It’s nearing the end of 2021 and there are still “Now Hiring” signs everywhere which means you are competing with every other business to hire talent. So how do you think outside the box to outshine your competition?
Here are 10 ways to find talent in 2021:
1. Always be recruiting
What does that mean for you? It means to always be active with your recruiting method. Do not wait until you are in need of an employee before you start building a talent bench. Recruitment needs to stay on your mind and should be a daily task. Look for great talent everywhere you go. When the time comes to fill a position, you will have a list of skilled individuals that can be interviewed.
2. Hire for passion and attitude, not experience
You can train for experience but you can’t train attitude. If you are only searching for experience, you are going to limit the talent you are able to hire. Companies need people who love what they do and have great attitudes. The person with no experience but a great attitude and drive is going to be a better long term hire than the person with all the experience but is not passionate about your company. If they don’t have experience, see if you can bring them on at an entry level position or as an intern so you have time to train them in-house.
3. Differentiate your company and sell the vision
In 2021, job seekers want to work for companies that provide a clear career path and vision. Be honest with your employees about what you are looking for so they can see their future at your company. People are more motivated by purpose than money.
4. Networking groups and online groups
In 2021 there are still a lot of great resources that you can use to find talent. There are networking groups through organizations, Facebook groups for your industry, and sites like Meetup. But make sure to cast a wide net when searching for new employees so you don’t miss anyone who might be a great fit.
5. LinkedIn is still great
No list of where to find talent in 2021 would be complete without mentioning LinkedIn. If you haven’t used this professional social media site to find talent, get on it! You can target specific people for your recruitment efforts or just search the database using keywords, locations, and different filters. LinkedIn is an invaluable resource for recruitment!
6. Make your company a great place to work
If you want to find great talent, be an employer of choice. It’s hard to imagine in 2021 but some employers still think that treating employees poorly will motivate them more and others simply don’t care. If you want the best talent, treat your workers and your workplace like the best. Companies that create a safe and positive environment for employees will always have great talent looking to work there, don’t take this for granted!
7. What can you outsource overseas?
In 2021 the world is a much smaller place and the internet has made it possible for companies to outsource just about anything, including jobs. If there are certain tasks local employees have been doing that can be done anywhere in the world by someone else-like accounting or data entry-you should consider outsourcing those tasks for a lower cost. I’ve found great overseas employees through onlinejobs.ph, fiverr.com, and freelancer.com.
8. Get creative with compensation
In 2021 it is a job seekers market. People are not afraid to leave their current jobs if the grass seems greener elsewhere. Because of this, it’s important to be creative with your compensation packages and incentives. Incentivizing benefits through unique perks like wellness programs or even pet insurance for employees’ cats and dogs can help you stand out among the competition. Additional days off or 4 day work weeks are another way to get employees excited about working for you.
9. Use technology to your advantage
Hiring managers in 2021 are using every tool at their disposal to find great talent-career site posting, networking groups, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, online job boards, etc. Make sure that the best candidates can find you too by consistently posting your open positions on all of these sites.
10. Think long term
In 2021, the best candidate is not one who wants to jump ship in 6 months or a year-it’s the person who will stay with you for years and bring fresh ideas and new perspectives. The long term hire may take longer to find than the quick hire but it will be worth it in the end.