Human Resources mentor Rudy Karsan responds:
The following four suggestions apply, whether or not the labor market is tight. Even when the labor market is not as tight as it is now, talent is still very hard to recruit. Talented people always have options.

  • Pick your key positions. Identify key spots where you need a specific level of talent. Focus your resources on recruiting the best available people for those jobs.
  • Reevaluate your internal processes. Slow decision making turns off many candidates, especially in a tight labor market. Most organizations take too long to decide whether or not to make an offer. The tight labor market creates a competitive disadvantage for slower companies.
  • Sell the company vision. The power of the vision is instrumental in attracting top talent.
  • Make recruiting a priority. Recruiting talent should move to the top of the agenda for a company.