The War for Talent – Strategies for Success

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By Peter Landesman, Senior Business Development Manager and Career Coach, JVS Career Services

The unemployment rate reached a historic low of 3.7% in September as reported by the US government. It has not been this low in nearly 50 years. While the news is a big positive for many workers, it’s not always good news for employers.

The shortage of available and experienced labor could hamper a company’s ability to grow and, in some scenarios, adversely impact the national economy.

The current jobs outlook skews towards jobs in healthcare, but there are other opportunities for workers, and some of these do not require college degrees. The Top Ten Most In-Demand Jobs are:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service Reps
  • Office Clerks
  • Nursing Assistants
  • General & Operations Managers
  • Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses
  • Accountants & Auditors
  • Maintenance & Repair Workers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Trailer

To attract and retain workers, employers find themselves being forced to increase pay and benefits in what is now a very competitive labor market. The recent announcement by Amazon that it is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour will have a cascading effect on its direct competitors as the supply of in-demand workers continues to shrink.

Employers are implementing a variety of strategies to attract and retain talent. HR Departments are relying more on social media to position their companies as an employer-of-choice. They are also focusing on creating a positive candidate experience throughout the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process.

More employers seem to be offering signing bonuses to acquire high-demand workers. The demand for Registered Nurses is so high that some hospitals are offering bonuses as high as $15,000 or, in a new twist, are offering to pay off a significant portion of an RN’s student loans.

And yet, employers are challenged to fulfill the demand for workers. They just do not have the resources on hand to focus on talent acquisition while struggling to run a business in today’s competitive market.

One solution is to work with professional recruiters that have the experience and resources to acquire talent. They have the inside knowledge and a network to find qualified candidates. Professional recruiters handle the screening and assessment of candidates, so the employer’s selection process is focused on only a few, highly qualified individuals. And professional recruiters work full-time to fill an employer’s open position.

Many local employers rely on JVS Career Services to be an extension of their organization. Whether it’s for entry-level or senior executive positions, JVS Career Services is a trusted partner that can find the best, most qualified talent. As a nonprofit, JVS Career Services can offer recruiting services at surprisingly affordable rates without sacrificing the quality of service that is provided.

Learn how JVS Career Services can help your organization attract talent with our recruiting  services by contacting Peter Landesman by phone at (513) 745-2905 or by email

Peter Landesman, Senior Business Development Manager and Career Coach, comes to JVS Career Services after 40 years as a marketing and marketing communications professional. Peter has worked in a wide variety of industries that include consumer packaged goods, retail, publishing, healthcare, information technology, private aviation, professional services, and employee benefits. He has worked for well-known companies such as World Book Encyclopedia, JCPenney, American Heart Association, NCR, and NetJets.

Peter has passionately pursued and welcomed opportunities to assist individuals with their careers and share connections that lead to the next step in their journey.  In addition to fulfilling a volunteer role with many JVS Career Services clients, Peter co-facilitates the American Marketing Association’s Career Transition Group. Among his other non-profit activities, Peter served on the Governing Board of the WE Lead Athena Program and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Greater Cincinnati HR Collaborative.

He and his wife, Linda are members of Rockdale Temple and Peter is proud to volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

To contact Peter Landesman, please call (513) 745-2905, or email