Many companies want to grow their talent networks this year. However, pulling it off may seem particularly difficult with labor shortages and skill gaps. Employers may not know where to look to find the candidates they’ll need to thrive, making it harder to remain competitive.
Fortunately, there are some reliable ways to grow your talent network. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are three options that can make good additions to any recruitment strategy.
1. Request Employee Referrals
One of the simplest ways to cultivate a talent network is by requesting referrals from employees. Each of your workers has its network. By creating a simple way to refer candidates to open positions, you can tap those resources, expanding your talent pipeline.
Plus, referred candidates are often more likely to succeed. Your employees understand what it takes to thrive at the company. Additionally, they aren’t inclined to refer someone who doesn’t reflect well on them. As a result, the talent you learn about is often high caliber and well-suited for the role and your workplace.
Consider creating a web portal where employees can submit details on referred candidates. That way, they can choose the job they feel is an excellent match for the candidate and send in the information, keeping everything organized.
You could also create an email address specifically for referrals. If you use one for all referrals, outline a process that employees can follow. For example, you may want to create an official email subject structure, ensuring that the position name or number is visible with every submission.
2. Engage with Second-Place Candidates
One resource that many companies overlook is their talent database. Often, candidates that just barely missed out on an opportunity can be an asset; you need to re-engage with them to get them back into your network.
When an opening comes along, that aligns with a second-place candidate’s skills, reach out directly. Let them know that you’d love to see their application and, if they aren’t available, let them know that a referral would be welcome.
Using that approach, you can keep the door open with a job seeker who was nearly the top choice. Plus, it can become a new source of referrals, giving you access to fresh talent from someone who has previously expressed interest in your company.
3. Partner with The Advance Group
Growing your talent network doesn’t have to be a challenge. By partnering with The Advance Group, you can get immediate access to a robust candidate pipeline brimming with talent. Our team works diligently to cultivate a reliable source of high-quality professionals. Plus, we aim to keep active and passive job seekers engaged by boosting the candidate experience, making it easier to access hard-to-find skills quickly for our clients.
No matter what kind of role you need to fill, The Advance Group can simplify your recruitment process by giving you quick access to a dependable talent pipeline. If you’re ready to learn more about our approach, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us to speak with one of our recruitment specialists today.