The so-called skills shortage which is probably one of the biggest challenges currently facing recruiters is being met head-on through a new course being offered by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Candidates are the lifeblood of the recruitment industry and without them many businesses would not survive so the half-day course will give expert guidance on how to generate potential candidates through existing ‘banks’ of jobseekers.

The course provides easy to follow strategies addressing the reasons why there are candidate and skills shortages. From this, there are tips on managing the candidate “bank”; tracking candidates; pre-selection and handling positive rejection; public relations and its importance in candidate generation and learning about web-based sources which can assist in the process.

Judith Armatage, the REC’s Director of Professional Development, said:

“We have designed this course in response to members’ feedback about their experiences with candidates, or a lack of them. The focus of this course therefore will be to gain and retain candidates through providing an exemplary service.”