Over half of small business owners say finding skilled and talented employees is a huge struggle. Many times their budget doesn’t allow them to hire the most qualified candidates available, and many candidates they do find within their budget aren’t qualified.
Below are 3 tips you can use to attract better qualified candidates for your company:
- The first place to look is within. Look for talent on your own team before hiring outside. Do you have underutilized employees with skills that could be put to use? Do you have training systems to develop your workers?
- Using multiple tools to attract job hunters will increase your odds of finding skilled applicants. Ask your employees and vendors for referrals. Develop relationships with recruitment agencies to leverage their resources. Scout other employers’ talent pools using social media job sites such as LinkedIn and databases such as Jigsaw. Place want ads on online job application sites to connect with virtual job seekers. Send recruiters to establish your presence at schools, job fairs and industry networking events.
- Your screening process begins by evaluating an applicant’s initial contact with you. Create a checklist of questions and a scoring system to help you review candidates objectively. For instance, how well did the applicant follow directions in responding to your want ad? Does his resume meet your qualifications in terms of skill set, experience and work ethic? Did she demonstrate reliability and persistence in following up on your communications?