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Employers everywhere, in every industry, are struggling to find the right people for their jobs. This so called “war for talent” often pits employer against employer, in an effort to find and retain the industry leaders that will help them get ahead of the competition. But even just finding the people with the right skills can be a challenge. Luckily, by understanding the market a little better, you can position yourself and your company for greater success in your hiring efforts.

Here are 3 surprising things you can do to improve your odds of finding the industry rock stars that will set you up for success.

1) Start with a new recruiting strategy

If you are recruiting the way you’ve been recruiting for the past 5 or 10 years, chances are that you’re missing out on the best candidates. Recruiting has changed dramatically. Digital recruiting tools such as social media and mobile applications have completely revolutionized how and how fast candidates can apply for jobs. Job boards are now online, and without that digital presence, you may as well not be hiring at all.

2) Think long-term

Modern companies know they need to be proactive to attract the industry’s top talent. Make sure you are advertising in the right places so that prospective candidates are made aware of an opportunity early. Consider recruiting passive job seekers, and even creating a slower, more proactive hiring process that works to identify and recruit future talent. Look for quality recommendations from your current or past employees. Encourage internal recruiting, and the professional development that will nurture high performers to grow into leadership roles. Make sure you are thinking long-term in your recruiting strategy, because if you’re not – candidates will know it, and gravitate toward those companies who are.

3) Rethink your offering

In such a competitive market the best candidates are likely fielding multiple job offers and the basic compensation package simply won’t cut it. Financial incentives and hourly rates are important, of course, but they are not the only deciding factor for many new hires. Time off matters. Company culture and workplace flexibility matters. Great benefits and training programs matter. To make your company stand out, employees need to know that they matter, so take a second look at how your corporate culture and offerings are impacting your hiring success.

As you can see from these tips, employers who put their employees first are the ones who are better positioned to attract the industry leading talent that they need. That’s why so many companies are rethinking how the reward and how they recruit their teams. The reality is that if you can’t compete on culture, your competition will win out with candidates and with clients as well.

Are you looking for top talent?

For more tips on how you can attract industry leading talent,contact recruiting specialists at USPRO today.


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