Q2 is underway—is your business on track to meet its next set of hiring goals?
Whether you’re bringing on five new full-time employees, starting to utilize freelancers, or adding contract-to-hire positions to your workforce structure, it can be overwhelming to put together a strategic staffing plan to meet those goals.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go at it alone — the team at 4 Corner Resources has put together these quick tips for aligning your recruitment initiatives to meet your hiring goals this quarter!
Start with Your Business Objectives
A great starting point for developing a strategic staffing plan is reflecting on your organization’s business plan. This should include both short-term and long-term goals for the company, such as expanding into a different territory, launching a new product line, or improving your customer satisfaction scores.
What does this have to do with staffing? Your business goals are driven by your people — you can’t expand or dedicate more time to your customers if you don’t have the manpower to do so. Therefore, your hiring goals and strategy needs to be fully aligned with the company’s overall objectives.
Understand Where Your Current Workforce Stands
Before you can think about the future of your workforce, you need to understand where it currently stands and what gaps exist between where it is and where you want it to be. Look at the complete picture: what roles are already filled, what current positions are vacant, and what totally new positions might you need to add to meet those future business objectives?
Additionally, think about a succession plan: are there current high-performing staff members who could be moved up to leadership roles? If they are promoted, will you need to fill their previous position, or can their responsibilities be dispersed to other team members?
Identify Your Workforce Needs to Establish Hiring Goals
Now that you have a clear picture of what your business goals are, where your workforce currently stands, and any gaps between the two, it’s time to identify your specific staffing needs. For example, if your main goal is expanding your customer service department, how many employees do you need to bring on to meet the volume of calls you receive? What skills, experience, and personality traits should employees in those roles have? The answers to these questions will help you write the job description for open positions, determine a hiring budget, and prioritize what roles need to be filled first.
Then, Get Buy-In on Those Hiring Goals
Once you’ve set your hiring goals, it can be difficult to implement and carry out a strategic staffing plan if you don’t have buy-in from all key decision makers. Clearly outline and share your goals, the reasons behind them, and how you will achieve them with everyone involved in the hiring process before you go out and actually start recruiting. This includes timelines, budget, the amount of new hires you are looking to make, and how you plan on recruiting them. This will help to save you from any confusion or miscommunication later on in the process.
It’s Time to Start Recruiting!
You’ve reflected on your business objectives, established the hires you need to make to achieve them, and secured buy-in from key decision makers on those hiring goals. Now you’re ready to go out and actually start filling those positions! How?
Utilize Creative Recruitment Strategies
Posting a job description and then simply sitting back and waiting for the applicants to roll in is no longer enough to attract top-tier talent in today’s competitive job market. Turning to more creative recruitment strategies such as advertising the unique employee perks you offer, showing off your unique company culture to candidates, and hiring for potential over experience are just some of the ways you can attract highly-qualified candidates who are also a fit from a culture perspective.
Turn to the Professionals for Additional Support
If you don’t have the time or resources in-house to dedicate to meeting your hiring goals, it’s taking you too long to find and place the right candidates, or you’re experiencing high turnover, it may be time to turn to a professional staffing agency or a headhunter. Professional recruiters and headhunters can help you overcome your workforce planning issues — so, if you’re not even sure what your strategic staffing plan should be or you’re having a hard time sticking to the one you have created, they can help. Whether that means starting from scratch or adjusting the strategy you’re currently following, a professional staffing agency can help you form, stick to, and carry out a well-informed and strategic staffing plan.
Why Do Companies Hire Through Staffing Agencies?
- Reduced risk of new hire turnover when professional recruiters use their proven methods and expertise to place the right candidates in the role the first time around.
- Increased hiring speed with an expedited interview process so your new hire can start working towards actually achieving your business goals sooner.
- Greater access to top talent thanks to a professional recruiter’s vast network of both active and passive job seekers.
- Guidance in forming your hiring strategy and adjusting it according to current employment trends.
- Freed up time for your employees to focus on other high-return business ventures rather than tedious candidate sourcing and screening.
Meet Your Strategic Staffing Goals by Partnering with the Right Recruitment Agency
Partnering with the right professional recruiting agency or headhunter is your key to identifying the right strategic staffing goals and then meeting them. Working with a company like 4 Corner Resources (4CR) as part of your recruitment strategy frees up your time to focus on the “big picture” of your company’s core mission and business objectives while we handle front-end recruiting tasks such as sourcing and screening candidates.
The team at 4CR works hand-in-hand with our clients to uncover their deeper hiring needs and effectively fill their vacant positions. As part of our recruitment strategy, we keep a variety of factors in mind — your time frame, goals, and the cultural fit of each candidate — before placing them in your company.
To see how 4CR can help you form a strategic staffing plan and meet it by placing the best candidates with your business, contact our team experts today.
How to Recruit and Hire in Low Unemployment
Here’s your guide to help tackle hiring in this very competitive job market.