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Ways to Attract Top Candidates to Your Team

August 20th, 2019

Gone are the days when you published a job ad, screened a bunch of resumes and made calls for interviews. Instead, in today’s market, with low unemployment, you need to entice candidates to work for you. This is especially true if you’re filling roles in high-demand fields, like technology. 

So how do you go about doing that? By building a strong employer brand. When you have a reputation in the local market as a top employer, the best candidates will be far more likely to apply to positions at your company. Not only that, but you’ll:

  • Find good fit candidates faster, leading to lower hiring costs.
  • Retain your best team members easier since they’ll experience more job satisfaction.
  • Happy employees will also be more likely to refer those in their network to a job with you.
  • Experience increased offer-to-acceptance ratios.

In order to achieve these outcomes, though, you have to identify what makes your company a special place to work. You can do that by talking with your existing employees first. When you find out their opinions on what attracted them to work for your company, as well as what they like best about it, you’ll know how to position your organization in job postings and throughout the interview process. 

To best solicit feedback, you can simply create a questionnaire that asks about:

  • Their experience during the hiring process, including what they liked and areas that could use improvement. 
  • Why they chose your company over other opportunities and what made it different or stood out to them.
  • What they like most about being a part of the team and areas they would change.
  • What the company’s mission and vision are. 
  • What makes the company a unique place to work.

Once you understand how employees view your company, both as candidates and as existing staff, you’ll have more insight into fashioning your employer brand.  You can then promote it throughout your website, marketing materials, social media and during the hiring process.

Need more help with your recruiting efforts?

Turn to the team at Provisional. As one of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s leading staffing services firms, we can connect you with top candidates for your job openings. You’ll be able to fill positions faster, with less stress.

How to Tap Your Team to Help You Recruit

September 19th, 2017

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, Provisional knows that when it comes time to hire, one of your best recruiting tools is your existing staff. In fact, there are a variety of ways they can help you hire your next great employee. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Talk hiring with your team.

It’s in your employees’ best interest for you to hire top-rated people. Not only will they have to work alongside them, but the quality of candidates you hire can impact your company bottom line. So it makes sense for your team to be involved in the process. Once you’re ready to hire, let them know about the job opening and ask them for insight into what key skills and qualities are important for a new hire to succeed.

Make job openings share-able.

Beyond keeping your employees in the loop about hiring, make sure that job postings are easy for them to share. Post them on your company website, as well as social media profiles, where employees can easily share them with their network. In addition, ask employees to include a link to your jobs listing page in their email signature so that it gets broadcast out whenever they send an email.

Create an employee referral plan.

Employee referrals are often one of the fastest and easiest ways to find new hires. So if you don’t have an employee referral program, now’s the time to start one. When employees know there’s a reward for them, they’re more likely to refer friends, family and past colleagues who would be a good fit for the job. If you already have a referral plan in place, remind your employees about it and the incentive that’s being offered.

Showcase culture on your company website.

When candidates are applying to jobs with your company, they want to know what working there is really like. Show them through blog posts authored by staff members, and photos and videos showcasing “a day in the life” of different employees. When your company can give candidates a sense of what it’s like to work at your company, you’ll not only attract more candidates, but better-fit ones, as well.

When it comes to hiring new employees, your existing ones are truly one of your greatest assets. Just follow the tips above for leveraging them.

Need more help recruiting for your team?

Call the experts at Provisional. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, we know where to look to source the best candidates for a wide variety of positions and fields. Just give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.

9 Ideas for Hiring Top Performers

March 27th, 2012

As one of the top staffing agencies in Spokane, Washington, we know that building a strong company is all about the team you have in place to run it. Hire a bunch of incompetent people with bad attitudes, and your profits will likely suffer greatly. Hire a bunch of top performers, though, and your company will reap the rewards in the form of happier customers and bigger profits.

But getting those top performers to come join your team isn’t as easy as posting an ad in the classifieds. You’ve got to take a targeted approach; one that focuses on helping you get the exact employee you want.

To help you, here are 9 ideas:

1. Get to know the kind of candidate you’re looking for (social media savvy Gen Y-er, extroverted sales producer, detail oriented administrative assistant, etc.), understand their needs, and appeal to those needs in your recruiting efforts.

2. Go outside the box when looking for talent. For instance, semi-retired workers, moms just returning to the workforce, veterans exiting the military, and career shifters are typically untapped pools of talent.

3. Put yourself in the shoes of your ideal candidate. Where would they hear about you? What message would appeal most to them?

4. Look for help from educational institutions. For instance, vocational and technical schools can give you access to new graduates with a variety of skills.

5. Put real employees in your recruiting ads. Everything you say about your company will be taken with a grain of salt by candidates. However, if you have a picture of an actual employee with comments about how great it is to work for your company, then you’re more likely to make a positive impression on candidates.

6. Focus on advantages. Don’t just list all the tasks and responsibilities the job entails; focus on the advantages of working for your company. Sell the opportunity.

7. Advertise in different places. Rather than advertising your job openings in the same places, consider different avenues. For instance, place recruitment messages in billings/invoices for customers.

8. Investigate offering a flexible work schedule. If you don’t currently offer benefits like flex time or telecommuting, you could be turning away an entire pool of potential talent who are more interested in working for companies that offer a flexible work schedule.

9. Work with one of the top staffing agencies in Spokane, Washington. Hiring just the right person for a position takes a lot of time, which you may not have at the moment. If that’s the case, then consider outsourcing the hiring process to a staffing agency. They can source, recruit, screen, interview, skill test and verify backgrounds on your behalf and then send you only the most qualified candidates from which to choose.

If you’re interested in learning more about how a staffing agency can help you, give us a call. Provisional Recruiting & Staffing Services has been a trusted source of quality personnel and staffing programs for over 15 years in the Inland Northwest. Learn more now.