Think You Know Your Stuff? 3 Tips for Hiring

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Is your business expanding? Needing more hands on deck? Looking for ways to woo the best employees? Needing some extra oomph in your HR? Lots of businesses are frequently looking to hire new talent, which means they’re constantly hiring. You’d think with all that practice, most businesses would get good at it, right? Well, there’s a lot that most companies can improve on when it comes to hiring and HR. Here are three tips for the best in hiring:

• Cast a wide net, but also focus tightly. These might sound contradictory, and they are, but they also work in complement to each other. By getting the word out in as many places as possible, you’ll ensure that you have a wide pool of applicants to choose from—quantity. But by focusing tightly on one industry, venue, or sector, you can make sure that you have good candidates—quality.

• Know exactly what you need. If you have a fuzzy idea of what the job entails, including compensation, job description, or responsibilities, odds are that you’re going to end up with an employee that doesn’t fit. This requires preparation, research, and sometimes some soul-searching. But it’ll pay off when you can tell applicants exactly what the job is.

• Switch to an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This could be the single greatest change in hiring that could save your company time and money. With an ATS, you can get your message out to a wider audience (including the most advanced, mobile-optimized job seekers) and customize your hiring and application process. Then, collaborate on, comment on, and track your applications—all without the hassle and expense of traditional HR practices. It’s the easiest way from “Help Wanted” to “You’re Hired.”