Although it may seem straightforward, there’s more to recruiting employees effectively and successfully than just sorting through resumes. It’s easy to hire someone to work for you, but it takes a bit more effort and strategy to find the best fit for your workplace. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best tips on how to recruit employees effectively.


Be aware of your competition

In Canada, you have immense competition when it comes to attracting top talent. Go ahead and research your local job market and pay attention to the compensation that people in your industry will be expecting. According to the LinkedIn Talent Trends 2014 Report, compensation and benefits is the number one motivator for professionals accepting a new job. At the very least, you have to make sure that you pay fair or even better than other companies in your space so that you can attract the best possible candidates.


Use benefits to your advantage

Just like being paid fairly, employees are always looking for great benefits in a potential employer. Job candidates should also be educated about the value of the benefits your organization offers, so that they can weigh this into their decision making process. Whether it’s flexible work, health living programs or a generous car allowance, every part of your employee experience should be packaged and ‘sold’ in your hiring process.


Let people know you are recruiting

Don’t just rely on job boards; one of the best ways to advertise that you are recruiting is through your company website, social media profiles, and email marketing. By letting current employees, industry connections, friends and the general public know that you are looking for talented people, you are casting a wider net in your efforts to attract candidates.


Make sure to check references

Do background checks on your shortlist of applicants, calling all references that they provide to you. Find out who they really are through their previous work experiences by talking to former supervisors, subordinates and team members. Take careful notes for each potential candidate so you can refer to it later in the hiring process. “Past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour” – this is one phrase you have to remember. You should hire the applicants that have demonstrated past success in similar capacities.


Keep these smart tips in mind on how to recruit employees effectively and you’ll have greater success in finding qualified candidates, hiring them, and retaining them. Need help finding the right type of talent for your job openings? Contact The Headhunters today to get started.