Recruiting effectively requires the best of both employees and companies

11.04.2013


The art of recruiting requires certain skills and focuses for the average person. From a sea of hundreds of resumes, hiring managers are tasked with finding the best candidate for the position, which can seem difficult. However, taking advice from experts in the field into consideration can help any hiring authority when helping the best of the best find a job.

According to the Tennessean, testing potential employees can be a great start to the hiring process, giving direct and informative knowledge of a worker's abilities in skills directly related to the job at hand. While prospective hires will have listed a plethora of skills and experiences on their resumes, that information can only be taken at face value. By testing them in both their knowledge of the position at hand and any applicable skills they may have of the task at hand, you'll quickly be able to deduce which applicants are best suited for the position, easing your initial selection process.

Another helpful source that can play a major role in recruiting is turning to a staffing agency, the news source continues. Many recruiting firms provide an important service to the average company, with plenty of potential employees who have skills and experience that make them perfect for the job at hand. Not only is that perk a plus, but contract employees will give a sort of "try before you buy" experience to the average hiring manager - they usually work for half a year at a time, more than enough time to determine if they're the real deal for a long-term role at the company.

Perks an important draw for any employee
Another important part of recruiting is making sure the job in question can draw the best and brightest employees in the field to the job itself. According to CIO Magazine, helping employees out with perks and a more positive work environment can go a long way when it comes to enjoying and even coming to a position at hand. That can mean renewing efforts toward employee perks both big and small will make a big difference in the long run. Things as small as the occasional free food or as large as pay and time-off incentives can collectively work to make a job more appealing, which will inevitably bring in more experienced workers.

One perk in particular that can make a big difference is telecommuting and other similar efforts toward helping employees' work/life balances. According to a recent survey by an online job listing company, 83 percent of employees would be more loyal to their employer if given more flexible work options, while nearly half reported having left a job due to a poor balance.

"These are staggering numbers in an economy with such high unemployment," noted the company's CEO. "It shows that the lack of flexible work options is already a serious factor in recruiting and retaining employees."

Invest in employees' growth
CIO notes that another positive way to help employees feel important and valued in their positions at hand is to recognize their potential and help their careers grow, as they will likely reflect positively on the effort and attention shown regarding their skills.

Key ways to improve upon this aspect of the job include keeping track of educational and career advancement opportunities open to employees throughout a company and giving employees who use those resources words of support, as well as giving them say when making important decisions regarding the company itself. Committing to their skills and experiences will, in the long term, have a heavy payoff when it comes to their loyalty to the position.