Good candidates don’t grow on trees—find the best and brightest
What you need is a good sourcing plan that targets potential candidates across a wide area.
Finding suitable job candidates is a challenge for every hiring manager. What you need is a good sourcing plan that targets potential candidates across a wide area. Here are some sources for you and your organization to focus on:
• Internal candidates. Don’t overlook your current workforce when trying to fill positions. Pay attention to employees’ skills and career plans so you can move them up or around as needed.
• Referrals. Include employees in your recruiting efforts by encouraging them to send talented individuals they know to your organization. Recognition and incentives can win their support and assistance.
• Networking. Get active in professional associations; go to conferences and seminars. Do your best to meet people who might be a good fit for your organization, and stay in contact with them regardless of whether you’ve got an immediate opening.
• Former employees. Don’t burn your bridges with employees who leave. Call them regularly to gauge their interest in returning to your organization with a new set of skills and experiences.
• Special events. Sponsor a job fair in your community, or participate in those held by local colleges and community groups.
• The Internet. Cast a wide net online. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites to showcase your organization as a good place to work, and to announce job openings.
• Advertising. Don’t ignore traditional tools. Look for job boards that target the kind of employees you’re looking for, and work within their guidelines to attract good candidates.
• Search firms. Recruiting agencies might be expensive, but they can perform many time-consuming functions and can connect you with highly promising candidates.
—Adapted from the HR World website
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