How to Create an Effective Recruitment Strategy

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May 10, 2016

It's the halfway through the year and planning is in the air. For many talent acquisition leaders, this means setting the stage for what the recruitment strategy will be in 2018. If you are struggling with the planning process, let these expert tips on creating a recruitment strategy guide you to plentiful talent pools. 

For many companies, especially mid-sized and smaller companies, the struggle to plan and execute a cost-effective recruitment strategy is a real one. This is usually due to a lack one or more of the following: a structured recruiting process, access to hiring metrics, workforce planning or general resources; i.e. headcount.

Before you even put a pen to paper, have you stopped to evaluate the effectiveness of your current recruitment strategy? While it might seem a bit basic, it's a critical and often overlook first step for those tasked with talent acquisition and retention. 

That's because your future success hinders on the successes and failures of previous attempts. And while we all like remember the good times, it's important to identify those brilliant ideas that just didn't pan out. Not only does this improve the focus of your future recruitment efforts, but if well documented, serves a on-going playbook to those before and after your time with the company.


Expert Tips for Planning Your Next Recruitment Strategy 

As a workforce solutions provider, part of Yoh's service offering is recruitment strategy consultation. Whether it is remedying a certain aspect of the recruitment strategy or the full lifecycle from hiring to on-boarding, there is a systematic approach to mapping out this process. 

Start with data

Start with whatever data you have. How many jobs go unfilled? What is your recruiter to open positions ratio? What is your fill rate or time to fill? Get feedback from hiring managers, even if it’s just anecdotal. Figure out if you are drowning, just need some adjustments, or if you need to start from scratch.

Talk to your recruiters or partners

Get a sense for what’s working and what’s not. Be candid with them and ask them to be candid with you. Are you giving them what they need to be successful? How have things changed this year and what do they see for next year?

Talk to your executives about recruiting

Assess your company’s vision of recruiting. Ask executives about their perception of your recruiting efforts and recruiting costs. Are they satisfied with the results? Is recruiting a priority? Is it even on their radar? This will help you understand the type of executive support you will get for changes or investments.

Evaluate risk

Look at any areas where you have processes in place to ensure compliance. Do you have quick visibility into these types of processes and documentation? Is it hard to come by or even nonexistent? Is it clear who has responsibility for these processes?

Once you’ve gathered some of this information, prioritize where you need to focus your efforts. If you have no data or are worried about risk (or unsure where you have risk), these are two areas you can’t ignore.

It’s going to take more than one great idea or a single, static recruiting strategy to make a difference. You’ll likely have to leverage a few different strategies. Having those strategies ready now will put you ahead of the curve next year.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on the blog site represent those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company. Yoh is not responsible for the accuracy of any information supplied by guest writers. 
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