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The Process of Finding the Right Candidate for the Job

Date posted: June 19, 2013

There’s a surplus of people on the job market currently, however finding the right candidate to fill the position within your company for some seems bleak at best. Most companies are experiencing a surplus in applications, yet a decrease in qualified applicants. In part this is due to the fact that the unemployment rate is so high and there are too many people with their resumes out hoping to find work. In part it may also be due to the process you are using to find employees.

As an employer who is spending their time searching through piles of resumes, you may need to look at the current process you are using and adjust it to fit your needs. The process of finding the right candidate can be easy or it can be difficult. If you are stressed and ready to pull your hair out, consider this:

  1. Redefine Your Job Description: Having a job description is important – having a detailed and thorough job description is even more crucial. Think beyond 2 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree. Be specific as to what skill sets the “perfect” candidate should have and put them in the Job Description.
  2. Hire a Professional: Hiring an executive recruiting firm will save you time, money and stress. Professional recruiters meet with you, understand who you are looking for, then put together a solid strategy to help you find the right candidate. Tired of sifting through the piles and piles of resumes? Executive recruiting agencies do that too! They know what to look for and what to cross out when it comes to hiring. Working with a recruitment firm will save you time by finding the “right” employee faster.
  3. Advanced Targeting of Ads: Be specific in your Ads. This will minimize the number of unqualified applications you receive. Keep your Ad short and to the point of exactly who you are looking for.

As an HR professional you probably have thousands of items on your plate and hunting for a candidate is taking you away from crossing out your to-do-list of those items. It’s important to be involved in the process of hiring, however when it consumes your life it’s time to reach out to a professional.

Executive recruiting firms already has their process in place to find the best candidate for the position in the shortest amount of time possible.