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.
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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.
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.
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.
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