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What are the top 5 things candidates are looking for in a company?

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Opportunities to develop

Some people have a clear vision of where they want to be in five or ten years’ time. Others aren’t so sure but knowing that there are opportunities to progress is really important to most people when they are making decisions about a new job.

Employers offering clear career paths or who are prepared to invest in continued professional development for their staff are likely to attract the best applicants. It is also key to retaining good employees, staff are more likely to leave because of lack of opportunities than for any other reason.

Work life balance

Most people are prepared to work hard and be committed to an employer but they also want to know that they have the balance right. Flexible working and the option to work from home is increasingly on the wish list of many job seekers.

Clear leadership

Whether it is leadership at the top of an organisation or a line manger that someone feels they can be mentored by and learn from leadership is key. With unemployment at a record low, job seekers have more choice than ever about who they work for. Knowing that your new organisation has clear, strong leadership and direction is very appealing.

Company culture

Simply put people want to work in places where they share the values of an organisation. They want to be happy to go to work and feel that their contributions are valued. What one person looks for in a prospective employer will be different to another.  For some a culture where everyone is valued and has a voice will be important. Others might feel that they thrive in a competitive environment where success and achievements are acknowledged and rewarded.

The package, salary and benefits

Pay level isn’t always as important to people as you might think but of course it does play a role in the decision-making process. Increasingly people are conscious of not just the basic salary they are offered but all the other things that they may or may not be offered as part of their package. A generous pension package, private healthcare, gym membership and other perks or rewards are all valuable additions which can help to recruit and retain staff.

If you are looking for help or advice on recruiting staff then get in touch. At Mainline we have a wealth of experience of matching candidates to suitable jobs and helping businesses recruit the right staff at the right time.