Finding the right talent is a challenge for any company, but it's particularly tough in niche industries like food manufacturing. That's where Grand Prairie Foods found themselves before partnering with FactoryFix. Situated in Sioux Falls, SD, a location known for its limited local talent pool in manufacturing, they faced an extra layer of complexity. They had spent months posting on various job sites with lackluster results. Then they took FactoryFix for a test drive and everything changed.
Before FactoryFix: The Struggle is Real
Prior to discovering FactoryFix, Grand Prairie Foods had been relying on general job posting platforms like Ziprecruiter and Indeed. Despite spending considerable time and money on these platforms, they were disappointed with both the volume and quality of applicants they received.
"We posted on Ziprecruiter for six months and then on Indeed.com. We were spending a lot of money but still wouldn't get the volume and the quality," says the director of talent acquisition and development at Grand Prairie Foods.
The FactoryFix Difference: Immediate Impact
When the company decided to try FactoryFix, they immediately noticed a difference. Within the initial two-week trial, they saw an uptick in both the quantity and quality of applicants, even attracting candidates willing to relocate to Sioux Falls.
"We got a ton of great candidates. I had to pinch myself. I couldn't believe how many were local and had the food manufacturing background we were looking for," the director adds.
Standout Features: Saving Time and Effort
- Automated Screening - FactoryFix's AI-powered SMS screening and engagement technology is a game-changer. "That saved me at least a couple of hours a day," says the talent acquisition director. "The automated screening process makes sure they're warm candidates, they're pre-qualified, and they've answered mandatory questions.
- User Interface - Grand Prairie Foods found FactoryFix’s user interface to be particularly beneficial. The platform is "very user-friendly" compared to the competition. The printed profiles are "very professional and easy to read," which has made internal communications much smoother.
- Messaging Platform - The SMS messaging feature has been extremely useful throughout the recruitment process. "It's very quick and very simple," remarks the director, pointing out that over 70% of applicants engage in the initial text message threads.
Metrics: Night and Day
While it's too early to speak to long-term metrics, the short-term numbers are promising. "The number of people that we’ve gotten through qualified for the first interview, second interview and possible offer is night and day," says the director.
Conclusion: A Partner in Talent Acquisition
FactoryFix is not just a tool for Grand Prairie Foods; it's a partner in their talent acquisition journey. "I've told quite a number of people that are in similar positions about FactoryFix," says the talent acquisition director.
With its unique focus on manufacturing professionals and highly effective AI-powered features, FactoryFix has dramatically improved the talent acquisition process at Grand Prairie Foods — even making their Sioux Falls location less of a bottleneck in sourcing talent. And they couldn't be happier about it.