Key West Ford is a Franchise Ford dealer that sells new and pre-owned vehicles, located on the outskirts of Vancouver BC and employing around 140 members of staff; they boast a large service, parts and detailing department. Additionally, their in-house leasing department deals with a lot of commercial businesses and is heavily connected in the movie industry.
Graham & Brown is an international wall decoration group that has been innovating the home improvement market for 70 years with British-made, design-led products. In addition to their manufacturing, design and marketing centre in Blackburn, they have sales offices and distribution centres across the world.
Sharon Ternan, HR Advisor at Graham & Brown, spoke to us about her experience recruiting with Vacancy Filler. The company currently employs around 400 members of staff in the UK and has recently experienced growth in the direct-to-consumer division of the business which has seen them hiring around 30 times a year.
The most successful retail brands pride themselves on their customer support, whereas those that neglect it often alienate customers and force them to shop elsewhere. Many brands in the retail industry rely on the service they give to create an environment for customers where they feel welcome and appreciated, it does not just help the brand, but it is also part of it.
The most successful brands bring together all aspects of their recruitment to not only benefit the hiring process, but to benefit all aspects of the company. By creating a holistic approach to recruiting, companies are able to advertise their brand, shed light on their strategy and effectively manage who has control over the recruitment process all while attracting and managing the best candidates. The best recruitment solutions bring more than just great candidates.
The retail industry is the largest public sector employer in Canada and although the sector experienced difficulties in the last global economic crisis, its position at the top continued and is reported to have grown year on year since.
In recent years, the job market has developed into one which is driven by the candidate. The expectations and demands of candidates have grown, while companies are striving to ensure both their successful and unsuccessful applicants are fully contented with their experience while applying for a job. In short, the gap between candidate and customer is becoming less and less.
But why has this phenomena come about and more importantly, what can be done to stay ahead of the curve?
As the UK’s largest supplier of kitchen and catering equipment, Nisbets currently operates out of two main sites and sixteen stores across the UK. In 2015 Nisbets recruited for around three hundred positions and looks to continue at this rate for 2016.
We spoke to Matt Ellis, the recruitment manager at Nisbets who spoke of how Vacancy Filler is set to assist with Nisbets growing employee base.
We were very proud and excited to be invited to the opening ceremony of Aldi’s new state-of-the-art regional distribution centre in Bolton on Friday 1st April.
The new hub replaces Aldi’s existing distribution centre in Middleton and has seen 550 employees make the move across to Bolton. Aldi are also now looking to hire 100 new members of staff to work within the logistics side of its business in the coming months.
There are many benefits to a career in retail, however many of these can often be overlooked; possibly as a result of outdated views on what the sector has to offer in terms of career development and opportunities for progression. The younger generation still seem to have misconceptions about working in the retail sector, following the belief that it is all low paid work that serves only a temporary purpose.
Recruitment campaigns in the retail sector attract on average, per role, twice as many applicants as any other sector in the UK, so with this in mind, it’s odd that around 35% of all retail sector employers highlight finding talented employees as one of the biggest challenges that they face. With so many applicants applying for retail vacancies surely there shouldn’t be an issue with finding the right talent? Surely having queues for your vacancies can be almost as beneficial as having queues at your tills?