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3 Ways to Overcome the Talent Shortage

As the U.S. economy bounces back and skilled workers are finding it easier to get jobs with better pay, as much as 40% of employers report difficulties filling positions. But there is still much debate surrounding the looming talent shortage: is it because the pool of qualified candidates is dwindling, or is there a fundamental issue with businesses’ current recruiting practices?

Increased competition with other companies to recruit the best candidates is troubling for many employers because it increases employee turnover, reduces productivity, and impedes their ability to meet the needs of clients, ultimately costing businesses thousands of dollars.

The problem may not be with the candidates themselves, but with recruiters’ unrealistic expectations. If employers take a step back and reevaluate their hiring process, they can overcome the struggle for talent acquisition and retain skilled workers for long-term success.

Here are the top three ways businesses can quickly find the right fit for their open positions:

1. Reevaluate your recruiting approach

Traditional recruiting methods are becoming severely outdated. More than ever, job candidates are more responsive to personalized and direct communication when being reached by a particular company. If a business truly believes that an individual is a great candidate for an open position, it is advisable to ditch the generic recruiting email templates. Methods such as email and job boards can lead to an arduous search, and the types of candidates you want are reluctant to use and respond via these impersonal channels.

Tailor your approach to convey genuine interest and a positive brand image, including specific reasons why you think they would be a good fit and the advantages of joining your team, to engage the most talented workers. Companies no longer have the upper hand. Now, skilled candidates must be sold on job prospects instead of the other way around, which should be considered as you reevaluate your recruiting approach.

2. Don’t hold out for your dream candidate

The mistake that most businesses make when they are recruiting is waiting for an imaginary perfect candidate with the exact skills that they want for the exact salary that they want to offer to just fall into their laps. This method is likely to take forever, and almost never results with hiring a highly desirable candidate.

To save time and provide a long-term solution, particularly with talent retention, focus recruiting efforts on hiring someone with less experience but great potential to learn the necessary skills as they go. In other words, rather than holding out for your dream candidate, groom someone else to become your dream candidate. The easiest way to overcome the shortage of talent is to create talent yourself.

3. Consider outsourcing to industry experts

How can a small business get a talented receptionist with the expertise they need without having to offer an unreasonably high salary? Finding affordable receptionists that are still highly skilled and knowledgeable about a specific industry’s practices is a common problem encountered by attorneys and healthcare providers, in particular.

Candidates with those highly sought after skills are not likely to be swayed by a low salary. Talent, unfortunately, comes at a price, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t cost effective alternatives. For far less than an hourly or salaried employee, you can hire a live virtual receptionist that is specially trained for your industry needs. Virtual receptionists are real professionals that work remotely in industry-specific teams, so whether you need a receptionist with paralegal training or one familiar with HIPAA requirements, you can get the skilled help you need at a cost that any business can afford.

The talent shortage poses a real threat to many businesses, but there are still ways to hire and retain talented employees, from changing your recruiting strategy, having confidence in less experienced candidates, or outsourcing to more affordable and remote skilled workers.
Overcome the talent shortage today by hiring industry experts from Davinci Virtual Receptionist Services.


5 Business Tools You Should be Utilizing [Infographic]

Discover the five must-have business tools, recommended by Davinci Virtual Offices, to keep your business competitive with low overhead while maintaining that personal feel necessary for great client relationships.

5 Business Tools You Should Be Utilizing Infographic


Small Business Trends: What You Need to Know to Stay Ahead

In order to advance as a small business, it’s important to follow the latest small business trends. But with an overload of information available, it’s sometimes difficult to know what trends are pertinent and what ones are just extra noise in the media.

To simplify your search, here are five small business trends you should have on your radar to stay ahead throughout the coming months:

Use These 5 Steps to Create a Marketing Plan

Having an ineffective marketing plan is one of the several reasons why many small business startups fail. In the linked article below, you can learn how to write a marketing plan from the very beginning by creating a “situation analysis,” describing your target audience, listing your marketing goals, developing a strategy, and setting a budget. Following these five steps can help you initiate a strong marketing plan specifically targeted to your niche market while staying within a previously defined budget.

Read the full article here.

3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Learn About Digital Marketing and PR

Another thing that might be holding you back is failure to market through digital channels. The article below discusses the importance of integrating digital marketing into your web presence for “competitive intelligence.” Digital marketing practices like SEO, tracking and understanding collected data to refine marketing messages, creating more sophisticated social media posts, and working through the PR process to release interesting stories can keep your business on point in an increasingly-digital world.

Learn more about how to integrate digital marketing..

The New Way of Thinking About Time

In the next article, Jill Krasny talks about how our society views available time and how people assume that if we just better manage our time that we can accomplish anything. This superhuman mentality is dangerous, leading to increased burnout, missed work, and even health complications. Krasny also observes how CEOs are changing their practices to increase productivity, manage their schedules, and eliminate always-on work connections—a lesson that all overwhelmed business owners should learn.

Read the full article or discover five tips for overloaded business owners here.

5 Ways to Disrupt a Dying Industry

It’s important to stay relevant when you own a business, and that means constantly watching for ways to innovate your industry. Failure to do so could ultimately result in bankruptcy. This article discusses five ways to disrupt a stagnant and dying industry, including how to listen to the needs and desires of your customers, addressing industry pain points, and embracing new technology—one of many ways to reduce overhead costs. If you feel like you are in a dying industry, this article is a great resource to begin thinking of ways to innovate.

Learn more in the full article.

Here’s How Customer-Service is Going to Explode in 2015

This last article says it all: great customer service is important, and it isn’t static. Like all other facets of your business, customer service is evolving. Customers want to engage with your brand and find answers quickly on multiple channels. Customer service tools like live web chat and social media are becoming the new standard, so your business must adapt to meet the new expectations for exceptional service.

