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5 Ways to Ensure You Source the Best Talent

5 Ways to Ensure You Source the Best Talent

There are job openings everywhere you look. The competition for recruiting top talent to your business is fierce out there, and if you’ve been tasked with finding this talent you know this firsthand. Every employer wants the right fit for the job, and recruiters are looking for any way possible to make sure they source the best talent for their company.

There are job openings everywhere you look. The competition for recruiting top talent to your business is fierce out there, and if you’ve been tasked with finding this talent you know this firsthand.

Every employer wants the right fit for the job, and recruiters are looking for any way possible to make sure they source the best talent for their company.

There’s no doubt that top talent remains top of mind for employers everywhere, but the past two years have led to a job market that has shifted in favor of the candidates. The COVID-19 Pandemic made people re-evaluate priorities and what they looked for in a job. This led to what became known as the “The Great Resignation” or “The Great Reshuffle,” as employees left positions to retire or pursue other opportunities. 

If you are wanting to fill open positions in your company, there are things your business has to do in order to source the best talent while also finding a good fit for your organization. 

PRIORITIZE TALENT OVER EXPERIENCE

With every job posting, it’s important that you clearly lay out the duties of the position. Yes, the job posting should include a baseline of qualifications, but having a specific set of skills doesn’t mean an employee will be successful in a future role. It’s important that you look at the value of a person’s experience, not just where they have been and how long they have been there. When sourcing candidates, look at what a person has accomplished and the potential talent and value that they could add to your team. You don’t want to skip over the best talent simply because they don’t check off a box on a list. 

LOOK TO PASSIVE CANDIDATES, EMPLOYEE REFERRALS

This is something we can’t stress enough. You have to look beyond traditional methods of hiring. You need to seek out candidates. A passive candidate is someone who is currently employed and not actively searching for a new job opportunity. Passive candidates can offer you a quicker return on investment and add immediate value to your company.

UTILIZE EMPLOYEE NETWORKS

Another good way to find talent is by utilizing your current employees’ network to source candidates who could be a good fit for your open roles. Current employees can become some of your best advocates, which is crucial in setting yourself apart. 

CULTURE MATTERS TO TOP TALENT

According to a Global Trends Report from LinkedIn, professionals looking for a job now want flexibility, more professional development opportunities and a focus on health and wellness. These job characteristics have become as much a priority as pay and benefits. 63% of professionals say work-life balance matters most to them. 

Evaluate your company’s culture and offer new candidates things such as: 

  1. Hybrid work options
  2. Professional development opportunities
  3. Flexible work hours/shorter work weeks

Understand that there may not be a one-size-fits-all formula for each new hire. This could be a key to sourcing the best talent for your organization. 

ACT QUICKLY TO SOURCE TALENT

The market for talent is highly competitive right now, and if you want to fill positions fast, you have to act fast. If your business is waiting to make a decision then you could lose a candidate. Take advantage of the technology available to expedite recruiting efforts and accurately target candidates.

In today’s market, searching for top talent and filling open positions can be tough, but implementing a few strategies and a new focus can help give hiring managers an advantage over other businesses. If you are looking to improve your recruitment process, reach out to us with any questions. We have HR experts who want to partner with you to get you started. 

Posted Mar 21, 2022
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