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Yes! Creating and nurturing a recruitment strategy will help you to manage expectations for your hiring managers; protect your company brand and increase your ability to attract and retain the best talent.  A recruitment strategy outlines in a clear format what roles you will recruit for, when, why and how.  It is aligned with your overall company objectives and budgets.  In fact, the key components to a solid recruitment strategy are not unlike the criteria for a S.M.A.R.T. goal.   They’re Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. 

 

First and foremost you need to do an appraisal on your employer brand.  Identify your vision, your WHY and own it.  This way you can ensure your messaging is attracting the right audience. Utilize social media to your benefit.  Job seekers are resourceful and they will be looking for insight into the kind of company you are and whether or not the organization could be a fit alongside their own morals, beliefs and ambitions.  

 

Next, determine your plans for growth.  If your company is scaling, what roles do you need to hire for now?  Moreover, which roles will have the biggest ROI from an increased headcount? When you’re unsure of how many employees you’ll need; you can hire temporary staff to help you expand quickly and with minimal risk.  But be mindful of inherent risk associated with contract labor and consider partnering with a reputable third party vendor like itec group.  Most importantly, know your culture and be transparent with potential hires; you know what they say about one bad apple. 

 

Perform an audit on your department or division based on skill sets.  Where are you lacking?  What skill could you add to your arsenal that could be a turning point for your organization?   Be sure to integrate your diversity and inclusion program into your recruitment strategy.  Always be evolving, always be looking for ways to innovate, improve and be better than you were yesterday. 

 

Incorporate a level of flexibility into your plan and be willing to adapt to changing situations as they arise.  Your recruitment plan should be tactical but fluid when necessary.  Decide in advance what aspects of your plan are to be protected and what areas are more dynamic.   Know your competition and be sure your plan will highlight the key differentiators for your organization. 

 

Overall the key to your success is having great people.  However, it is with consistent action on the strategic objectives for the current and future demands of the business that will allow you to cultivate the teams you dream of.    

 

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Happy Anniversary to the itec group team!

 

A decade of relationships

A decade?  Really? It’s incredible to me that this August marks the 10th anniversary of itec group and I am filled with both pride and gratitude! When I launched this business in 2010, I had no idea we’d be here today.  But here we are. We made it to this milestone because of the incredible relationships (employee, customer and candidate) we’ve fostered over the years and that we continue to cherish - without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today.  Don’t get me wrong, our success hasn’t come without struggle, winning as an entrepreneur means embracing the good times and the bad - facing both head on with tenacity and resilience.  No one can accomplish this on their own.  We have been fortunate enough to have a wealth of friendships and partnerships that have allowed us to get to this moment and they will continue to be a driving force in the next 10 years of our business. 

 

Continuing to evolve

As a company we have learned so much over the last 10 years and have continued to advance recruitment with an elevated experience that is unparalleled in the industry.  I don’t have all the answers nor do I claim to know everything about business but these few thoughts/quotes sure ring true in my experience. 

 

  • Coffee is always a good idea. ~ anonymous
  • Always go the extra mile, it’s never crowded. ~ anonymous
  • There is no substitute for hard work.  ~ Thomas Edison
  • The customer’s perspective is your reality. ~ Kate Zabriskie
  • Promise yourself today to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.  ~ Christian Larson
  • It really does take a community to build a small business.  

 

It’s time to celebrate

2020 has certainly been an unprecedented time and it’s hard to celebrate when there are so many people struggling.  We are all so busy and we often forget to stop and celebrate the good stuff that happens everyday. As we celebrate 10 years of business and 10 years of incredible partnerships we together celebrate all small businesses and wish each of you success. We know the daily determination and grit required and we celebrate you too. 

 

To those of you who we’ve worked with – thank you for being an essential part of our success!  And to those who we have yet to work with – we look forward to it and can’t wait to connect.  Let me leave you with this one last thought in these challenging times - please support local businesses whenever you can - this is the spirit of our community and this is what allows us all to rise above.

 

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