There is this notion that hiring people for a company is just a matter of selecting from an abundant job market. But, the real situation is finding the right talents is quite a challenging process due to a massive job market.
In a study conducted by a top recruitment firm, one of the common hurdles business organizations experience when hiring people is a lot of the job-seekers are quite green in the game and still do not have a clear professional plan. Therefore, even if they are talented, staying in the job position that they have managed to win in the employment rate is not a priority.
This situation is quite prevalent in specific industries, and it leads to financial losses for companies. A quick turnover of employees often means investments that fail to yield returns, given how much money is allocated to training.
As such, companies must explore other avenues for finding the right people to fill their operations’ empty positions. They must not rely solely on their classified ads and cattle calls. So, if your company is looking to hire some of the best people, here are a few tips that might help.
1. Partner with a recruitment firm.
This is the smartest move to make because a recruitment firm can assist you with the screening of qualified people for the positions you have open. Therefore, you can trust that the applicants from the firm that will come for the first contact with your company are the best. This is not only in terms of skills, but also in values, experiences, and even location.
Say, you are offering accounting and finance jobs in Dubai, you can instruct the firm to pare down the selection of suitable candidates to those who are already based in Dubai. You may even add to limit applicants to those who have the job experience you require. This way, the company will not have to spend too much time and money on training.
This may seem like a huge demand from recruitment firms. However, many of them are more than willing to cater to specific requests in ensuring their clients’ complete satisfaction.
2. Reach out to training centres.
According to Dubai’s recruitment specialists, training centres are among the best places to find true talents. Why? These are the places where competitive individuals go to boost their knowledge and expand their skills in preparation for a job application or career advancement.
For instance, when your company needs an in-house graphic artist, get in touch with a training centre that offers a photoshop illustrator course. Perhaps the centre wouldn’t mind putting up posters and flyers in their facility or even presenting the job opportunity during classes.
3. Hold a competition.
Take a cue from creative organizations that make contests a job-hiring opportunity. Include the chance to work with your company in the price bundle for winners. By doing this, not only will you automatically find the most skilled and talented people for the job but you get to hire them off the competition right away.
You may just find that most of them joined the competition for the opportunity to have a stable job in your company. Naturally, you will have to throw in other prizes too. But, consider those a part of the investment in gathering the best talents for your organization.
4. Work with charitable or non-profit organizations.
Quite often, NPOs and charitable groups work with highly-skilled volunteers. Many of these volunteers may be applying for jobs or in-between jobs and are gathering valuable experiences for them to practice their skills through the volunteer program.
Make the practice of social responsibility within your organization an opportunity to scout talents. A lot of highly skilled people volunteer and chances are, they may also be looking for a job. You can easily connect with them through your work with the NPOs.
5. Create a referral program for your company.
A referral program tasks your own employees to look for people who are suitable for the available positions in the company. The positive thing about this program is your employees personally know the people they’re referring and can vouch for their skills and work ethics.
They are not likely to just bring in anybody because either they might lose the incentive they’ll be given, or they simply do not want to compromise their relationship with the company. This strategy has been working swimmingly for so many global organizations whose employees work at home.
The key here is to be an opportunity detective. Identify all the different places where the kind of people your business needs may be found. Finding the perfect people to hire does not always follow the same process. Therefore, it is not far-fetched for you to find the best talents whose values align with your company’s in the most unexpected places.
David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.