Adapting to Changing Candidate Needs in 2024

Author:  Tara Smylie

As we approach the summer of 2024, the biotech job market continues to evolve at lightning speed. To attract top talent in an ever-changing hiring landscape, you need to stay ahead of the curve and understand exactly what the candidates of today are looking for. So, how have candidate’s needs and wants changed since 2023?

The Biotech Skills Gap

For several years now, there has been a growing gap in biotech skills – or in other words, a shortage of candidates who are trained to fill the roles many companies are scrambling to fill in 2024. One way to tackle this gap: teaming up with educational institutions training the employee soon to enter the workforce. By working together to develop educational materials and curricula, you can ensure that students are getting the skills they need to succeed in the real world.

Another effective way to bridge the biotech skills gap is by implementing in-house training programs. By investing in the professional development of your existing workforce, you can upskill employees and prepare them for the evolving demands of the biotech industry. In-house training programs can be tailored to the specific needs of your company, ensuring that employees are equipped with the particular skills required to excel in their roles.

What Attracts the Best Employees in 2024?

It’s 2024, and flexibility is key: candidates want the freedom to set their own schedules. Now, that doesn’t mean letting them work whenever they want, but being open to flexible working hours is a huge perk. After all, in a world where employees are often spread across various time zones, a rigid schedule just doesn’t cut it anymore.

At least some leeway around remote work is almost a must for the modern-day workplace. That said, it’s important to keep things personal. Embrace the digital age by conducting Zoom interviews, using online questionnaires, and giving virtual workplace tours. These digital tools not only make the hiring process more efficient, but also help candidates get a feel for your company culture – even if they’re miles away.

Lastly, don’t forget about branding! Working with a recruiter to develop a strong company message can make you more appealing to top candidates. Your employer brand extends beyond just your company website and social media presence, but to every touchpoint candidates have with your organization, from the recruitment process to onboarding and beyond. A strong employer brand can help you attract passive candidates who may not be actively looking for a new job but are drawn to your company’s reputation as an employer of choice.

Workplace Culture

In 2024, a positive workplace culture is not just a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. Candidates are actively seeking out environments that prioritize collaboration, support, and camaraderie. They want to work in a place where they feel valued and appreciated, where they can contribute to a shared vision and be part of a team that feels like family.

But what exactly does a positive workplace culture look like in 2024? For starters, it means valuing teamwork above all else. Candidates want to work in an environment where everyone is encouraged to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and support one another. Whether it’s brainstorming sessions, cross-functional team projects, or company-wide initiatives, candidates want to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.

Additionally, candidates are drawn to companies that know how to have fun. In 2024, employees want to work for a company that knows how to strike the right balance between work and play. Whether it’s hosting team-building activities, organizing company-wide events, or simply celebrating milestones together, candidates want to work for a company that doesn’t shy away from a little fun. After all, a happy team is a productive team!

Making Your Offer Competitive

With so many companies competing for the best employees, it can be tough to stand out. But don’t worry – we’ve got your back! If you’re looking to fill a role with a highly qualified candidate, Sci.bio’s recruitment services can help. We know that no two clients are the same, so we provide customized recruiting support that adapts to a given client’s structure and needs and have placed successful candidates with a variety of companies. Please contact us to connect with a recruiter and discuss your needs, and follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

Related Blogs:
1. Job Perks that Matter Most to Candidates
2. An Offer They Can’t Refuse
3. Struggling To Fill A Job Vacancy?

References
1. The Future of Biotech Talent Acquisition: Trends and Predictions for 2024
2. Top 5 Job Seekers’ Expectations in 2024
3. Best Practices in Recruiting

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