Finding the best possible people who can fit within your culture and contribute within your organization is a challenge and an opportunity. Keeping the best people, once you find them, is easy if you do the right things right. These specific actions will help you with recruiting and retaining all the talent you need. Here are ten tips for better recruiting.
Improve Your Candidate Pool When Recruiting Employees
Companies that select new employees from the candidates who walk in their door or answer an ad in the paper or online are missing the best candidates. They're usually working for someone else and they may not even be looking for a new position. Here are steps to take to improve your candidate pool.
•Invest time in developing relationships with university placement offices, recruiters and executive search firms.
•Enable current staff members to actively participate in industry professional associations and conferences where they are likely to meet candidates you may successfully woo.
•Watch the online job boards for potential candidates who may have resumes online even if they're not currently looking.
•Use professional association Web sites and magazines to advertise for professional staff.
The key is to build your candidate pool before you need it.
Hire the Sure Thing When Recruiting Employees
Bruce N. Pfau and Ira T. Kay, authors of The Human Capital Edge( compare prices), are convinced that you should hire a person who has done this "exact job, in this exact industry, in this particular business climate, from a company with a very similar culture."
They believe that "past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior" and suggest that this is the strategy that will enable you to hire winners. They say that you must hire the candidates whom you believe can hit the ground running in your company. You can't afford the time to train a possibly successful candidate.
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