This time of year, we’re setting resolutions in our personal lives. We want to lose weight, eat healthier and build our relationships. But what about professional resolutions? Or better yet, staffing resolutions? If you work with recruiters or plan to in 2013, here’s a list of resolutions you should consider to help find the best job candidates for your company.
1. I Resolve to Work With One Recruiter
While you may think that bringing on multiple recruiters to help you fill a single role might help you find the right employee faster, it can actually muddy the water. In the event that more than one recruiter brings you the same job candidate, you’ll have to manage an avoidable issue. Additionally, you might find you don’t have anybody working on your search when the multiple recruiting firms hear from potential candidates they’ve already been approached by other recruiters.
This year, resolve to build a relationship with a single recruiter or recruiting team in your industry or discipline you plan to hire. The better the relationship, the better job your recruiter can do in finding you the ideal candidate.
2. I Resolve to Be Clear in Communications
It can be frustrating for recruiting teams to start with one job description from a company, only to have it change mid-search. Before handing over a job description, review it carefully, and get input from anyone else involved in the hiring process or management of this role. Make sure the entire team is on the same page about the search and make sure it’s watertight before passing it on to your recruiting team. This will help them target their candidate search from the start and not waste valuable time and resources targeting the wrong profiles.
3. I Resolve to Let My Recruiter Do Her Job
It can be tempting to get involved in the job search, especially if you lean toward micromanaging at work. But there’s a reason you hired this recruiter: she has a network of fabulous job candidates and will find the one best suited for your needs. It’s not very likely a third-party recruiter will hand over her list of contacts for your search or give you access to her database. She will present you with candidates as options, and you will always have the final say over who you hire.
4. I Resolve to Be Available
Most job searches need to be filled quickly, and your recruiter may need to contact you throughout the process with questions or to discuss timely potential candidates issues. Be available via phone or email, and let her know if you won’t be around for several days. Be respectful of the fact that she is working for you (and if she’s working on contigency, she’s not being paid for those efforts until the end of the search), and do your best to make it easy for her to reach you.
5. I Resolve to Provide Feedback
Whether you plan to continue to work with the same recruiter for future job searches or not, it is extremely helpful to your recruiting team if you provide feedback throughout the process and upon conclusion of the search. Feedback throughout the process will help the recruiting team manage the search better, fill it faster, provide you with the most relevant candidates and manage their candidate’s expectations and timelines. In the end of the search, the team may formally ask you to fill out a survey on how they did during your search, but if they don’t, do not be shy about speaking your mind, for better or worse. If there was something you particularly liked–or didn’t– during the process, this information can help the team tweak future searches, both for you and other clients.
6. I Resolve to Find a Recruiter Who Knows My Field
If you have had difficulty in the past in working with recruiters who didn’t share your area of specialty and weren’t happy with the results, consider engaging a recruiting team with an industry/discipline focus. They will be more likely to be connected to key players in your field, know who is open for a career change and be able to bring in quality interviews for your company.
Whether your staffing needs in 2013 are light or heavy, maintaining a solid relationship with your recruiting team will make the hiring process easier, and will help you hire the best-qualified professionals for your company.