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Hiring and Recruiting

We often hear from clients that it's difficult in today's market to recruit and hire the right people for their team.  Whether you are looking for tips on hiring, unique ways to recruit, or systems for hiring  we often touch upon hiring and recruiting in our Business Owner Insights.  Below is a collection of articles we've covered over the years.

May 31, 2016

Last week we focused on internal solutions to capacity issues other than hiring. This week we're going to look at external solutions. 

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May 24, 2016

In the last few weeks, we've encouraged you to study your capacity and the division of work in your business. As we've noted, the knee-jerk reaction for many businesses when things start to get busy is to hire, but it's not always the only solution. Below are a few internal solutions that can sometimes prevent the need to hire.

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May 17, 2016

Last week, we asked you to start digging into why you think you need to hire by looking at the true problem.  This week, continue to get clarity around the problem your business has, which is capacity, by looking at the functions of your business by position.

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May 10, 2016

Quote:  "If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." - Albert Einstein

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May 3, 2016

Is it time to hire?  The question seems so simple to answer on the surface, especially if someone has just handed in their notice or worse, just quit on the spot. This month, we're going to challenge you to dig deeper into the hiring question. We're going to challenge you to view hiring decisions not just from the business' short term needs, but also from its long term strategic needs.

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August 26, 2014

When you're recruiting, especially in a Hiring Drought, there is a need to sell the position and your company. Just like in marketing, if you want leads for an open position you have to know how to attract them. However, there's a danger in over-selling the position. You can chase away good candidate or even worse end up with the wrong candidate if you get too caught up in selling the position. Here are a few tips to help you reach the right balance of selling the position.

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August 19, 2014

Quote: “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Steve Jobs Question: What lengths have you gone to in order to hire the best people for your business? Our Thoughts: In many businesses recruiting is a very...
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August 12, 2014

The E-Myth philosophy states that recruiting is a form of marketing and sales. You are selling not only the position, but the company to potential candidates. Last week we talked about brand and what sets you apart from other companies looking to hire. This week we'll focus on using that brand in strategy to generate candidates. In many companies, the generation of candidates comes down to posting a job ad in the paper, perhaps using the radio, and calling it a day. That can work, but these days when unemployment is once again shrinking you need a more assertive strategy. Here are a few things to consider when creating a strategy for generating candidates:

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August 5, 2014

August Spotlight: Is there a Hiring Drought?

We're hearing from many of our clients that it's increasingly difficult to find quality candidates for open positions. It's as if the winds have changed and instead of opening a mailbox to hundreds of resumes, as many did during the recession, there are now zero applicants. When hiring, it's easy to focus on things that you cannot control, like the economy, but this month we invite you to join us as we focus on what you can control.    


 Why Would Someone Want to Work For Your Company?


This week we have one simple question for you to consider when it comes to hiring: "What makes your company so special that candidates WANT to work for you?" You should always be able to answer this question, but in a candidate drought, it becomes even more important. You end up competing for candidates, which often leads to a salary or benefits war. In essence, your company becomes a commodity. There is no perceived difference between working for your company and company XYZ. The road to more qualified candidates starts with what you are offering.

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February 25, 2013

If you have been in business a few years you've probably have heard or even worse have your own hiring horror stories.  The truth is hiring can be a huge strain on your resources-money and time-but it doesn't have to be!  This month, we've looked at hiring from a big picture point of view in "The Next Great Employee" and recommended "5 Underused Resources for Finding Your Next Great Employee".  Today we are wrapping up our hiring topic with two products that will help you systemize your hiring process and help save you time and money when you are ready to hire. 

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