Hiring this holiday season in today’s labor market can be tough. Many employees have more choices than ever before— making it hard for recruiters and businesses to attract qualified people.
That means, businesses today need to adapt their hiring practices and change their strategies–what used to work for recruiting employees may not work anymore.
Here are 8 strategies you can use to navigate the challenging labor market.
Your hiring process can be more successful if you have a target market in mind. That helps you better understand who you want to attract so you can focus your time, attention, and all your efforts on reaching those candidates. Consider the attributes you want job candidates to possess—such as education and experience—and create an ideal candidate profile based on those criteria.
To help your organization recruit the most qualified employees, you may consider using professional HR services. These outsourced services can help you track applicants and streamline your hiring process. You can also save time—and no longer have to manually process job postings, resumes, applications, and onboarding forms.
Identifying your job specifications can put you on a better recruiting path and set you up for success. Get ready to hire your new employees by following these simple steps.
Ask your employees if they know of qualified people who would want to work at your company. Consider starting a referral program to encourage employees to keep an eye out for individuals who would be a good fit at your company and refer them. You can also give employees social media tools to help them refer openings to their contact list.
Turn your “employer brand” into compelling recruitment campaigns for social media, online newspaper ads, and company descriptions on job boards. Add recruiting messages to your social media accounts. Make inexpensive recruitment videos and post them on your YouTube channel.
Attractive window signs, sandwich boards, or take-away cards to have available or to hand out are great ways to quickly let your customers, or passers-by, know you’re hiring. Design these in advance, so they’re ready to go when you need them.
You’ll have to go a step further, though, because putting a “Now Hiring” sign in the window doesn’t work on its own anymore. Instead, use your signage to compel candidates to apply; showing them why your company is a great place to work.
It’s hiring time. You’ve done all the prep work; you have your applicant tracking system, recruiting methods, marketing, onboarding, and training systems ready. Time to put them into action. Consider doing the following things to gain traction on your job postings:
When you begin to receive applications, start reading through them to narrow down your candidates. Prepare your interview questions in advance. You may want to start with an initial phone screen to narrow the field then proceed with in-person interviews with the hiring manager and any colleagues who you want to take part in the decision-making process.
As you interview candidates, also consider feedback from the other members of the decision-making team. Once you have decided on your top candidate you can begin to prepare your job offer with the help of your HR professional.
Streamline the onboarding process and make your new hires feel at home. Prepare everything they need to do their job—before they begin their first day of work. Set up their workstation, personal locker, uniform, nametag, or any other employee materials they need. Then have them watch or read training videos and manuals. You can also assign new employees to some of your more trusted and seasoned workers for “buddy system” training.
In addition, make sure that new employees review and acknowledge the company employee handbook.
Compose a short survey asking for feedback on the candidates’ experience. There are several free online survey creation tools that will help you compose an effective survey. Use the information to improve your hiring process in the future.
Effective hiring and retention ends with recruiting qualified employees, but for many successful companies, it starts with efficient HR technologies. Using HCM software can help you find your ideal candidates so you can recruit, hire and onboard new employees quickly and efficiently.
Today’s applicant tracking systems allow you to:
With these tools and access to data, you can begin to attract better employees from day one. And combining them with outsourced professional HR services can make your search even more efficient—and help you find the best candidates to fill all your open positions.