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Recruiting and Relocation in Today’s Challenging Environment

According to the 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, human resources professionals face a challenging new recruitment environment. The economy is growing and businesses are hiring, with many planning “extensive” recruiting programs for the coming year. March 2012 marked the lowest unemployment rate in the United States since the beginning of the economic downturn in 2009.1

Meanwhile, even though the housing market is slow, HR professionals are optimistic about the willingness of the workforce to relocate and do not foresee obstacles in the way of recruiting candidates from distant locations.

Still, many survey respondents admit that their companies are not tuned up for a competitive period of recruiting:

  • Many companies lack confidence in their recruitment and relocation programs.
  • The overall rate of recruiting success for many companies is not as high as it could be.
  • Recruiting incentives, including benefits packages, may not always meet candidate needs or expectations.
  • Recruiters are not using all the recruiting tools they could, including social media.
  • Company relocation packages do not address some key areas, like spousal support.

1 U.S. Dept. of Labor, April 2012.

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