3 Tips To Diversifying Your Recruiting Efforts

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cynthia daniel.jpgBy: Cynthia Daniel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


As a recruiter, my goal is to locate the best qualified candidate for each position. Failure to do so may result in our member clients having employee nightmares for weeks, months or even years! While it would be very easy to rely on the same old methods of recruiting for each organization, using a variety of sources and tactics has proved invaluable to me as well as our clients!


3 ways to recruit the best candidates:


  • Pay attention to the role that you are recruiting. When recruiting for a new position it always helps to assess the situation. We know that if we are looking for our next Vice President, we probably won’t be able to look in the same place as we would for our Forklift Driver. Knowing where to look is key to finding that right person quickly!  Put differently, a targeted search can produce better results than just posting your positions everywhere.


  • Don't forget about your current employees. Your internal employees may be looking for developmental opportunities with your company, so don’t count them out just yet.  Know your workforce and who may be qualified for some of your open positions and get your managers involved if you need to as well.  Recruiting internally can cut costs, boost employee morale and productivity!


  • External recruiting, however, is still a great choice when you lack qualified internal employees.  There are many sources where you can pull from including local universities, unemployment offices, veteran’s offices, professional membership organizations, LinkedIn, college alumni offices, search firms, internet job banks, outplacement agencies, and many more. Yes, some of these outlets can be pricey, so know your budget and what you can afford.  But in turn, some are free or have minimal costs associated with them.


If you're using the same old tactic over and over again and it's not producing the candidates you want... maybe it's time to try something new. You must think differently and act differently to get different results. What are you doing to think differently and act differently about recruiting and hiring? If you aren’t thinking and acting differently, I can guarantee you that someone else is.


CAI’s recruiting team is dedicated to helping you with all of your recruiting needs.  We assist members with all aspects of the recruiting process from developing job specs to sourcing, screening, interviewing, assessing and also post-hire activities.  And you only pay for the services you use so it’s easy to plug us in as you need us.  Please feel free to contact our recruiting team directly at 336-899-1140 or cynthia.daniel@capital.org.