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Tips for recruiting under 25-year olds

There are countless reasons why recruiting a person under the age of 25 could be beneficial to the success and growth of your business. As a job agency in Basingstoke, we’ve recently been reminded of the benefits of this yet again.

Spring is a time for new beginnings and you’ll not only be opening a window to a blossoming new career for a promising young candidate, they’ll bring you a refreshing dose of enthusiasm and engagement – not to mention a whole host of new ideas and the very latest skills. They’ll also create a sustainable talent pool for the future – a strong asset for any business.

Yet, despite having so much to offer, a common misconception still lingers in the air that the younger among the working population are somehow desperate for work experience.

To assume makes an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’

Depending on the economic climate in the time we began our careers, we might project the idea that under 25s are willing to do anything to get their foot in the door in their desired industry. Indeed, we might make all sorts of subconscious assumptions based on age.

For example, under 25s won’t care about benefits like flexible working as much as those who are older and potentially more likely to have childcare commitments…

Friends and a social life can take a back seat if someone under 25 is truly keen to get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder, can’t they?

Salary is all that really matters (especially for university students with debts to pay off)…

Think again

The truth is, as we discussed in our recent blog about the importance of having a plan B, it’s a much more candidate-led job market than ever before.

Young people are entering the workforce with highly sought-after skills, up-to-the minute tech savviness, and crafts honed by apprenticeships, not to mention valuable experience gained on placements and during internships. With unemployment at a low, it’s these young candidates that are calling the shots. And they’re looking for more than just a decent pay packet

So, what matters to under-25s?

Whilst appreciating that every potential employee will have their own unique drivers and barriers when it comes to accepting a job, there are a few things that are likely to appeal to younger workers…

  • A youth-friendly company culture – show candidates under 25 how you allow younger workers to shape the company values. Will they feel able to contribute ideas about the workspace and behaviours they’re an integral part of; those that are a major part of their daily life?
  • Development opportunities that demonstrate a clear path of progression so they feel inspired and encouraged to work towards their goals and improve their prospects and those of your business
  • Budget reserved to fund vocational training because the typical salary of most entry level jobs probably won’t give younger workers the option to go on valuable training courses without some financial assistance – plus you’ll see a return on that investment as they put their learning into daily practice
  • Flexible working is commonplace these days and offers a better work/life balance that allows staff to manage what’s important to them outside work – especially attractive if they’re studying, have family commitments, or wish to travel home at weekends because they’ve relocated in order to join your company
  • An active social community – organise work nights out to help foster important friendships because – simply from a business point of view – these are often a large part of the reason people stay in jobs so long. Tell staff what else is going on in the local area e.g. bars, restaurants, shops, gigs, festivals, hobbies, sports. Perhaps you can even offer related discounts & reward schemes as an additional perk of the job?
  • Ongoing support g. buddy and mentoring schemes, wellbeing helplines, a supportive and understanding team environment – it can be hard starting a new job without much experience, even more so without their usual support network if they’ve relocated. Deprioritising this could exacerbate mental health issues and possibly impact their productivity and attendance later down the line
  • Easy transport links and help with travel costs to support longer commutes and relocation e.g. rail season ticket loan, subsidised bus travel, car loan

These factors will improve the morale and productivity of your whole workforce, not just attract the under 25s – so how can you take a fresh look at your business today and inject some new energy into the way you do things?

Wote Street People is a job agency in Basingstoke that can help you find the perfect match between candidates of every age and jobs of all types! Just give us a call on 01256 799 127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk

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