On average, there are 250 resumes submitted to every open job listing that's posted online. With so many prospective candidates swimming in the job pool, it can be very difficult for any employer to sort through them all and find the best people to join their expanding staff.
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Businesses invest a lot of time and to recruit, hire, and train each new employee, but there are several steps and tips that can be followed to attract the very best candidates and convince them to stay put once they have signed on. Here are five ways to attract (and keep!) the best employees:
1. Let The World Know You're Hiring
If you want to attract a maximum number of prospects, you must find an effective and efficient way to expose your available job opportunities to the masses. One study showed that nearly 90% of businesses made plans in 2011 to use social media platforms to recruit qualified candidates. Currently, nearly 70% of employers use Facebook to garner information about their prospective candidates, according to RecruiterBox.com. To reach a maximum number of people in a minimum amount of time, post your job listing online through job boards, career websites, and social media profiles.
2. Proceed With Caution When Recruiting
As mentioned earlier, hundreds of applications and resumes are submitted to employers who are hiring. Proceed with a careful and watchful eye to find qualified candidates for the interview process. One study calculates that the average employer will only spend a maximum of seven seconds on a single resume before moving on to the next, according to Be Hiring.
Spend more time to get all of the information that you need from a candidate’s resume or application to determine whether or not they are the type of high-quality employee you want to hire. Remember, if you want superior employees to put in the time and do the work necessary to make your company successful, then you will need to put in the time and do the work necessary to find them.
3. Always Focus On The Power Of The Team
Only hire team players that are passionate about their work and excited about being able to contribute to your team. Hire employees who have the talent and skills required to get the job done but who also have the exemplary attitudes and personalities that make them pleasant to be around as they work.
Remember, the positivity of your employees will infectiously spread throughout the workplace, encouraging even your weakest links to become more engaged and excited about their jobs. If they express even the smallest degree of negativity, you need to strongly consider cutting ties with them during the recruitment process.
Don’t hire an employee who is placing too much of the spotlight on himself because this is the type of person who will quickly jump ship as soon as another opportunity comes along. On the other hand, find team players who are going to stick with you through thick and thin because of the commitment they made to themselves and to their teammates.
4. Discover What Excites Your Employees
Now that you’ve taken the steps required to attract and recruit all-star employees, there are several points that need to be considered to keep them on the payroll.
First, find out what excites and motivates them. Many employers make the mistake of thinking that all of their employees are excited by money, but this isn’t the case. Studies have confirmed that quite a few loyal employees are actually more excited about advancement opportunities, promotions, and other non-monetary incentives, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration
. After you discover what excites them, use this bait to keep your employees hooked.
5. Give Your Employees Regular Pay Raises
Regardless of how much fun your employees have when they clock in every day, if you were to stop paying them today, most of them would leave you tomorrow. At the end of the day, salaries mean a great deal to employees and to their families. Always make room in your company’s budget to give your employees regular pay raises. A series of studies confirmed that more than 50% of men and 42% of women claimed they would leave their jobs without any hesitation if another company offered more money, according to Catalyst.org. Even if you have to cut other overhead expenses, keep in mind that you will be investing in the life force and future health of your company.
From an outside perspective, it may seem easy to attract and retain employees. With the increasing unemployment rates within the United States, many employers make the mistake of believing that they don’t have to do very much to keep their employees on the payroll. The bottom line is that your employees can come and go as they please, but by following these steps, you will be able to find effective ways to hire great employees and make them want to stay.
This post was originally published at an earlier date.
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