While you’re thinking of ways to approach potential job candidates, take out time to make your business one where individuals come to you in hopes of employment. Become an employer-of-choice by formulating a unique company culture that embraces the latest and most effective industry and workplace trends. Don’t just say yours is a forward-thinking company, show your company is looking towards and utilizing the tools and capabilities of the future. The war for talent alive, and you’ve got to have the proper arsenal to emerge victorious.
Shift to On-Demand Learning and Training Opportunities
Rather than start your search for talent outside of your company, look to the employees you already have, know and trust. Specifically, look for training and learning opportunities that allow your employees to become more proficient at their jobs, advance in the company and broaden their knowledge. This is better than collective employee training, mainly because it lets your employees know you’re paying attention to them and their work and want them to succeed in their professional lives. While the war for talent alive, you’ve got to make sure your current troops have the equipment and skills they need to turn the tide in your favor.
Know Exactly What You’re Looking For
Before you craft job descriptions in search of top notch applicants, have a solid and thorough idea of the types of candidates you’d like to have respond. Simply seeking applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree and four years of experience isn’t enough. What are the personality and professional traits the job requires? Is there a certain type of personality you find is the best fit for your company culture? Be sure to include these in your job description as well as the type of applicants you aren’t looking for. While you may not want to offend anyone, you also don’t want to waste precious time combing through thousands of applications and resumes from poorly qualified candidates. The war for talent alive, and you’ve got to know the type of soldiers you want joining your company army.
Don’t Make Things Easy
You should also go above and beyond the standard submission process if you’re truly hoping to find the best of the best. For instance, have candidates include three changes they’d like to make to the industry or three reasons why they’re a good match for your company. This is a good way to find out which applicants are capable of following directions, following through on those directions and possess the willingness to put in the effort to make their applications (and themselves) shine.
Shift Your Focus
Everyone wants to be a success, from entrepreneurs, business owners and employees. The only problem is success is mostly defined as having material possessions and a high status. Redefine what it means to be successful in your company. How can someone be successful in an entry-level position with your company? What do your top level employees have to look forward to when they’ve gone as high as they can go in your company? To keep from hiring applicants who will step over their own mothers to reach the top, make it clear you want candidates who are focused on bringing true value to your company. Doing so will ensure you not only hire talented people, but that they’ll remain with your company for the long run rather than jump ship when a higher position is available with another company,
Focus on Versatility
Something else you can do to bring out the best in your current employees is focus on versatility and agility. Give your team chances to do something outside of their normal job descriptions in order that they can develop and strengthen new skills, something that’s bound to bring more job satisfaction for them and you. The war for talent alive, and Mighty Recruiter is here to act as your cavalry. Check out more of the tools and articles on making all-star hires for your business.