Retain a Specialized Staffing Service
If you aren’t getting good results from a “general” staffing service, consider hiring a specialized recruiter. Some attract candidates in business areas like sales, marketing, content and product marketing, while others attract high-tech candidates.
Have Your Current Employees Help with Your Recruiting
Employee-referral programs are a cost-effective way of sourcing and hiring new candidates. Even with a generous cash award, a referral program will usually be cheaper than paying a recruiting firm. If you opt to start small and plan to increase the amount, provide a written explanation when you launch the program that the cash incentives may increase as the company can afford it.
Analyze Your Staffing Needs Before You Replace a Departing Employee
Just because an employee leaves your company, or other employees complain that they have too much to do, you don´t necessarily have to hire a new employee. If you take the time to assess your staffing needs, you may find that you don´t need to refill a vacant position — or create a new one. Instead, you need to shuffle some job responsibilities or make a different hire in another department.
Get Specific in Your Job Postings
If you run a job listing or a take out an ad, make sure the minimum requirements of the job and the salary range are clearly defined. Ambiguous job postings attract a broad range of candidates, many of which may or may not be qualified for the job you need done. That may seem like the right tactic, but it actually makes hiring much harder. The reality is that you’ll end up with far fewer qualified applicants than you expect once you sift through all the untargeted resumes.
Write Realistic Job Descriptions
Before you begin writing your help wanted ad, make a comprehensive list of duties. Prioritize this list in order of importance. Include at least the top three job duties in your ad. If you want the candidate to sit in a dark room, never speak to anyone, and count widgets all day, say it! Inaccurate descriptions of job duties only waste your time and money.
Ask for Referrals When Hiring
When you’re trying to fill a vacant position, ask your network of contacts for a referral. They may know someone great who may have needed more flexible hours, less responsibility, or some other non-performance-based reason for being available in the job market. For example, a very good assistant office manager may have wanted a promotion to office manager where such a position was not available. He or she is in the job market for a non-performance based reason and may find the perfect opportunity with your company.