In a Hiring Slump? Try One of These 3 Recruiting Strategies

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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In a Hiring Slump? Try One of These 3 Recruiting Strategies.jpgIf you are in need of reinforcements with your staff and you have limited time, hiring can be arduous for your HR department. With a greater number of job seekers now than there are available positions, sifting through the pile of applications can be exhausting. Therefore, you need to find recruiting strategies that will elicit interest with the right individuals.

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Usually, people skim through several job boards to start. There are pages and pages of jobs on these job boards. As a result, it can sometimes be hard to stand out on these websites. If you need a new employee fast, you want to stand out from the crowd. Employers need to be more creative in their recruiting strategies to really attract the best candidates for their staff.

It can be tiring going through applications when there are applicants that you know would not be appropriate for the position or a good fit for your company. To try and reduce the applications, be specific in your job descriptions. First, try and use a job title that differs from the rest of the positions being advertised. Second, think of what you really want to see in an employee: the skills exhibited as well as the tasks that will need to be done. This will make sure to attract the right candidates for your company.

As you can see, there are a variety of recruiting strategies your company can consider. Let us discuss three of them more in depth.

1. Partner with an Agency

For industry contacts and a great pool of candidates, one of the best recruiting strategies is to hire a staffing agency to alleviate some of the recruitment pressure off of your HR department.

Staffing agencies can make hiring significantly easier for you. Going back to the specificity point, if you give the agency enough information regarding the available position, the requirements for candidates, and what you are looking for in employees, they will send suitable individuals your way that fit the bill.

Using an agency will ensure that your HR department is not being overworked. Furthermore, you wouldn’t have to worry about having an empty position for too long. If you mention a shortage of time and a need for a worker, they will work hard to send you potential hires in a reasonable amount of time.

2. Understand the Value of Temp Workers

This strategy is especially useful if you need to fill a position as soon as possible. Short-term workers are a great remedy to unexpected staff departures, temporary leave, or providing support for your current employees. Temporary workers are a great help if you are in need of extra workers for a particular project as well.

Be flexible in your recruitment standards. Only looking for full-time employees will make the recruitment process more difficult.

3. Turn to Social Media

Social media is gaining popularity nowadays with recruitment. Job seekers use social media to find different positions without having to scroll through job boards.

Social platforms allow for more flexibility and creativity with job posts, as opposed to using job boards exclusively, especially because of the extra features available with these networks. What are the most popular of all the social networks? Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can present your company brand creatively and you can also join various groups on these networks to reach a wider audience.

LinkedIn also allows you to view complete resumes online without having to skim through a pile. You can then connect with people if they appeal to you.


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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