Small business tends to be reactionary rather than proactive in their staff hiring decisions, with skills shortages expected to increase into 2011, here are three top tips to get on top of the recruitment process for next year.
1) So that you are not thinking short-term and getting caught on the hop, get your HR person or an external consultant to put together a two-year recruitment strategy of who you will need to hire by 2013 – divide it into required hires in the next 6, 12 and 24 months.
2) Strengthen the relationship with your key recruitment agencies as there will be greater demand and competition for the best candidates.
3) Build your network of contacts and make use of online resources such as LinkedIn. Set up a system to indentify key talent in your market, with the help of a HR or recruitment search partner. Linked In is an increasingly useful way to source people within certain industries, job titles and geographies, but remember it’s a tool, not a replacement for tried and tested ways of building key relationships and contacts.