Great question – and one we hear a lot these days. We just returned from the Institute of Business Forecasting Leadership forum this week, and it was certainly a main topic of discussion within the talent track as well. Here are a few ideas that leaders suggested on attracting talent (particularly Millennials), as well as a few of our own suggestions:
- Breathe some fresh life into your job descriptions if they’ve gotten stale or are too general – Use action words and make sure it’s clear how the role impacts the larger business and interfaces with other departments. It’s also a good idea to talk about career track, even this early on.
- Speaking of Career Track: Talk about it from the first phone interview and throughout the process. Millennials in particular will want to know how fast they can move (think 12-24 months) into a different role. If there is a chance for candidates to move cross-functionally, even better.
- Make sure you are talking about the team’s successes and how people are recognized within the organization.
- Does your culture allow mistakes? Is conflict discussion welcomed? If so, talk about it. Change is hard, so make sure your candidates know they can falter, learn, and move on.
- Leadership offerings? Many candidates are looking for that first people-management role. If it is an individual contributor role, make sure you sell the influencing skills and opportunities to build those influencing muscles needed for any corporate role
- Think outside of Print—JDs are a necessity, but if you can have your team do a video about how great your organization is and how they have had a chance to grow or design an informative infographic about the role, it will certainly appeal to the new working generations.
- Visibility—Talk it up. Make sure potential candidates know about any and all visibility they will have to senior leadership, as well as to the organization as a whole.
- Impact—This is usually the number one reason people are interested in an opportunity, so your potential candidates need to know they will be more than a cog in the wheel. Make sure your interview team is in alignment and sends the right message.
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