By Jessica Rayburn
One of the most common questions we come across in this industry is, “How do I find a GREAT candidate?”
Sure, there are plenty of options when searching for a new employee. But how do you save time and make sure that you are conducting an efficient search?
Searching for a candidate is time consuming, expensive and often frustrating. We advise our clients to start with these three areas to conduct a fruitful job search:
1. Networking – Candidates who attend events, whether they are educational or job search specific, are ACTIVELY seeking new positions and doing their best to put themselves out there and grow professionally. Both are good qualities in a potential employee, right?
2. Social Media – Whether it be Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google + or any other social media outlet, a good candidate should be active on social media. Our two favorites are LinkedIn and Twitter. Candidates who are posting on these sites, showing their expertise in their field and providing others with quality content are showing initiative and commanding the attention of the social media world. Personal branding and marketing should be important components when considering the quality of a potential employee. Do you want an employee who actively promotes your business or one who represents your business in a negative light?
3. Referrals – This is HUGE, reach out to your greatest resource when searching for the next great employee…YOUR employees. Ask employees who you trust and have shown loyalty and dedication to your organization if they know of anyone they would recommend for the job. After all, they know what it takes to be successful within the organization and what it takes to get the job done. These employees will be unlikely to recommend someone who is NOT a great candidate for the job because they value their reputation within the organization and will not want to sacrifice the hard work and dedication they have invested in their job.
While these are certainly not the only ways to find a talented employee, they do help to minimize the time put into a search and stop the revolving door of candidates that flood into your office.
How has your organization found top talent in the past? Have you implemented any of these strategies or have you found other successful avenues?
Do you need help with executive search or finding good employees? Contact OI Partners today. We can help!
Jessica joins the OI Partners - Innovative Career Consulting team as a Georgia native with deep roots in Colorado. As a graduate of the University of Georgia, she is a highly motivated, results-oriented professional with experience in recruiting, staff training, and leadership. Jessica has worked in the fields of hospitality, banking, and mortgage which have allowed her to develop strong skills in the areas of company strategy, direction, and communication. Her experience helps leaders and clients achieve their goals in the areas of Executive Search, Executive Coaching and Career Transition. She offers excellent interpersonal skills, creative thought and a drive to her clients.