We want the best of the best. It’s a trait natural to us humans stemming from early childhood. Whether it’s being the best in class, the best in show or the best at work, top talent and top talent seekers alike share this need for coming out Numero Uno when thinking about their next hire.
And it may not seem like it, but hard times (like a global pandemic) may show you gaps in your team where you could use a little extra expertise. Now I’m not saying now is the time to go on a hiring spree, but it is the perfect time to do a quick audit of how your business operates, what works, what doesn’t, and where you see an opportunity for someone to shine.
Once you figure out those holes, start thinking about recruiting new talent, (even if it’s just thinking right now!) There will be a time when it’s “back to business”, and when that happens, hit the ground running with a strategic plan for success!
Planning your next hire is important now, even in a pandemic! So check out our 3 tips on how to recruit the best talent for your next job opening and never miss out on that gold standard candidate again.
1. Flush Out the Flakes
Beginning with the non-negotiables immediately thins the herd by differentiating prospects that fit the requirements of a position with those who do not. However, after the initial cut, revisit each candidate and focus on the length of work experience (i.e. how long they stayed with each company) and any promotions or title changes within a company. These two factors will help flush out the candidates that potentially hop from job to job frequently and those who possibly don’t excel enough within a position.
2. Set Yourself Apart
An all-star candidate usually doesn’t just have one option in front of them. They’ll be contacted by other companies and have the luxury of choosing the best position for them and their needs. Highlighting why your opportunity is better than the competition is obviously key, but don’t just focus on the apparent reasons like better pay or a promoted job title. In order to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack, you need to dig deeper and focus on other potential positives. Below is a brief list of examples to keep in mind but there are dozens more to consider:
Paid Vacation Time
Extended Maternity/Paternity Leave
Positive Work Environment
3. Emphasis Opportunity & Growth
A candidate with well-defined goals and a solid career path should automatically signal “all-star”. A clear and concise plan of action shows both ambition and drive as well as someone who is serious about their career and their future. Catching the attention of a candidate like this comes down to an extremely important element, matching their career path with a compatible path within the organization.
All-Star job seekers are everywhere, especially now that this pandemic has laid off so many killer professionals. Just know, finding and securing the best of the best, means you need to be prepared when the time comes. Don’t wait until you’re scrambling to fill a position, start thinking about future plans now so you’re ready to strike when it’s most beneficial!
Article by Victoria Casey, Southwest Business Machines