In today’s job market, competition for top talent is fierce. You can’t head forward blindly, without a rock-solid hiring strategy that will support your company’s business plan and objectives. Otherwise, you risk losing the best candidates … and they may never look back.
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Develop your plan for the next six, 12, 18 and 24 months … and beyond. This includes allowing for both expected and unplanned turnover, as well as any anticipated business growth and seasonal needs.
- Take stock of your hiring needs. Collaborate with your leadership team to gauge what talent will need to be hired, for the near and long-term future. Plan for both best- and worst-case scenarios. For instance, what if a wave of new business comes your way, or the market drops off? Plan to revisit your strategy periodically – every quarter is a good rule of thumb – to keep it current.
- Align your plan with business goals. Your hiring strategy should go hand-in-hand with your company’s business plan. Most companies aim for a reasonable number of outcomes in a given year, relative to market trends. These may include revenues, profit margins, expansion, entry into new markets or development of new products or services. Considering these goals will enable you to define which positions you’ll need to create or fill.
- Optimize the candidate experience. You may want to start with a customized job template featuring your company’s logo and graphics, to promote and reinforce your employer brand. From here, develop a seamless, user-friendly hiring process and interview guidelines. The last thing you want is for leading candidates to have to jump through hoops. If your career page, online application or related steps are bumpy, you risk losing them.
- Deepen your talent pool. Develop an ongoing, dynamic list of potential candidates. This could range from a simple database to a full-scale communication program, which sends prospects content on a regular basis. This way, the next time you need to fill a position, you can avoid having to scramble.
There are general guidelines, but there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for hiring success. Find a strategic staffing partner who can tailor a plan to your unique business needs and demands. In the Carolinas, your go-to resource is StaffMasters. Read our related posts or contact us today, so we can tell you more.