Landing the Best. Five Ways to Woo Top Talent.

January 20th, 2012

Finding top talent for your organization can be a challenge. Hiring new employees can be a long process, and also a costly one. So, when you have spent the time and resources to find the right candidate, how can you make sure that candidate wants to join your team?

Dangle the carrot and top talent will come your way!

You may have to do a little wooing to land top-tier talent for your organization. The job market is competitive, but truly exemplary talent stands out from the pack, and they deserve your full attention. Here are five ways to land top talent:

  1. Present competitive salaries. It’s an undeniable truth. People like to get paid. It’s not all about the money, of course, but we’d be lying if we said it didn’t matter. You shouldn’t have to offer an outstanding amount (There aren’t too many businesses that can afford that anyway). But, be sure to research the positions for which you’re hiring and the average salaries in your area. That way, you’re prepared to offer a competitive salary, and you won’t put yourself out of the running from the start.
  2. Offer compelling benefits. Do you have regular teambuilders? Does your vending machine offer great snacks? These may seem like minor details, but job satisfaction and having a little fun are tied closely. If you’re unique and your employees like working for you – let prospective candidates know it!
  3. Clearly define the job. If you go out of your way to woo a candidate, but neglect to give a realistic idea of what the job entails, you are setting yourself up for a quick tenure. Be realistic about the job duties, challenges, and potential. That way, new hires won’t be taken aback by unrealistic expectations or a deviation from what was discussed during the hiring process. Give them a clear idea of what your job and company are all about, and you’re setting yourself up for a great partnership.
  4. Avoid major job boards. The most talented professionals aren’t scouring online job boards – they’re driving results for their current employers! Forget about spending countless dollars on big job boards, and focus on specific niche job boards. Or even better, partner with a staffing agency. They have access to professionals who aren’t actively seeking employment, and can find your future superstars.
  5. Offer flexible work arrangements. You don’t need the highest salary or the most robust benefits package when you offer flexible work arrangements. Whether it’s a work-from-home situation, or unique working hours, offer flexibility to your employees wherever possible. As more professionals try to juggle multiple responsibilities in their lives, flexibility on the job can offer the extra incentive needed to join a new company.

Olympic can do the wooing for you!

We work with top talent across Southern California and beyond, and we’ll find the professionals you need to take your business to the next level.