Hiring quality talent is difficult. There’s no doubt about that. After all, finding someone with the right expertise, attitude and personality to fit into your already established team is not an easy feat. But how do you go about changing this? More specifically, what steps do you need to take to find candidates suitable for your business?

It starts with a hiring strategy – and a detailed one at that. You see, if you really want to hire right the first time around, you need to have a plan in place to make that possible. But don’t panic. Here, we explore how you can kick-start your hiring strategy in 2021 and stand out from the competition.


Focus on acquiring skills

Too many times, hiring managers fail to hire the ideal candidate simply because of where they focus their attention. Start by evaluating your business needs, looking for any skills gaps. It’s no good looking at typical job descriptions and copying the information either.

Consider the specific skills you actually need for your business. Look at what you have, what you might need and what you will need in the future to set yourself up for success. It can also be useful to look at your current team’s personality and culture to determine who would really fit in. 


Engage with existing staff

Of course, the decision of who you hire is up to you but it’s worth getting the opinion of your existing staff. Even before you’ve started the hiring process, find out what skills/personality your current staff would like or believe you need. 

Not only will this show that you’re giving your employees a voice – and listening to it – but it’ll help them to feel involved in the process. After all, if they’re going to be working closely with the new candidate, it’s only fair to get their opinion. 


Understand who you’re looking for

Before your job post goes live, it’s important that you know exactly what the role entails. Wages, company benefits, working hours, holidays, among other things, will generally influence an applicant’s decision to pursue a position in your company. 

To really get this right, you need to know what other companies are offering and what people in your chosen market are looking for. With trends constantly changing, this can be tough to keep up with but if you want to position your company at the top, it pays to do so.


Examine your budget

We’ve all got caught up in wanting something, only to realise the cost is a little too high – and recruitment is no different. Before you begin the process, you’ll need to be aware of what you can and can’t afford. 

You might find that you simply haven’t got enough money to hire as many employees as you initially expected, or the level of expertise you wanted. Likewise, it may be that you don’t have the time or resources that your recruitment strategy deserves…  


How we can help 

With over 100 years of combined experience in food manufacturing recruitment, we understand what it takes to find and deliver candidates with the appropriate experience. Having worked with businesses of all sizes and recruited for the full supply chain – including development, commercial, operational, and technical – we know what makes a good hiring strategy. 

So, why not allow us to prove it? If you’re looking to hire fresh new talent from a reliable recruiter, get in touch today.