; they’re looking for the right job.

Financial Rewards

Let’s get money out of the way first. Absolutely, money is a factor in a candidate’s decision to accept a job offer. A hefty paycheck is nice; so are other financial benefits like 401K plans with company matching. Companies that want to attract top candidates should allow participation immediately, not wait until a probationary period is complete.

Comprehensive Benefits

Despite the Affordable Care Act, many people prefer insurance through their employer, so offering medical, dental, and vision benefits is still important. While the FMLA requires unpaid leave, companies can draw top candidates by offering paid leave for maternity, paternity, and other life events.

Work-Life Balance

Paid time off and flexible work arrangements – varied schedules and allowing work from home options – let employees manage their personal and work obligations.

Positive Company Culture

It may not be easy to make the “work” part of work-life balance as enjoyable as the non-work part, but companies need to provide an environment where people are happy to spend their time. Create an atmosphere where people are respected not just for their contributions to projects, but also for their opinions on other matters affecting the business. The physical environment matters too; the company’s site doesn’t need to look like the pages of a design magazine, but it should be cheerful and appealing enough to not turn off candidates.

Exciting Projects

Particularly in technology, where the industry changes so rapidly, top candidates want to work with new technologies on exciting projects. Companies that are rigidly adhering to old technology and old methodologies will have a harder time attracting the best candidates.

Opportunity for Development

Top candidates want to keep growing. This growth can come in different forms: through mobility in the workplace providing the opportunity to work on a variety of projects; through a career ladder in the workplace encouraging the development of leadership skills; and through support for training and continuing education.

InReach IT Solutions will help you find job candidates who are looking for the opportunities and rewards your business offers. Contact our expert recruiters today to learn more about what top candidates want, and how you can attract them to your firm.