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Finding the right people the first time out is essential to a healthy bottom line — particularly in light of rising attrition rates and corresponding costs. One integral part of the process? Establishing a strategic recruitment plan. Here’s what you need to know to attract — and retain — the very best talent every time.

Why Do You Need A Strategic Recruitment Plan?

Attempting to assess the talent pool and identify the right candidates is no longer a matter of sorting through a pile of resumes. Instead, it’s a dynamic process that involves everything from building your brand to social recruiting to creative sourcing techniques, for both active and passive job seekers. Effective recruitment strategies are an essential part of reaching and hiring high-quality talent, while failure to encompass these savvy hiring processes can leave your business in the dust.

One way to rethink your strategies and see results? Put job-seekers first along every step of the process. Ultimately, successful hiring comes down to one thing: relationships. At its essence, human resources is a form of customer service: if you think of potential job seekers as consumers, it’s your job to sell your business and brand through a variety of progressive methods, including providing a clear job description, posting it via relevant channels, keeping applicants informed along every step of the way, and ultimately demonstrating competence and integrity in every interaction.

The Importance of Communication

An essential part of relationship building, communication can be trickier than it sounds. Frequent and consistent communication makes a positive impression. Infrequent or poor communication, on the other hand, leads to distrust and dissent. By establishing clear-cut protocols for keeping prospective employees informed about their application status, you strengthen your relationship.

In short, an effective strategic recruitment plan helps your organization not only reach the best candidates, but also conveys a message of trust and responsibility. In the short-term, this leads to better hires. In the long-term, it enhances employee engagement and retention.

But Your Job’s Not Done Yet…

If you’re patting yourself on the back for a job well done after making that fabulous hire, think again: your responsibilities are far from over just because the contract is signed. Onboarding employees is an integral part of effective recruiting strategies. Not only does a well-executed onboarding program create a welcoming environment for employees, it also enhances productivity and engagement.

It’s also important to continue to build relationships with candidates who didn’t make the cut this go-round. Even if a candidate is not the right fit for a particular position, he/she may be perfect for a future role. By offering feedback, you not only fulfill the implicit contract between employer and employee, you help grow your talent pool. 

The Times They Are A Changin’

In the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “the times, they are a changin.” Staying informed about the latest trends in recruiting technology and adjusting your strategic recruitment plan accordingly can help you gain a leading edge over the competition.

Successful recruitment begins and ends with a strategic plan. By viewing potential applicants as customers, you are not only more likely to make a positive impression as well as great hires, but also to build a better pipeline for your organization.

Contact WittyParrot today to learn more about implementing best practices for your strategic recruitment plan.

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