Updated: Dec 11, 2020
Finding quality, talented people to join your team in today's market can be TOUGH. It feels like everyone is fighting for the same talent. Even if you can attract qualified people to your job posting, if you don't move quick, someone else will and you'll lose them before you can even talk to them.
Here are a a few ideas to boost those recruiting efforts and set you ahead of the competition:
Employee Referrals - They say it's all about who you know. And who do you know? The employees you already have! Good employees typically will only refer people they know that they are confident will also do a good job. They feel like they have a reputation to maintain and chances are they aren't going to want to recommend folks who will do a bad job or make their jobs more difficult. You can leverage this a few different ways. The easiest, and least expensive, is to just tell your employees that you are hiring, and you'd love to have them refer anyone they know who might be qualified. Another way to incentivize your employees is to implement an employee referral program where the employee gets some kind of benefit (usually monetary) for referring an employee. Just make sure the new employee must stick around for a certain amount of time in order for the referral to be paid out.
Customer Referrals - People who are routinely buying from you typically have a vested interest in the success of your company. Let them know you are hiring!
Social Media - Who do you know that doesn't have some sort of social media these days? I'll wait. No? *Most* people live somewhere on the internet in some form these days. So where are they hanging out? It probably depends on the type of job you're hiring for. Is it an entry level position? Try posting on Facebook (OR, a group within Facebook specific to the industry or job you're hiring for). Are you searching for a sales or accounting professional? Maybe place an ad on LinkedIn.
Review your Job Description - Getting applications, but they don't feel like the right candidates? You probably aren't attracting them then. Take a look at the job description. Talk to the people actually doing the job. Review those minimum requirements. Are they too strict? Not specific enough?
Still need help? Let's find your next employee.
Breanna Stephens, HR Consulting