5 Tips to Attract Top Job Candidates

As an employer, job recruiting can be one of the hardest, most stressful parts of running a business. Some companies only get a few responses to their ads, while others are quickly overwhelmed by the large volume of responses....


As an employer, job recruiting can be one of the hardest, most stressful parts of running a business. Some companies only get a few responses to their ads, while others are quickly overwhelmed by the large volume of responses.

Even after you have a manageable list of potential candidates, you still have to carefully review their resumes and cover letters. And nothing is more frustrating than interviewing a roomful of candidates and finding that none of them are suitable for your position.

Rather than throwing an ad in your local newspaper or job website and hoping for the best, why not use methods that will help you get top job candidates, perfectly suited for your position?

 

We have put together these five tips to help you fill your open positions with the best candidates you can find.  

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1. Be detailed in your advertising

You may think that copying and pasting generic job descriptions and position requirements will make the process quicker, but this method will cost you more time in total. Generic descriptions often attract the wrong candidates and push away the good ones. Instead, give easy-to-understand details about the position and what it requires, so you’ll attract the right people.

2. Carefully choose your recruiting events

Career fairs can give you incredible leads, but only if you choose the right events. Make sure you’ll be able to speak to each job seeker without feeling pressed for time. Visit events in multiple areas every year to avoid limiting your candidate pool and choose recruiters who will best represent your business.  Hear from Donovan from Dewey Pest Control, how he recruits at job fairs.

3. Maintain contact with interested candidates

Even if you have narrowed your applicants to a select few, be sure to keep an open relationship with other quality candidates. If none of the job seekers on your short list work or you have another open position down the line, you will be able to reconnect with these candidates. This can save you a lot of time and stress in the recruitment process.

4.Utilize social media recruiting

 

In the past, you had to wait for candidates to come to you, but today you have the ability to go after the candidates you want for your team. You can contact passive job candidates through social media, share your open position, and explain why you think they would be a good fit. You can also attract job seekers who are already engaging with your company by posting job openings on LinkedIn or your business blog. 

5. Respect your candidates’ time

You are looking at multiple candidates and your candidates are likely considering multiple jobs. To attract top job candidates, show that your company is worth their time and effort. Ask interview questions that pertain to your position and avoid asking silly, irrelevant questions. Keep to your appointment times and quickly respond to any communication. Be authentic about the hiring process. Make your company their best option.

Gerhard Kramer is Founder of Church Job Fairs. A Nonprofit offering the dignity of employment by connecting job candidates and employers in empowering local community environments.

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    Gerhard Kramer (Friday, 23 December 2016 14:18)

    Network with others that influence candidates be in front of their friends to introduce and promote your opportunities. Getting your branding message in Employment Resource offices, Church bulletins, Veteran offices, colleges or if your hiring practices merit it, the high school guidance counseling offices.