How Hiring Managers Can Find the Best Candidates—without the Stress

Hiring managers spend their entire careers in pursuit of the perfect candidate. These mythical figures exceed every expectation listed in your job description and identify strongly with your organization’s values. Unfortunately, they only exist as an ideal to be sought after, and you’ll rarely encounter an applicant this qualified in the real world.

But that doesn’t mean you should settle for a subpar worker. Great hires will do more than just increase the quality of your output. They’ll actually save you money by reducing future hiring costs and training fees. Superb workers are also more productive, and they raise the morale of their co-workers. You’ll never achieve perfection, but the right staffing processes can benefit your organization in ways you never imagined.

Of course, you have to find this top-notch worker first. That’s easier said than done when every job posting generates thousands of responses and only a handful of worthy applicants. Thankfully, these four tips will help you find these candidates without undue stress.

Don’t Plan for the Short Term

Imagine that a vacancy will open up at your company tomorrow. Do you have someone in mind who can fill it? If not, you may need to plan more strategically. The best companies don’t hire as the need arises. Instead, they scout potential employees ahead of time and make an offer when the time is right.

This strategy has a few benefits. For one, you’ll never have to struggle to find the right candidate for a position. Sure, you may still look for better options, but you’ll always have a great worker in your back pocket just in case. For another, you’ll find employees who can grow with your company. An entry-level worker might lack experience today, but they may be management material in a few years’ time.

Take Advantage of Social Media

Social media has made employee sourcing so much easier. Just a few years ago, hiring managers would have to network extensively to find qualified professionals in their industry. Today, they can go on LinkedIn and find hundreds of candidates within an hour.

These sites may not solve all of your problems, but if you don’t incorporate them into your strategy, you’ll miss out. Social media platforms can help narrow your audience to only the best candidates. Buying an ad on a job board will flood your inbox with undesirable applications. You can publish that same posting on your social media channels and attract professionals who are already interested in your work. Why waste time and money when social channels can do the same job for less.

Leverage Your Reputation and Your Culture

Reputations are more important than ever these days. A great worker may decide to work at a small firm with a great office culture and exciting projects rather than a huge yet uninspiring company.

The best workers won’t just flock to your organization based on word of mouth, though. You need to put your agency’s best qualities on display if you want to attract top talent. Your job descriptions need to emphasize your favourable working conditions and unique projects. If you can demonstrate your organization’s broader culture and values, you’ll probably attract like-minded people.

Work with a Qualified Recruiter

Even with all of these tips, hiring managers can find it difficult to find qualified workers. No matter what industry you work in, recruiting agencies can help solve this problem. Whether you need short-term or full-time employees, these firms have deep industry connections that will help make your search quick and pain-free.

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Shannon Telepanich

Shannon Telepanich

Shannon is a Sr. Engineering Recruiter at the Ian Martin Group; a recruiter who is as much at home qualifying candidates and communicating with clients as building a search strategy. She has an in-depth understanding of search tools, skill requirements and ability to leverage professional networks to allow swift design and ability to impact strategic talent sourcing strategies that dive deep into industry sectors to identify game changers. When Shannon isn’t recruiting she is busy with two tenacious kidos and a big shaggy dog; A lover of all things nature minus the bugs.
Shannon Telepanich