It’s impossible to overstate the importance of staffing to any business—big or small. Without workers, a company can’t amount to anything. With this in mind, it’s crucial that you hire the perfect candidates to fill any openings you might have. You could always consider hiring a staffing agency to do this for you. But if you choose to do your recruiting yourself, be sure to avoid these common staffing mistakes.
Inaccurate Job Descriptions
A job description is one of the best tools that recruiters have. Far too often, employers paint an inaccurate or otherwise insufficient description of the position. A good job description is more than just a list of day-to-day duties. Consider advertising qualities that make an ideal candidate. Incentivize potential employees with benefits. But, above all, ensure that the job description is accurate. Don’t oversell the position. If you do, new hires may be disappointed and end up leaving prematurely.
It’s exceedingly rare to find the truly perfect candidate. During the recruitment process, you may build up an ideal picture in your mind of who the new hire should be. But this ‘perfect’ person just might not exist. You may never find someone who meets your advertised requirements perfectly, but don’t let this hold you back from hiring a candidate who meets most of them. Remember: new skills can be learned.
Unconscious bias is one of the pitfalls of recruitment. You may feel as though you are open to individuals of all backgrounds, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you truly are. A staffing agency will go to great lengths to reduce the likelihood of accidental discrimination. Consider going to some of these lengths yourself. Try setting diversity goals to open up your workforce to encompass as diverse a group of people as possible. Standardizing interviews, too, has been shown to reduce unconscious bias.
Using Unreputable Sources
A good staffing agency will know which sources are the best to look for workers to recruit. In this day and age, it can be overwhelming just how many resume circulation services there are. Finding a qualifies worker can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Generally speaking, you will want to stick to the more reputable sites because those will attract workers of the highest quality.
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