An inc.com user asks:
Help! We need to develop a good hiring plan so that we can start hiring quickly. Any advice?
Leadership & Strategy mentor Keith Lamb responds:
Hiring talented employees -- and hanging onto them -- is key to meeting your business goals, maintaining your competitive advantage, and keeping your company healthy. Given today' s tight labor market, companies seem to be moving away from traditional hiring strategies in favor of more creative approaches. Whatever your approach, just be sure that your strategy reflects your business' s unique values and challenges.
To develop a great hiring plan, you need to focus on the following five strategic areas. Start by sketching some attainable goals, guidelines, and action plans under each.
As your hiring plan takes shape -- and it will take a few drafts -- you' ll need to develop some programs to support your overall strategy and ensure that your hiring goals are met. For instance, one worthy goal is to identify a few good " renewable" sources of talent -- that is, places you can turn to again and again for job candidates. Depending on your goals and budget, you might recruit on college campuses, hold open houses, buy a booth at a career fair, redesign the " hot jobs" section of your Web site, post job openings internally, or proactively mine your employee referral program. You just need to come up with the right combination for your company.
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