Many people like to make a New Year’s resolution – they’ll hit the gym more, read one book per week or learn how to cook that great dish. There’s also an opportunity for hiring managers to make some professional resolutions of their own. After helping many managers over the years, we have some thoughts on how you can streamline and improve your hiring process as we welcome 2020.
There are some basic steps that you can take to make sure that your hiring process is firing on all cylinders. These strategies have immediate benefits in the form of smoother recruiting and the retention of your best talent.
Standardize your process
Hiring processes, especially those at smaller organizations, can be all over the place. There might not be a clear process on who is interviewing candidates, how feedback is shared and who needs to be notified of the next steps. This is frustrating for employees and job seekers alike. We recommend standardizing this process so that everyone is on the same page regarding expectations and next steps. A flow chart is a good way to help everyone visualize these ideas.
Harness the power of social media
Social media is a powerful tool across all facets of our lives. Recruiting and hiring are no different. Candidates will research your organization across these mediums and it’s partially up to you to ensure that they like what they see. Interacting with job seekers via blog posts, tweets and postings on other networks will be integral to reaching top candidates for your openings.
Revamp your job postings
Think about your job descriptions that are currently posted. When’s the last time they were refreshed? Have you been posting the same description for the same role for a few years now? Chances are that its outdated, causing some candidates might be skipping right over it. Take the time to look back through your postings and make sure the language is spruced up and appealing to current job hunters.
Show candidates why your company is the best
Job seekers want to see companies putting real thought and effort into finding and retaining key personnel. Your website and hiring process should reflect how seriously your company takes the satisfaction of candidates. Your company benefits should be clearly described on your website, for example, and your hiring team should be prompt in providing feedback on all applications.
Seek outside help
Another option for hiring managers to consider is using an agency for positions that have been difficult to fill. Our team is a professional and detail-oriented group that knows how to draw the best talent for your organization. We deliver the results that dynamic companies need, and we can help you achieve your hiring goals.
Every new year brings an opportunity for individuals and businesses to assess and improve themselves. Your hiring process should be part of this reflection and evaluation. An improved hiring strategy will pay dividends for years to come and help ensure a fruitful and sustainable future for your organization. Contact us today so we can discuss your hiring needs.