Finding the right candidate is complicated, especially for the hard-to-fill positions requiring special skills. To attract and hire the best talent for your team, we recommend the following:
DON'T POST BORING JOB DESCRIPTIONS
Instead make the listing exciting. Think of what this person will be doing one year from being hired. What will they accomplish? What can the applicant hope to experience? This approach is important because eighty-three percent (83%) of people who are employed aren’t actively looking. However they would consider making a move for a significant career advancement. If they see your job as an advancement, you may increase their chance of applying. Which will increase your available options.
Educate your interview team on how to interview effectively. Going through a resume isn’t interviewing.
FOCUS YOUR INTERVIEWS ON A CORE COMPETENCY
Give each person on your interview team a competency to focus their interview. This should be tied in with your company/employee brand.
ASK FOR HISTORY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
This will tell you how motivated they are and give you a better understanding of how they progressed in their career.
ESTABLISH A SOURCING TEAM
You need a sourcing team. Remember, the best future employees may be currently working. If you don’t have a sourcing team or can’t afford one, hire us! The majority of candidates we work with aren’t actively looking.
It's a competitive job market and it takes more than just a resume to stand out from the other qualified candidates in your field. To continue advancing in your career, we recommend the following:
THIS IS OUR ABSOLUTE #1 TIP
Customize your resume to speak to every position! Many people tell us they have applied to 200+ jobs but never heard from anyone. Our first question: did you send the same resume to each job? Inevitably they answer “yes”. If the reader doesn’t see the appropriate, applicable skills to their needs, they move on to the next resume. And you lose the opportunity.
MAKE SURE YOUR LINKED IN PROFILE IS LATEST, GREATEST & FRESH
Beef up your Linked In profile. It should be professionally written, representative of you and the work you want to do.
KEEP YOUR COMMUNICATIONS RELEVANT TO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
If you have an Engineering degree but you have moved into Program Management, focus on your Program Management experience and not so much on your engineering experience.
NO FAMILY OR KITTY PICTURES
Post professional pictures only; no family or kitty photos. Remember the people checking you out online are building their first impression. And they are most likely not interested in your kitty.
IF YOU POST IT, THEY WILL SEE IT
Use Facebook for personal use only. Even then, be cautious of what you post on Facebook. The majority of employers have their Applicant Tracking System automatically Google search information on you on the Internet. I have known employers to retract offers based on what they have found on Facebook or other social media sites.
BE MINDFUL OF HOW YOU MANAGE YOUR CAREER
Yes, you have to manage your career—not your current job. It’s great you are loyal to your employer. However, at the end of the day, the company will need to make the best decisions for the well being of the business. Leaving you in need of a well planned career.
LISTEN TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE MARKET
If you are approached about a new opportunity, listen to what they have to say. Even if you’re 110% satisfied in your current job, have equity in the company and believe you will retire from that company. It’s good to know what’s happening in the market, especially when the economy is struggling.