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Andrew Banks shares new ways to solve Australian retail’s skills shortage

The retail industry is facing a skills shortage, brought on by continuous lockdowns resulting in a lack of job security and the absence of international migration.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has highlighted the workforce skills shortage as the “single biggest challenge facing the Australian economy” in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join Andrew Banks in a live webinar as he shares how you can leverage technology to make better hiring decisions.

HR Evangelist, Andrew Banks has over 40 years of experience in the recruitment industry, heading up global recruitment firms and being at the forefront of changes in the industry. He has experienced first-hand how technology is shaping the way companies find and hire talent.

Most talent acquisition managers focus on a candidate’s skills and qualifications when choosing who to take through to the first round of interviews. This screening process is adopted because hiring managers are time poor and what’s presented on a candidate’s CV is easy to compare across all applicants. Unfortunately, this process often means that best-fit candidates are overlooked as CV’s are unable to communicate the candidate’s work behaviours and preferences, or their alignment to the company’s purpose and values.

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in supporting talent acquisition managers to identify best-fit candidates and it can help enormously in the recruitment process. Banks believes that technology will never replace human recruiters but it has a significant role to play in enabling the right hires and if you don’t embrace it now you are going to be left behind.

Australia Retailers Association (ARA) has partnered with HR technology company Compono to launch a first to market retail-centric employment ecosystem called the ARA Talent Registry (ARATR).

The ARATR is a retail sector-specific jobs board where retailers can publish open vacancies and candidates can apply. This is no ordinary jobs board, however – it’s powered by an intelligent talent optimisation software called Shortlyster. Every candidate that applies for your open vacancy will be screened, ranked and matched instantly on three combined levels of organisational fit (culture, job and personality fit), and also skills and qualifications by leveraging a full self-learning AI engine, growing and learning each day.

The ARA and Compono are jointly hosting an upcoming webinar with Andrew Banks to discuss new ways to solve the skills shortage in Australian retail. Click here to register to attend this live webinar with Andrew Banks.