The workplace is becoming more competitive every day, and not just for job seekers. Human resources managers are having a tougher time drawing and keeping the best candidates, as it seems everyone is putting their best foot forward to get the top candidates in an increasingly difficult climate. In order to get a leg up on the competition, it’s vital for companies to engage in cutting edge recruitment strategies. Here are five of the best.
1. Power of the Candidate
Acknowledging the power of the candidate is vital to attracting the best prospective workers in today’s workplace. We are shifting from a hiring to a worker’s market, where candidates know what they’re worth, know what they want, and know that companies will compete for the best. You must hire fast, offer excellent benefits both tangible and intangible, and sell your business to your prospective hires.
2. Mobile Recruiting
Mobile devices aren’t going anywhere. One simply needs to go into a restaurant or take a ride on the bus to see how many people spend half their lives on a tablet or mobile phone. This is changing the way people apply for jobs.
You absolutely must incorporate smart web design in a means that allows candidates to quickly apply for jobs from their mobile devices. This may mean re-thinking the traditional “fill out our job application online,” which can be ponderous with a thumb-keyboard on a smartphone. You may need to move towards accepting uploaded resumes or even better, social media profiles from services like LinkedIn.
3. Worthwhile Offers
Gone are the days when a job offer with competitive pay is all you need. You must be willing to offer a truly attractive package. Sign-on bonuses, agreeing to candidate requests, exceptional benefits package, flexible hours and a strong commitment to a work-home balance are essential to bringing on the best workers.
4. Nurture Your Culture
Few recruiters stop to think that the existing culture of the workplace can affect their ability to attract new hires, but it really does. Today’s job hunters are savvy and able to find the most miniscule of details in their research. This means if your company has a high turnover rate or low employee satisfaction, they’ll find it.
The solution to this is not to monitor your employees’ social media postings, but to make sure your staff are happy and enjoy a positive work experience. Your business culture matters, and you have to value your current workers to get the best ones in the future.
5. Top Recruiters and Best Recruiting Strategies
Recruiting is an art and a science. Too many companies simply rely on their existing HR staff for recruitment, but someone whose specialty is payroll and benefits may not have the skills a recruiter needs. Your first hires should be top recruiters.