STS AeroStaff Services (STSAS) has seen an unprecedented increase in the volume of new orders it has received over the past three months. Many of our company’s clients continue to express a growing need for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMT’s); a fact that has allowed us to raise the number of Recruiters and Recruiting Coordinators we employ by an astounding 25% in Q3 of 2015.
In addition to all of the new bodies STS has brought in, our department has extended its hours of operation so that we are now open 12 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Also, in an effort to keep up with the ever-increasing hiring needs of our clients, the STSAS team has further extended its operational schedule on weekends, which in turn has added at least a 50% increase in the number of hours we put in on Saturdays and Sundays.
So what does all of this mean? That’s an answer best defined in two parts.
- A steady increase in the demand for AMT’s means our company now has more new orders to fill than we’ve ever have before. This yields more submittals, more hires and happier customers.
- The increased demand for AMT’s means there is an obvious shortage of workers in the industry, and this presents a unique staffing challenge for STS.
The STS AeroStaff Services team is committed to seeking out and finding the most qualified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) on behalf of our clients. In order to continue this trend, however, we needed to break away from the tradition recruitment model most staffing agencies adhere to. In other words, we have begun to implement a wide-array of modern technological tools in an effort to help us in our hiring efforts. For example, we have tapped into the power of social recruiting, which can best be defined as using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to engage with both passive and active job seekers alike. These platforms have ostensibly given us the ability to reach thousands of talented job seekers at once rather than cold calling one at a time. Needless to say, this has caused our operational efficiency to skyrocket.
In addition to the new social recruitment tools we now have in place, the STSAS team has also been able to tap into the power of visual recruiting via the creation and distribution of rich multimedia content online. Our team has also built a brand new, responsive website that has given us the ability to streamline the job search and application process for our candidates by making it easier for them to find the open positions we have and apply on their device of choice.
Over the past three months, STS has also invested a considerable amount of time and resources into the creation of internal sourcing tools that now allow us to effectively crawl STS’ resume database (as well as the resume database of major online job boards like Career Builder, Monster, Indeed, etc..) of 10M+ in seconds rather than days. This happens through the implantation of a unique parsing system that is controlled by the keywords we set up for a given position. Once those keywords have been defined, we simply hit the “search” button and let the technology spin out dozens – if not hundreds – of qualified candidates to fill the needs of our clients.
Each and every new team member that joins STSAS is trained to utilize the wealth of online recruiting tools we now employ. They are extensively taught how to use these tools to our company’s hiring advantage (there’s as well), and we are starting to reap the benefits of that knowledge.
In summation, STS AeroStaff Services is as busy as we’ve ever been. We have a record number of active contract employees working in the field, and an even larger number of new orders to fill. Will this be a challenge for us? You bet, but it is one me and my team are eager and ready to tackle.