There are many important factors to consider when you hire people for a business team, from building a diverse group to finding local individuals who can fill specialized positions. However, using hiring strategies that are out of date can hinder the hiring process. If you want to find the best local talent, fill positions more quickly, and streamline the way you process information about potential hires, there are a few strategies you can use to update the way you search for, interview, and hire people to fill open slots in your company.

1. Update Your Online Hiring Portal

If you cannot remember when you last updated the hiring portal software on your company website, it may be time to do so. Interested applicants who come to your site, only to be frustrated by software that does not show them all the jobs available or listings that have limited information are likely to log out and look elsewhere. As a result, you could miss out on hiring some highly talented individuals. Invest in some updated software or a web designer that can rebuild your hiring portal to make it both quick and efficient.

2. Increase Your Online Presence

If you are searching for up-and-coming talent, you are not likely to find it by placing ads in the newspaper. While a new study suggests that not every generation searches for jobs in the same manner, there is one common factor: they all perform at least some of their job searches online. This means that if you want to be visible to talented people, you may want to increase your company’s online presence.

There are several ways to make your company more visible to potential hires. First, ensure that your company has a consistent brand across the most popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use the company logo for the avatar on each so that people can be assured they are interacting with the right business. Create a business profile on LinkedIn and provide interested parties with as much information as possible about your company, as many people who perform job searches online may read reviews and other information about a business before applying.

3. Read Up On Relevant Degree Skill Sets

Being unaware of what present college degrees might prepare your potential hires for could cause you to shut out qualified individuals. Many of today’s higher education degrees have expanded to include the advent of technology. For example, if an individual lists a USC MMLIS degree on a resume, you might not realize that this degree prepares candidates for a variety of jobs outside a library and fosters necessary business skills such as how to be an effective leader, interpersonal communication, and working with a variety of technological processes.

4. Broaden Hiring Requirements

If you want to update your hiring strategies, consider broadening your company’s requirements when it comes to filling certain positions. Some prominent companies, such as Google, have eliminated G.P.A. requirements for applicants and hire based on fitting the individual to the job, and this is a model you might want to follow. While some education might be required for certain positions, requiring a fixed G.P.A. or other strict educational restrictions may cause you to isolate individuals whose talents far outweigh what might be reflected in their college transcripts.

5. Use Teamwork

When improving your hiring strategies, your current employees and department teams could be a valuable source of creative ideas. Include them in human resource meetings once or twice a month and ask them what kinds of ideas they might have when it comes to finding talented employees. You may be pleasantly surprised with what they have to offer.

Technology is constantly evolving, but changing how you find potential hires does not have to be difficult because of it. Using a variety of resources, combined with the human touch, should help you find individuals who are the perfect fit for your company.

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