3 Tips for Attracting Top Talent in the New Year
It goes without saying that hiring top talent is key to the success of any business. Why is it, then, that talent leaders are unsure about how to measure the quality of hire? In the Global Recruiting Trends 2016 report by LinkedIn, only 33 percent of talent leaders expressed a strong belief in their methods for measuring quality of hire. A tiny 5 percent were confident enough to say their methods were “best in class.” That’s a lot of folks who are not sure they’re hiring quality people.
If you’re looking to attract top talent to your business in the New Year, follow these three tips:
1. Tap into employee referrals.
According to LinkedIn’s report, employee referrals are a proven and growing method for landing top talent. One likely reason is because referred employees have been at their jobs longer and have high job performance marks. Plus, when an employee refers someone, he or she is vouching for that person, meaning they’re invested in the matter.
2. Don’t wait for candidates to come to you.
Your business may have a stellar reputation, but it’s important to focus on finding both active and passive job seekers. To this end, promote your company—its culture, professional growth opportunities and the like—on your website, across social media, and more. Having a strong online presence is critical, as top talent often judges the quality of your business by how it presents itself online. Posting employee photos and insight into team-building events and hosting seminars are just a few ways to enhance your visibility to talented potential candidates.
3. Show your flexibility.
In days gone by, employees were more likely to work long, burn out-inducing hours, but not anymore. Now, employees want to be happy and to have healthy work-life balances, and want their places of business to help facilitate this. The payoffs of improved employee work-life balance are immense and include increased innovation and productivity. Just remember: if a talented person thinks that your company has a reputation for pushing its workers to the brink, he or she will be less likely to apply to work for you.