Build a team

In order to succeed, businesses must be able to recruit top talent and find the best and brightest in their fields. Below are a few different ways you can find your next star employees and stand out from the sea of employers trying to snag them.

Colleges. Find your top talent early–look for the potential in them by offering internships, and if they succeed at your company you’ll know you’ve found a great new hire once he or she joins the workforce. Internships are a great way to see how well a candidate works in the office culture, his or her communication habits, and more. Once you’ve found a bright, promising college student who has the right behaviors for your company, invite them on and train them for the skills they need to grow and succeed.

Network, network, network. For effective results, tap into your personal and professional networks to recruit candidates. Take advantage of industry contacts, association memberships, trade groups and social media as well. Common advice given to job seekers is to network as much as they can, but it goes both ways. Employers must also continue to network in order to keep an eye out for the best talent re-entering the job market (or even if they aren’t in the job market, perhaps you can make them a better offer).

Employee Referrals. One of the best sources of candidates is often referrals from current employees. Consider offering financial incentives to employees for each referral hired and reward them again once the new employee has been retained for 90 days or six months. Employee referrals are valuable because your employees already understand what it takes to succeed in the company. They understand the inner workings and the company culture–so they should also know what kind of person will do well.

How do you recruit top talent? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author: Jocelyn Pick