Recruiting talent is increasingly difficult in the current landscape. Companies are having to compete for top candidates, making it harder to secure the new hires you need to thrive. Additionally, retention is increasingly problematic for many businesses, particularly as competition for skilled professionals drives salaries up and boosts benefits packages at competitors.
Fortunately, you can still recruit the new employees you need; you simply need to look in the correct places. Here are some options for finding the top-tier candidates your company wants to secure.
One of your biggest recruitment assets is your existing workforce. Employees understand what it takes to thrive at your company, so they’ll typically only refer professionals with the right skills, mindset, and personality. Additionally, most professionals won’t stake their reputation on a candidate they don’t believe in, further increasing the quality of the candidates.
Social Media and Career-Oriented Forums
Most younger to mid-career professionals use social media platforms and industry or profession-oriented forums regularly. If you want to connect with these potential candidates, you need to have accounts on the sites they’re using.
LinkedIn and Facebook are solid starting points, but they aren’t the only options. For example, communities like those at Stack Overflow and GitHub can be great for connecting with certain technical professionals. Consider where your ideal candidate may spend their time, then create a presence there. That way, you have pathways toward more job seekers.
Professional organizations are an excellent option for reaching candidates in a specific niche. By attending networking events or engaging on websites, you may be able to find job seekers with in-demand capabilities with greater ease.
Ideally, you want to explore organizations with a local chapter if you’re hoping to find candidates for on-site roles. However, if you’re hiring remote employees, you can use a broader approach. Just make sure to read the membership requirements, ensuring you qualify for an account if one’s needed.
Local Colleges and Universities
For entry-level positions that require a college degree, local colleges and universities can be recruitment powerhouses. By speaking with the career services office, you may be able to advertise openings on campus or get featured on internal job boards. In either case, this increases your visibility dramatically, making it easier to connect with recent grads.
When you need to hire quickly and efficiently, a staffing firm could easily become your go-to recruitment resource. Typically, recruitment agencies maintain large databases brimming with pre-vetted talent. Plus, they’re adept at finding job seekers for hard-to-fill positions and know how to connect with both active and passive candidates.
If you need to hire a new professional for your team, ramp up during a peak season, or find a temporary employee for a project, the staff at The Squires Group can help you find the candidate you need to thrive. Contact us to learn more about our services today and see how our recruitment approach can benefit you.