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10 Recruitment Strategies To Improve Hiring And Attract Top Talent

Finding the best team members is crucial to the success of your business. That’s why recruitment strategies are essential for attracting top talent.

It doesn’t matter if you’re searching for a food runner, waiter, barista, customer service rep, or some other position entirely, the happiness of your customers and team are at stake.

But what recruitment strategies are right for your business?

In this article, the workforce management experts at Sling discuss ways your business can engage with high-potential employees, improve hiring, and make your business more successful than ever.

Recruitment Strategies To Attract Top Talent

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1) Consider Rehiring

At first glance, rehiring previous employees might not seem like a wise addition to a list of recruitment strategies, but it can actually be a great way to find new members for your team.

If the previous employee left on good terms, consider them a prime candidate for their old job, a similar job, or even a completely different job higher up in your company.

For example, if an inventory manager took a project manager job with another company because you didn’t have any openings at the time, they might be willing to come back to fill that role in your business (with the right incentives, of course).

2) Host A Virtual Meetup

Meetups take a bit of organizing, but they are a great way to add new life to your recruitment strategies.

Whether you host them in your office, at an offsite location, or as a virtual meeting, these types of gatherings are a sure-fire way to find candidates for your business.

They’re also an easy way to boost employee engagement — and get them involved in the recruiting process — because they allow team members to advocate for your company.

If you organize a meetup in your area (online or off) or want to attend a larger business fair nearby, send a few representatives from various departments and let them spread the word.

3) Contact Past Applicants

When looking for new hires, your HR department can be a huge help and contribute to your recruitment strategies.

They’ll have a long list of previous applicants who didn’t get hired at the time, but who might be willing to interview again for a position in your business.

Take the time to review those applications and set aside potential candidates you’d like to talk to again.

Don’t be deterred if, at first, they’re not available. With enough discussion and the right pay package, you might be successful at bringing them back to your business.

4) Perfect Your Interview Skills

When creating recruitment strategies, many managers and owners overlook one of the most effective methods for finding top talent: perfecting their interview skills.

Interviews are difficult for all involved — interviewers and interviewees alike — but if you learn how and when to ask the right questions, the whole process will go much smoother.

Plus, you’ll be more successful at attracting top talent to your business.

For more information on improving your interview skills, check out these helpful articles from the Sling blog:

5) Clarify Your Brand As A Recruitment Strategy

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Your business’s brand — the particular identity or image you’ve created — can act as a powerful addition to the other recruitment strategies on this list.

When your brand is clear, it also describes the type of company culture in which prospective employees can look forward to working.

That’s very helpful — for you and for them — in helping all parties find the right fit for the job and for the team.

If you manage your team with a very results-based style, but a prospective employee works best in an inspirational management style, they might not be a fit for the job.

6) Create Accurate Job Descriptions

Make it a part of your regular recruitment strategies to review and perfect the necessary job descriptions before the interview process starts.

In many cases, the job requirements will have changed slightly (or even significantly) since you last looked at them.

Team members do take on new responsibilities and it’s important that the job description reflects these changes.

With the most accurate job descriptions possible, you’ll be able to ask the right questions of the prospective candidate, and everyone will be on the same page regarding the job requirements.

7) Focus On Niche Job Boards

A general principle that all HR departments and hiring managers should adhere to as one of their recruitment strategies is: go where the talent is.

If you’re looking for coders, post your job opening on a niche job board that caters to individuals with that skill.

And when listing any available jobs on these sites, be sure that the job description is 100% up to date and accurate so you attract only those with the requisite abilities.

In a similar vein, you might also consider checking out niche message boards and discussion groups.

Make note of those who seem to have the experience you need and the right attitude for your business. Send a direct message and express your interest in talking to them further about a possible job with your company.

This is especially easy if the bulk of your employees telecommute, but it can also be particularly useful for attracting top talent to come work at your physical location.

8) Engage With Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are those who already have a job but who might be open to talking with a recruiter about making a switch.

Engaging with passive candidates can be as easy as posting a quiz on your social media channel — along with an incentive like a free t-shirt — and waiting for the responses to roll in.

That quiz starts the ball rolling and leads to another quiz of sorts (such as a short writing test), a phone or Skype interview, and, perhaps, a trial week of employment in your business.

The entire process serves to weed out those who aren’t right for the job and allow the cream of the crop to rise to the surface.

9) Set Up An Employee Referral Program

One of the least expensive and least time-consuming recruitment strategies available to managers these days is the employee referral program.

All you have to do is inform your team that the program exists, provide them with an incentive to talk about your business, and then wait for the referrals to arrive.

10) Don’t Ignore The Contingent Workforce

Though you might be focusing your hiring efforts on full-time employees, don’t ignore the contingent workforce completely.

Freelancers, part-timers, temporary workers, and contractors are a cost-effective and quick way to find employees to fill a gap on your team. Plus, they may transition to full-time later on if they’re a good fit for the job.

Include Scheduling With Recruitment Strategies

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Whether your team works 9-to-5 Monday through Friday, the night shift, a 9/80 schedule, or something else entirely, be sure to include your scheduling practices among your recruitment strategies.

There are many different types of work schedules available, and some are unique enough that prospective employees will see them as a significant benefit of joining your team.

Does your business offer flextime? Does your team work four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days?

When you talk about these alternative schedules in the right language, it can help your business attract the high-performing employees it needs to remain competitive in today’s business environment.

Some schedules, though, are more difficult to manage and track than others. Don’t let that deter you.

The Sling app is here to help!

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Sling even incorporates advanced artificial intelligence that warns you when conflicts exist and provides suggestions for how you can fix them.

All of that makes Sling the best choice for managing your team’s schedule, improving recruitment strategies, and making your business run better than ever.

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