3 Ways to Win Over a Top Engineering Candidate

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The best engineers know they are in demand within the energy industry. Many talented professionals looking for the next step in their careers will field multiple offers from other employers. As a top employer looking for talented candidates, you will need to be prepared to go above and beyond your competitors’ efforts to win them over. In today’s blog, we will discuss three creative ways to catch the interest of the energy industry’s top engineering candidates.

Think Beyond Financial Incentive

Top engineering candidates are more likely to receive multiple offers of similar financial incentive and structure. While it may seem obvious to simply try to outbid your competitors, this isn’t necessarily the smartest strategy to win over your potential future candidate. There are a number of other strategies you can try to come out ahead of the competition without financing yourself out of a limited budget. Today’s professionals are looking to work for companies who respect and encourage a strong work-life balance, with an attractive corporate culture. Consider thinking beyond the basic financial incentives with these alternative compensation methods.

A Strong Benefits Package

The obvious next step beyond salary incentives is benefits packages. There is such a wide selection of health and dental insurance coverages available today that really is crucial for employers to know they are providing a competitive package. Many services, such as dental and vision, come with less appealing fees or coverage gaps that can leave a potential hire wishing for more. A commitment to a strong benefits package is seen as a commitment to the health and well-being of your employees.

Flexible Work Hours

Recent studies show that more than half of employees value having quality time outside of their day-to-day work. Workers who do not feel they are able to balance the demands of work and life are more likely to pursue other employment opportunities. Offering flexible work schedules, like flexible start and end times, a four-day work week, or telecommuting, help to offset the demands and stresses of working the average full-time job. Other incentives include offering paid time off (PTO) rather than traditional sick leave or vacation, allowing carry over of PTO into the next calendar year, allowing employees to take unpaid leave for family or medical needs, limiting requests for employees to work outside of their normal work hours, etc.

A Positive Corporate Culture

It turns out that the leading reason employees quit a job is due to a lack of career growth or direction within a company. Build and promote a corporate culture of learning and career support through mentorship programs, and training or continued education opportunities. Showing a long-term commitment to your employees will help you locate and retain those who will hold a long-term commitment to the success of your company. Creating the type of positive corporate culture that retains employees will also help to attract top industry talent.

For more information on how to find top engineering candidates, contact the experts at ACS Professional Staffing today!

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