Posts in Recruiting Strategies


April 16th, 2020 Posted by Human Resources, Recruiting Strategies, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “HIRING STRATEGIES: HOW AND WHY BUSINESSES MUST CREATE FAIL-SAFE STRATEGIES DURING A RECESSION”

With reports indicating that we are heading toward a global recession, you are right to be putting in place a plan of action for the future of your business. One important thing that you might not have considered: have you thought about how your hiring strategy might look in the coming years?

Taking on new talent and speaking to recruitment agencies can be the last things on your mind during times like these, but it shouldn’t be. A recession, as challenging as it is, provides an opportunity to tighten your practices and set new goals. It means a mindset shift that is more than just changing working habits. When forced to look at your entire business in a new light, you will surely realize areas of weakness within your teams; hiring new staff is very often vital for rejuvenating and strengthening them. Sometimes it’s better to cut costs on IT or crunch down on miscellaneous spending to ensure that you hire that person that’s going to lead your business to returned prosperity.

This is why a great recruitment strategy is crucial and, with that said, here is a list of the 5 tips that help you attract and retain the best talent during a recession.

  1. Hone your hiring process. Having decided where you need to hire, you can cut the time costs involved in this process by really pinpointing your needs. Where are the weak spots in your team? Which roles are most fundamental to ensuring your business’ success over the next 5 years? Are there roles that could actually be filled by contractors?
  2. Use the best methods to find the highest tier of candidate. With a surge in unemployment, there will, of course, be an excess of candidates. Considering your recruitment methods wisely minimises taking a risk on a candidate and saves you money in the long run. Though no one likes to pay agency fees to a recruiter, it is very often necessary to ensure that you get access the top talent quickly and that the entire process is well managed. This leaves you time to focus on other areas of your business.
  3. Don’t be tempted to recruit the wrong candidates just to make quick fixes. Over-qualified candidates will get up to speed quickly but get bored just as fast and there is just no need to employ under-qualified candidates if you use your hiring budget wisely. Making use of a recruitment agency will also help in this area. By being provided with the right candidate who adds value, you are saving money in the long term and ensuring that your business continues to grow. If you can afford to cut extra costs elsewhere, it can even be a good idea to over hire during a recession because, in securing this talent when it is available, you can work on your retention strategy throughout an upturn in business.
  4. There is no more crucial time than a recession to ensure that your marketing and “employer branding” are working well for you. Presenting your business as a great place to work through social media and your website is key to attracting the talent your business needs. You should aim to update it with consistency and to emphasize your business’ long-term security. Employees will be looking for somewhere stable where they can continue with their career growth.
  5. Finally, be honest internally as well as to recruiters or job sites about the roles you need filling. It is crucial that you are not misleading candidates, feeling let down by a job description is a significant factor in candidates leaving a position. Take the time to analyse your recruitment data. If employee retention is poor, it might be time to address the root causes.

An economic downturn doesn’t have to have devastating consequences for your business. It goes without saying that planning is crucial in order to avoid lost revenue and having an effective recruitment strategy is equally important.

How to Attract Top Talent to Challenging Locations

July 9th, 2019 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “How to Attract Top Talent to Challenging Locations”

If your company is stuck in a less-than-desirable location, how can you maximize your chance of attracting the talent you need?

Is Your Employer Brand a Dud?

June 26th, 2019 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Is Your Employer Brand a Dud?”

Today, I’ll unpack that a little bit and explore why your employer brand is critical to your ability to hire and retain exceptional employees.

The 4 Virtues of Compelling Job Ads

June 13th, 2019 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “The 4 Virtues of Compelling Job Ads”

This week’s post will focus not on why your job ads suck, but instead what we can do to turn them from verbose lists of required qualifications into compelling calls to action designed to appeal to your most ideal candidates.

Your Job Advertisements Suck!

June 4th, 2019 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Your Job Advertisements Suck!”

Right now I’m going to exercise whatever modicum of executive privilege is available to me and turn this week’s column into a rant that has been a long time coming.

Hiring for a Culture of Innovation

May 13th, 2019 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Hiring for a Culture of Innovation”

Innovation is the future of work. As the U.S. adapts its competitive advantages to the 21st Century, innovation and re-invention are more and more the everyday reality for American companies.

Why We Practice Data-Driven Recruitment

December 19th, 2018 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Why We Practice Data-Driven Recruitment”

Data-driven recruitment places emphasis on collecting and analyzing data to inform recruiting and workforce strategies in order to attract better candidates and retain them for longer.

Why Manufacturers Should Adopt Collaborative Frameworks

April 24th, 2018 Posted by Human Resources, Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Why Manufacturers Should Adopt Collaborative Frameworks”

Manufacturing companies require an increasingly skilled and complex workforce to keep pace with rapid growth and evolving technologies. As that workforce evolves, cooperation and collaboration decline and productivity suffers.

Tired of Losing Candidates? Communication is the Culprit

March 22nd, 2018 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Tired of Losing Candidates? Communication is the Culprit”

The candidate never calls back. Maybe they send a one-sentence email saying they’ve taken another position, but most of the time they ghost you like a teenager ghosts their crush from summer camp. It’s hard not to feel a little jilted. It’s impossible not to wonder why.

Onboarding Guide: Day 0-30

January 9th, 2018 Posted by Recruiting Strategies 0 thoughts on “Onboarding Guide: Day 0-30”

This guide also includes an onboarding checklist and a fully customizable template to create your own onboarding plan.

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