Recruiting top talent is important for your company’s success now and in the future. The best companies recognize that they need to gather a pool of qualified candidates long before a position opens up. Here are 4 ways to recruit top talent for your company:
- Plan ahead: Don’t wait for each position to place an ad or start trying to recruit. Spend time now developing criteria for successful job candidates including a list of 5-10 responsibilities and experiential requisites for job openings. Consider what behavioral attributes you want to see out of a candidate during the phone interview stage before setting up an in-person interview. A recruiting planning meeting that includes heads of each department as well as a hiring manager will take some time, but the result will be a descriptive, well-thought out template for your ideal job candidate that matches your company’s core values.
- Highlight learning and training opportunities: Talented people don’t want to stagnate over time at your company. They have aspirations to move up within the company by learning new skills through professional training and possibly even degrees. The best way to encourage growth is to encourage and pay for relevant training opportunities. Make sure candidates know that they will have opportunities to attend training to develop beyond their current skills if they work for your company. Offer examples of people who have successfully worked their way up within the company through training and development programs.
- Give them a reason to come to you: The easiest and best way to recruit top talent is to not recruit them at all. Being a company that is known publicly for great benefits, fair wages, and a productive but friendly work environment will get you noticed. Most great candidates are already happily working and aren’t seeking out employment, but they will take notice if they hear that a company who offers more incentives than their current one is hiring.
- Utilize the Internet: Don’t just post ads online and in newspapers. Connect with potential candidates on LinkedIn and Facebook. Many great candidates aren’t looking on job boards, but they are periodically checking into their LinkedIn accounts and will take notice if they see a competitive job opening in their field. Post company news and updates often so you stay on the radar of your talent pool.
Hiring top talent is the best way to move your company forward. For more tips on hiring and recruiting, contact us.