Read more to learn how to update your customer service practices.

These small business trends demonstrate that all business operations, from marketing to customer service, are going digital. To adapt to the latest technology and customer needs, finding solutions by reevaluating your business plan and turning to virtual office solutions can help you stay ahead of new digital business trends.

Learn more about small business trends and how to stay ahead of the competition by subscribing to our blog and using virtual office solutions from Davinci.


Davinci 101: The Tools of the Mobile Entrepreneur in 2015

The last few years have brought some of the most dramatic and meaningful change to business operations and services that we've ever seen. With the accelerated maturation of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it's not only possible, it is actually common, to find entrepreneurs who conduct their business operations without offices, staff, or any office hardware beyond what they can carry in a messenger bag. These business owners are known as "Mobile Entrepreneurs," and they're taking over in just about every industry as they prove to be more flexible, more readily available to new and current clients, and overall quicker to respond to business opportunities. In this week's Davinci 101, we take a quick look at the mobile entrepreneur's tools of the trade.

The Tools

Today's mobile entrepreneur needs very little to get a lot done. The essential tools include: a smartphone, a virtual office, a personal computer, a tablet, and a live receptionist service.

The smartphone allows a mobile entrepreneur to communicate from anywhere, stay organized, and stay informed throughout the day.

A virtual office solution gives the mobile entrepreneur the business address they need to impress clients, access to meeting rooms worldwide, and mail forwarding support for their business correspondence.

The personal computer, whether a laptop or desktop, serves as the mobile entrepreneur's workstation and business hub. Used to prepare documents and presentations, manage business assets, and for research, a personal computer is essential.

A tablet is quite a handy device for the mobile entrepreneur as it allows them to have a powerful computing device on the go. Use it to manage tasks, complete basic work, communicate, stay organized, and as a valuable tool in presentations and meetings.

A live receptionist service is becoming one of the most important tools for a growing small business or mobile entrepreneur. Able to handle all inbound calling, order processing, customer support, call routing, business admin, and much more, a team of live receptionists replaces the need for an in-house receptionist at a fraction of the cost.

Davinci can provide you with a virtual office solution and live receptionists to help you succeed as a mobile entrepreneur in 2015. For more information, please contact us at 888-863-3423 or www.davincivirtual.com


10 Signs the Entrepreneur Life is Right for You

The life of an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. It requires a lot of passion, dedication, and independence. Simply put, it is not for the faint of heart. However, it can be incredibly rewarding when a business idea takes off.

If you are thinking about starting your own business, consider ten signs the entrepreneur life is right for you:

  1. You’re a thinker.

Entrepreneurs are always thinking, whether it’s about an exciting idea for a new product or service, or how to innovate in a competitive industry. If you daydream about starting your own business, you would find comfort in finding ways to implement all of your great ideas as an entrepreneur.

  1. You’re organized.

If you’ve always had a penchant for organization, you’re in luck. Being the owner of a business involves tracking and organizing a lot of information, which becomes challenging as you are generally always multitasking. Having a solid foundation of disciplined organizational skills will benefit you greatly, but when it becomes overwhelming, many entrepreneurs find they need a little extra help from other employees, accountants, and receptionists.

  1. You’re a problem solver.

Being an entrepreneur absolutely requires the ability to solve problems. Handling a crisis under pressure with grace and coming up with brilliant solutions is a sure sign that the entrepreneur life is right for you. This demonstrates natural leadership and shows that you won’t just start a business for the sake of starting a business—you’ll create a product or service designed to solve a problem.

  1. You’re self-motivated.

When you start a business, there is no one there to keep you on track, so it is pertinent that you are self-motivated to handle extra responsibilities while managing your own time. With self-motivation, you show a desire to succeed, even when many other people might give up. The ups and downs of owning a startup business are inevitable, but entrepreneurs that are self-motivated have the strength to withstand the rollercoaster and learn to grow from it.

  1. You think you can build a better company.

If you think you could build a better company than what you see in today’s market, you might be right. Confidence is a very important trait in many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, so don’t be afraid to embrace it. It’s hard to create a successful business if you don’t strongly believe in its purpose. If you have a great idea, back it up with unwavering tenacity.

  1. You like to take risks.

If you are a thrill-seeker that likes to take risks, and you can afford to take those risks, you should seriously consider starting a business. Entrepreneurs are constantly taking a gamble when they start businesses, but with proper planning, you can make success more of a certainty. Besides, you’ll never know how successful your idea can truly be until you put it motion.

  1. You want to take control.

Most entrepreneurs start businesses simply because they want to be their own boss. If you don’t like taking orders from others or simply think that you would make a better leader, you would not be first person to feel liberated by freedom that comes with being an entrepreneur.

  1. You feel like you’ve hit a wall.

Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you’ve hit a wall with your career. However, if you dream of becoming an entrepreneur, there is always an exit strategy. If you have strong business plan and want to explore your full potential, it may be time to quit your day job and build your own company.

  1. You have an eye for the future.

Successful entrepreneurs that always think of the big picture have a clear vision of the future. Not only is this a sign of strong leadership, it’s also an early indicator of a business’s future success. An eye for the future helps foresee any roadblocks and allows time for smart decision making and strategy.

  1. You don’t want to be chained to a desk.

Some people just can’t stand being confined to an office. They want the freedom to work when and where they want, which many jobs cannot provide. Small business owners that use virtual offices, however, have the luxury of moving to wherever business demands, so they never have to feel like they are chained to a desk.

If you think the entrepreneur life is right for you, contact Davinci to learn how virtual office solutions can help you get started today.