3 Ways to Recruit Top Talent

Beth Dean 02.10.16
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Now that the year is well underway, many companies may be looking at recruiting new employees to make sure they are fully staffed for the months ahead. Here are 3 ways to find top talent for your company.

1. Use technology
Start with the easiest solution in recruiting top talent: post an ad online. Today’s online job posting tools go beyond the average resume collection tool they once were. Now, they can include preselection questions to automate the candidate pool, parse different sections for easy storage and quicker reading, and maximize the reach to your target audience.

Going beyond the job postings, there are several ways to leverage technology for recruiting. A killer Careers page on your website is a good start, as is a social media presence that actually shows what it looks like to work at your company. Smart recruiters can find candidates using the advanced search functions within LinkedIn.

2. Go to them
Sometimes, you need to go to your candidates instead of waiting for them to come to you. This is especially useful when looking at passive candidates; those people who have all of the skill sets that you’re looking for, but aren’t necessarily looking for a job at the moment.

To find a diversity in age ranges and backgrounds, it’ll be important to use a variety of ways to reach out to candidates. Be a presence at local meetings for that industry’s professional association. Network at conferences and career fairs and consider purchasing booth space to exhibit your company.

3. Be a best place to work
Nextep has been named a Best Place to Work in Oklahoma five times. We’re extremely proud of the recognition for our commitment to our employees, but official designations aren’t nearly as important as the endeavor. Even if you don’t enter contests, your company should strive to be a great place to work.

Delve deeply into things that really matter to your employees and their lives. Is the training thorough enough that the employee feels secure in his or her ability to do the job well? Are there opportunities and encouragement for advancement? How is the benefit plan and compensation? What is the workplace’s culture? Is the work environment comfortable? Fun extras such as gourmet coffee and potluck lunches never hurt, either.

As painful as it may be, take the feedback on Glassdoor.com and in your own internal employee surveys seriously. Even if it sounds like someone is bitter, there may be some truth to what they’re saying. Conversely, take the positive feedback to heart and hold sacred those things that your employees value.

Attracting the best employees comes in many forms that even go beyond using technology, being proactive, and providing a great work environment for your employees. For human resource guidance in recruiting top talent at your company, please contact Nextep’s HR team.

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