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A Business Owner's Guide to Attracting Top Talent

by Guest Author 10 October 2017 11:15

One of the biggest challenges for any business owner is finding the right candidates to bring on board. If you have open positions you're trying to fill or you plan to do some hiring in the future, keep these suggestions in mind. They'll help you attract high-quality employees who can contribute to your bottom line.

Ask for referrals. Knowing more about a candidate increases your chances of making a smart decision, and finding someone who will fit in with your company culture. Offer incentives for current employees to make referrals. Send your job announcements to colleagues asking for leads, and be generous about doing the same for them.

Tweak your job description. Is your advertisement boring? Remember that you're selling the position, not just describing it. Know your audience, and stress what you have to offer.

Consider hiring a recruitment agency. Maybe you're not getting enough qualified candidates. A recruitment agency can be worth the fees they charge if they help you fill difficult positions.

Offer competitive compensation. Is your starting salary in line with comparable openings? Check your benefits too as many candidates will appreciate policies such as generous leave and training opportunities.

Remember soft skills. Whatever the position, you also need to focus on communication and interpersonal skills. Is this someone you'll enjoy working with, and will they be effective dealing with clients?

Always be looking. Don’t wait until you have a vacancy to think about recruitment. Keep your eyes open for promising talent at every networking event or speaking engagement you go to.

Hiring and retaining high-caliber employees is the key to business success. Using strategies that develop your reputation as a great employer puts you on the path to assembling an effective team.

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