The SLR team has grown in the last year to meet the demands of our clients and support our candidates. Part of that growth is the development of the SLR team. Recently we have undertaken training which enables us to identify the most placeable candidates. This is important training because it enables us to fill vacancies quicker which clearly benefits our clients because it means their resource needs are swiftly met.

For our candidates, it means we are putting them forward for opportunities that we know best fit their experience, skills, and attributes. So, what makes someone a most placeable candidate?

In basic terms, the most placeable candidate or MPC refers to a talented individual who would be extremely sought-after in the marine sector. For us to identify an MPC, we would consider the following:

Quantify their worth
The candidate can give concrete examples of situations where they have excelled in their job and can run through scenarios demonstrating how they helped their employer.

Flexibility
The MPC would be clear about the parameters they would accept for a job. For example, an individual that is willing to relocate for the right opportunity or someone who would perhaps take a lower salary with the understanding that it’s a step towards career progression and personal improvement.

Partners with the recruiter
We can identify the MPC through the clarity they give us on who they are, where they want to work and the companies, they are keen to work for. The more information we obtain, the easier it is to use the time productively speaking to employees that are the right fit.

A sense of urgency
The MPC tends to work exclusively with one recruiter who is in the sector they want to work for. As a recruiter, we want to be able to call our candidates and tell them they have an interview tomorrow and that candidate is willing to attend.

Security clearance
In the marine sector, holding current security-cleared status is a huge advantage. The MPC will have this, and it gives the SLR team much more chance of successfully placing them with a shipyard value of this status.

A fast-paced sector needs good candidates quickly

The reason that it is necessary for the team to be able to identify the most placeable candidate is because of the pace of the shipbuilding industry. Large-scale shipbuilding requires multiple trades at different points and coordinating this in a timely manner is critical. Staying on time and within the budget when a ship is being built is of paramount importance. Therefore, our team need to be able to quickly deploy resources which means having the correct training to identify the right candidates.

We have increased our ability to connect with our candidates and get to know them much better by moving to our new headquarters. Strategically placed in the heart of Southsea, our new space facilitates building relationships with our talented candidates and enhances our ability to assess the best fit with our superb shipbuilding partners.