Recruiting competent staff can be a challenging process. In fact, hiring is one of the biggest concerns for most company Directors. This is because the real challenge in recruitment lies in finding the right person for the job and the company.
A candidate that fits the bill nicely, has the right attitude and credentials and is willing to join on the company’s terms is often a difficult find. This is true especially in this day and age where jobs are getting more specialised, and company requirements continue to become more specific.
Since the recruitment process consumes valuable time and is costly, it must be successful. However, when it’s difficult to recruit staff, employers may find themselves struggling to fill the role.
Here are a few ways you can win the recruitment challenge and hire the right candidate despite the numerous difficulties you may face in the process.
Promote Employee Referrals
Employee referrals are an excellent way for a company to find new talent. Individuals working in the industry often have connections and networks at various levels. Employees have numerous sources such as friends, family, and acquaintances to find the right talent for the company. Employees are also well aware of the company dynamics and the position’s requirements.
Hence, they can be a good judge of whether a person they are acquainted with will be the right candidate for the job. By promoting employee referrals, companies can find a good mix of talented individuals to consider for the position.
Another advantage of using employee referrals is that if the candidate is selected, they will find fitting into the company easier with a smoother adjustment period and retaining their position for longer.
Use Your Social Network Pool
Social Media and networking platforms have connected people from all around the world. The sheer strength in the number of people you can approach through social media by clicking a button is astounding.
Furthermore, innovative AI tools have been developed that filter through profiles to match your requirements to the right talent so you can focus your recruitment efforts in a targeted manner. This will help your company gain quick access to numerous candidates with a higher chance of being hired.
By investing in recruitment through networking websites and social media, not only can companies save time and money, but they are also likely to gain direct access to highly-skilled, specialised individuals.
Make Your Job Adverts Attractive
One of the first engagements you may make with a potential candidate is through the job advert you have made. Candidates will find out the particulars of the role they are applying for, any benefits they may get, and challenges they may face through it. An attractive job description will help individuals decide if they want to apply for the position and work in the company.
Therefore, employers need to draft a compelling job description highlighting the perks of working with the company to encourage more people to apply. The necessary particulars of the job must be mentioned clearly to ensure that you have communicated the company’s requirements accurately. However, highlighting the positives of the role can help you gain more leads.
Attend Relevant Seminars And Meet-ups
Senior managers, recruiters, and higher officials in the company must have a vast network to be continuously aware of the industry trends and rising talents.
One of the best ways to expand your network and find new talent is through industry-related events. Such events often have skilled individuals with the proper training and experience. If approached correctly, they could become an asset to your company.
Train Young Talent
By introducing internships and shadowing programs targeting college graduates, and fresh graduates, you can train younger generations and give them incentives for applying to the organisation in the future. This will also help employers keep an eye out for budding talent that could prove helpful to the company.
Furthermore, it will create a positive image of the company in the industry and on young talent, encouraging them to apply after gaining the necessary credentials.
Difficult recruitment is indeed a challenge for many organisations. Most companies have trouble finding the right person for the job, despite the numerous resumes they may receive every day.
Defeated by the process, some companies choose to outsource this process. However, a few critical strategies employed correctly can quickly help you find suitable candidates for the job. If you’re interested in learning more about talent attraction, the book Talent Magnet by Mark Miller is a great read.
Danny Main is a co-owner & Director at Responsum Global. He has over 15 years of experience matching the top building services engineering talent with the best employers. He has over 100 written success stories. He’s active on LinkedIn, is a host on The Building Services Podcast, and a regular writer on The Building Services Blog. He loves football talking properties and owns a bigger cat than his dog.
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