It’s the day after Halloween! Yes, that means that it’s time to shed that itchy polyester costume, pick the fake spider webs out of your hair, and empty out those pockets filled with candy wrappers. What’s next you ask? Well, with all the Halloween festivities, you didn’t have time to think about how to solve your recruiting issues at work! But there’s no need to fret! Perhaps we can use some of that Halloween spirit to help you out!
First things first, take a look at your trick-or-treat bag. Think of your bag of Halloween treats as your talent pool, and your candies as candidates. Just as you would sift through all the candies to find the one you want, you also need to sift through your talent pool for the right talent. But finding the right person for your organization isn’t an easy task. Candidates’ resumes are like colorful candy wrappers, each one is different with so much to look at, making it even harder to choose one from another. This is where automation would be helpful. Instead of manually going through each and every resume, there is technology out there that can automatically filter, screen, and rank qualified candidates. They can also sort through resumes to find specific skills sets and requirements through an easy-to-use keyword search.
Secondly, keep the candies you’ve picked. Once you find the candy you want, you don’t want someone else taking it away from you! What many people don’t realize is that retaining key talent starts with the onboarding process. Having an onboarding portal can help new hires transition into a company more smoothly and efficiently, while making it a positive experience. Allow your new hires to fill out electronic forms and documents prior to their first day of work. This will ensure faster new hire productivity and increased retention rates!
Last but not least, know which houses give out the best candy…so you can go there next year! Sourcing is one of the biggest challenges recruiters face. Many have a hard time finding which job sources bring in the best candidates. Whether it be job boards, employee referrals, or social media outlets, it’s important to identify the most effective outlets for acquiring top talent. One thing you can do is measure the effectiveness of sources you currently have. And, if you have already automated your program, reporting and tracking is as easy as 1-2-3. Once you find your most successful sources, you can manage and optimize them. You can then try using social recruitment tools to post jobs on Facebook and Twitter, or reach specific talent through unique job boards to optimize your job search!
You’ve picked the best candy (candidates), you learned how to keep them (employee retention), and now you know where to get the best candy for next time (sourcing). Thank goodness for all of the Halloween spirit!