The hiring process can be a tedious, costly, and time-consuming one, and it is no wonder why so many employers are seeking new ways to find their next star player for their team. Posting the traditional job vacancy online or offline for a hefty cost and having to waste time and valuable resources in sifting through hundreds of useless resume applications has begun to irritate even the most proactive of recruiters.
The time wasted conducting interviews is enormous for large companies, and with the validity of what a candidate says during an interview questionable, it is understandable why so many employers are taking a more unorthodox route to finding their next recruit.
Here are some effective ways of finding your next recruit without even looking for one:
#1 Industry Events – Attend industry events to network with likeminded professionals who have a genuine interest in the industry they work in; you never know, you might just find an exceptional new recruit!
#2 Social Gatherings – Potential employees can be found in the most unsuspecting of places; just because you are at a party, does not mean you should be closed minded about head hunting. If you meet an individual who you think would be perfect to work for you then don’t delay in inviting them to an interview.
#3 Company Parties – Oftentimes your staff will bring another likeminded professional as their ‘plus one’ because as we all know, company parties are rarely ‘fun’ for the husbands and wives who have no interest in what you do! You will find that you meet many interesting and potentially usable individuals at your company parties.
#4 Training Courses – You can assume all those attending training courses are eager to excel in their profession and develop new skills. These types of people make excellent employees as their dedication and commitment to their job is evident. Strike up a conversation with interesting individuals on your training courses to ascertain whether they are right for your company.
#5 Industry Seminars – Again, you will find likeminded professionals at industry seminars you attend so be vigilant and look out for quality candidates.
#6 Client Meetings – In client meetings, you could drop a few hints that you are on the lookout for new talented staff and if your clients know of anyone suitable, they will likely pass on the message and give you a candidate referral.
#7 Social Media – Oftentimes you can be engaged in an industry or work related discussion online and find that another individual has the same opinions and attitude as you. Quickly research this individual to ascertain who they work for and whether they are approachable. If they are, then send them a message to say you would be interested in speaking with them regarding a job vacancy.
#8 Trade Functions and Fairs – When attending trade functions, you will likely have people approach your table/stand to query about vacancies and developments your company is making. Take advantage of every opportunity you get to head hunt top professionals for your business. If they are at a trade fair that you are also at, it is likely that they have the relevant experience and skills you need.
#9 Speculative Applications – Take speculative resume applications seriously as it shows motivation, imitative and dedication by candidates who understand that there are no vacancies available but who nevertheless would like to be considered for a job with your business. These types of candidates a worth a few minutes of your time to ascertain how valuable they can be to your business.
#10 Referrals – If a current employee, client or business associate sends you a candidate referral you should set up an interview with the candidate. Referrals from individuals who know all about your business, company cultural, preferred employee characteristics and available vacancies will likely be worth your while meeting!