From Reactive to Proactive: How to Rethink Your Hiring Strategy

Currently, your company is operating on a reactive hiring strategy, but that probably isn’t working too well. Waiting to start searching for talent until there’s an opening on your roster promises you’ll either be left shorthanded until you’re able to find the perfect fit or forces you to hire a subpar candidate just to fill the gap. Clearly, it’s time to institute some major changes.

It’s time to make the shift from a reactive hiring strategy to a proactive approach once and for all. Use these tips to begin the transition:

  1. Plan for the Future

A reactive hiring strategy focuses on short-term fixes, while a proactive plan centers on long-term goals. Figure out where you want your company to be one, two and even five years from now, and use this to plan your hiring needs. For example, if you want to double your client list in the next two years, you might need to hire more sales staff.

  1. Define Your Ideal Candidate

Whether you’re filling an existing position or creating a new one, things are often crazy busy when it’s time to hire a new employee. Simplify the task by going through every position on your lineup and determining what you want in the perfect candidate. This gives you an excellent guideline to reference when it’s time to add a new person to the team.

  1. Never Stop Recruiting

Proactive managers are always searching for potential hires, and you need to adopt this strategy. Whether you simply accept resumes on an ongoing basis or hire outstanding passive candidates when the opportunity arises largely depends on your budget; just make sure you’re not limiting the search process to when you need someone immediately.

  1. Work With a Staffing Firm

Working with a staffing partner is an easy way to develop a passive hiring strategy because they’ll take the lead. Your recruiter will work with you to learn more about your company and where you’re headed, then start searching for candidates that fit the profile of your perfect hire. They’ll vet the candidates and create a talent pool you can access when you’re ready to fill an open position — it’s that simple.

Partner with Sparks Group to change your hiring strategy for the better. We’re here to help make your company more productive, efficient and ready to take on anything the future has in store. Contact us today to learn more about our recruiting services in the Washington D.C. area.

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