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Recruiting Right for Logistics and Supply Chain

Recruiting Right for Logistics and Supply Chain

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Hiring the right talents is crucial for every leader who envisions to scale up their business to new heights; logistics and supply chain operations are no exception indeed. Globalisation has opened both – new opportunities and complex challenges, so fetching the right talent to bring value to your business network is imperative.

However, recruiting the right people to fill particular job roles is easier said than done. While logistics and supply chain is expected to see more hiring activity and talent demand this year, the alarming talent shortage in the field has made the process more complex. From manufacturing to warehousing and transportation, companies are required to have the best talent on board to tackle obstacles and oncoming challenges in logistics and supply chain.

So how could hiring managers find educated, experienced, and qualified people within scarce talent pool? If you face a similar issue, below are four tips on how you can improve your recruitment process for effective hiring in logistics and supply chain management:

Know who and what you need

Before announcing to the world that your company is opening up new job opportunities, you have to understand ‘who’ and ‘what’ you need. What kind of expertise and skillsets are critically-needed by the company? What makes it significant for your business growth? Knowing these pain-points will not only help conduct better hiring process, but would also prevent you from wasting time on non-urgent recruitments.

Define the ideal candidate requirements

When you have defined ‘who’ and ‘what’ you want from new hires, the next step is defining the specific requirements of an ideal candidate. Determine suitable quality, personality, and educational background for the job roles. While you need to be careful in screening the best people on the talent pool, it is better to not set the bar too high, as it will scare the candidates away.

Work with colleges and universities

If you want to spread and grow your network, develop affiliation with colleges and universities who have logistics and supply chain programs in their curriculum. You might need to establish and offer internship program for students and upcoming graduates. Not only will this establish your employer brand amongst wider audiences, you can directly pick on the top star graduates to add them for your business growth.

Don’t forgo onboarding

While you might have handed over the offer letter to the potential talent and got them hired, it does not mean that your job is done. While it is true that ‘time is money’, you should not forgo onboarding for new hires.

Although you might need them to get work-ready and understand business requirements as soon as possible, it is important to note that new hires need time to adjust themselves with the new work environment.

Rather than setting the bar of expectations too high and burdening them with critical subjects on their first day at work, you should invest some time in providing proper introduction about company culture. For example, give them mini-tour around your warehouse and explain how the operation works.

Onboarding process is important to set new hires high performance aligned with business goals in long run. If the program is successful, new hires will most likely continue to stay longer. However, if you fail implementing a proper onboarding process, chances are, they will not stay for long and soon quit.

The key to achieving hiring success in logistics and supply chain management is to clearly define your company’s short and long-term goals, and have firm grasp on your ideal candidates. Well-organised recruitment process is the most effective tool to attract the right people to fill critical job roles that meet business needs.

This article was first published here.