As a business consultant and professional recruiter, I can’t tell you how many times I hear the words “we want the best talent” or “we value our people” from companies, yet when the time comes to put their money where their mouth is, they back pedal, settle and won’t invest in their people.
If you hire a recruiter and they find you exactly what you asked for, don’t skip out on the commission just to save a few bucks. You will pay for it in the long run because recruiters seek the absolute best fit for the role, company and culture. If you truly want the best person for the job, then be willing to pay relocation fees. This is pennies compared to the savings of having the right person in the right position. And if you say your people are important, show them! Provide trainings and what equipment or tools they need to excel, grow and develop their career.
It seems companies are skimping on the very aspects of their business they should be willing to pay top dollar for, and it will hurt their business. Word gets around, and you will see the reflection of your bad reputation not only on social media but by a lack of candidates. Saying something without the accompanied action is virtual signaling, and it has no place in the business world.
The pool of people willing to work has shrunk due to COVI-19. Many people are caught in the struggle of managing home-schooling/school work at home that they didn’t have to worry about before. This means less people are available to work, and we don’t know when this trend will end. You should want to offer and show your best side from the first point of contact all the way through the recruiting cycle. Why? Because this is your brand…your company reputation! How you treat candidates is telling—good, bad or ugly.
I’ve said this before, but post the salary on your job postings. Be upfront and honest from the get go. You are being interviewed just as much as you are interviewing them. Consider your job post YOUR resume! Give a range to allow from variables, but tell them up front what you pay. When you are cheap on the front end, you already give your potential employees a sour taste in their mouth. That’s one strike before they even enter your doors!
Again, if you aren’t willing to be open with your communication with the position then this may turn qualified candidates off. With the market shifting to work from home (WFH), you are now competing with the entire world!
Too many companies are expecting HR generalists to handle the complex and critical role of recruiting when they are overwhelmed, overloaded and overworked. This usually drives them to trust a program to sort through resumes for them, and this can have disastrous consequences because the best candidates won’t meet some ridiculous key word search. If your company is growing or if you have open positions, hire a recruiter! This is what we do, and we take the burden off the shoulders of the overworked, come along side you and find qualified candidates quickly.
Not all recruiters are alike, so do your homework. I take time on the front end to dive deeper into what you need and want so that we have laser focus on our search. I don’t like wasting anyone’s time, energy or money! I communicate to all parties and keep things moving along. No stalling or ghosting! I’m all about results, so give me a call. Let me help grow your business by finding the right people for your company and culture.