You might be interested in knowing that 52% of recruiting teams are focused on finding higher-quality candidates. Keep this statistic in mind when you’re starting your recruitment process. A quality candidate is immeasurably more valuable than dozens of poor-quality candidates.
This is just one of many factors you’ll need to think about when rolling out a recruitment plan.
In the article below, you’ll find a list of the best ways to hire employees in the modern job market. Continue reading to learn more about creating a great employee recruitment program.
Think About What a Recruitment Plan Should Be
Your recruitment plan should start with some stated goals, intended outcomes, and objectives. Think about how many people you want to hire, when you want to hire them, and what type of qualifications you’re looking for.
You should also analyze your current situation to identify these goals. Look at quantitative data such as how many overtime hours your employees are working. You should also look at how much money you have in your budget.
When you're thinking about how to hire employees, you should also look at qualitative data. What is your team good at right now?
Where are your team’s skill gaps? What are your employees telling you that they need? Use all this qualitative and quantitative data to develop your recruitment plan.
Once you have your goals in place, think about strategies for accomplishing these goals. Write down a step-by-step plan for every phase of the recruitment cycle.
You’ll have to plan out how you’ll find candidates, whittle down the list, set up interviews, and more. Be sure to set specific dates for when each of these steps should be completed.
Tips for Developing a Recruitment Plan
Your organization may have an existing format for recruitment plans that you can use as a starting point. Don’t be afraid to make changes to the existing template if it doesn’t fit your current needs. It’s also important to be very specific with your plan.
As you’re rolling out your recruitment plan, think about answering one question; “Ultimately, what do we want to accomplish?” If you keep the focus on answering this question, you’ll ensure that your plan aligns with your organization’s needs.
Look at Recruitment Plans From Other Organizations
If you’re having trouble developing employee recruitment strategies, think about finding outside resources.
You can look at recruitment plans for other organizations to see how they hire staff. You may also be able to find sample recruitment plans from recruitment agencies that offer free resources online.
Think About the Best Times to Hire
Like many other industries, the education and childcare industry goes through seasonal hiring cycles. That means you’re more likely to find new staff during certain parts of the year.
One thing that’s different about the education and childcare industry is that most organizations get the bulk of their applications in June and July. Many other industries receive the majority of their applications at the beginning of the year.
When you’re developing your plan for how to hire staff. Consider the seasonality of the industry. You should do the majority of your recruiting push when application activity is at its highest.
However, that doesn’t mean you should stop recruiting during the other parts of the year. You may be able to have more success recruiting if you aren’t competing with other organizations in your industry.
Set Hiring Benchmark Metrics
Be sure to also pay attention to the number of applicants per job and the number of applicants per hire. These two numbers will tell you how many people are applying to your positions and how many applicants it takes to find the right hire.
Another metric to pay attention to is the average days to contact. You should be contacting applicants quickly.
Finally, monitor the average days to contact hire. This number will tell you how long it takes for someone to go from being an applicant to becoming an employee at your company.
How to Improve Your Hiring in 2023
One of your goals for your recruitment strategy should be to improve it over time. One way to improve your hiring plan is to develop a strong brand as an employer.
Be sure to create a “Careers” page on your website and use it to showcase your strengths as an employer. You should also analyze your competitors’ job postings and make sure your postings stand out from theirs.
This is important because 75% of candidates will research a company before filling out an application. Be sure to give candidates some good info to find during their research.
You can mention certain perks that are unique to your organization. Finally, remember to also develop a job marketing strategy that doesn’t rely on job boards.
You shouldn’t have to rely on tools like Indeed and ZipRecruiter to ensure candidates see your job posting.
Reviewing the Best Ways to Hire Employees
Now that you know about the best ways to hire employees, you’re ready to roll out your recruitment plan. Your hiring process is a key part of your organizational management strategy. If you need help managing your child care staffing, be sure to get in touch with the expert team at Early Learning Ventures.
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