Want to know the secret to Search & Recruitment?

If you want to attract great talent, have a great hiring process. How you hire is part of your overall company brand, and it will impact the potential candidates you attract. A strong company culture, combined with the right Search & Recruitment strategy, can make talent come to you.

If you’re looking to improve your hiring process, we’ve put together some expert advice on the critical areas to focus your Search & Recruitment efforts.

Define What Talent Means to You

Have you stopped to consider what you’re actually looking for?

No two businesses are the same, so you’ll need to define what talent means in your context. That requires a clear vision for the role you are hiring in the short and longer term.

Keep in mind that soft skills like communication style or adaptability can often be just as important as degrees or previous experience when it comes to finding the right talent. Rather than creating an exhaustive laundry list of everything you’re looking for, consider listing only your “non-negotiables”; skills or experiences a candidate must possess, and then stay open-minded on the rest. That way, potentially great candidates aren’t unnecessarily self-selecting out of the application process.

Improve the Application Experience

If your application process is redundant, full of obstacles or poorly managed, don’t expect top talent to come knocking.

When it comes to the hiring process, clear communication is key.

Ensure you have someone available to answer candidate questions promptly or consider including an FAQ for job applicants that covers things like when they can expect to hear back or what the interview process will be.

Don’t Be Afraid to “Show-off”

What makes your workplace fantastic? Don’t hesitate to brag a little!

Is your salary range great for your industry? Post it. Do you offer progressive, flexible policies like work-from-home or “unlimited vacation policy”? Share that. Are you all about mentorship and professional development opportunities? Let potential candidates know.

Whatever it is you do well, lean into it.

Create New Talent Pipelines

If you’re always looking for talent in the same places, you’re likely missing out. To attract great talent, you need to be thinking about how you’re appealing to a diverse pool of candidates.

Host themed meet-up events, like “women in tech,” forge relationships with professors, business coaches or community leaders to recruit promising talent or post job opportunities in specific cultural outlets and media. Ensure you also communicate your accessibility accommodations, such as offering a physically accessible space or ASL interpretation.

Work With a Professional Recruiter

Every business goal starts with having the right talent, so investing in your Search & Recruitment strategy can be essential to your success.

A professional recruiter has specific skills and training to identify the talent you need, and they’ll have a broad network you can tap into. From the initial job posting to the first 90 days of onboarding, a professional recruiter can manage every aspect of the hiring process. If your internal team lacks time or experience, a professional recruiter may be the right choice to ensure your business isn’t missing out on great talent.

The Search & Recruitment experts at Cenera take a consultative approach to determine your unique recruitment needs. We offer a flexible, predictable fee structure, ongoing recruitment support and a commitment to privacy, diversity, and inclusion.

Contact us to learn more.

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