This is the year. This is the year you hire smartly once and for all. To that end, here are the resolutions you should make to ensure this year is a fantastic one in terms of your hiring strategy.
1. I Will Start Looking for Qualified Candidates Before I Need Them.
Waiting until an employee is out the door is too late to find her replacement. At that point, you’re frantic to fill the gap she left, and may not make the best decision on who to hire. This year, however, you’ll stay tapped into your professional network so that you know what candidates are qualified and who’s looking for a job. Or, you’ll work with a recruiter who’s always in the know.
2. I Will Know What I’m Looking For.
If you’ve had a problem with turnover in the last few years, look at your job descriptions and see how well they match up to actual expectations for each role. If they’re drastically misaligned, it’s probably time for you to reassess what each role requires so that when you post a job, it outlines exactly what you want, and will help you find the most qualified person for the job.
3. I’ll Leave Recruiting to the Experts.
If you find yourself too busy to manage the candidate search, turn the work over to the professionals. Public Relations recruiters can help you fine tune your job description and find the best candidates in your industry much faster than you posting to a job board and sifting through hundreds of resumes.
4. I’ll Be Aware of the Competitive Marketplace.
Another reason for turnover happens when you’re not paying your staff competitive salary. It’s not always what you think an employee deserves to be paid; it’s more about what others are paying for that same role. Check around to see what other companies in your area are paying for the same roles to ensure you’re offering fair compensation to new hires and can attract the most skilled folks.
5. I’ll Invite the Right People to the Interview Process.
Maybe you’re not the best (or only) person who needs to interview potential candidates. The manager and team members that this role will work with will have a better sense of what the department needs skill-wise, so it may be a smart idea to invite them to sit in on the interviews.
6. I’ll Sharpen Up My Employee Feedback Process.
If you want to keep from having to hire new employees every few months, consider providing your staff with better feedback on their work. Holding year end reviews can help you share insight with each employee on how well she’s doing and help guide her to doing her best job at work.
Being proactive and attentive to your hiring needs can help you avoid having issues in your employment strategy.