According to a recently released report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in the U.S. broke 5 million for the first time since January 2001. While this is great news for those who have been out of work, recent graduates and individuals who have been wanting a new opportunity, it also means an increased workload for HR professionals at companies who are looking to ramp up their hiring efforts this year! Recruiting and hiring can take a lot of time and energy, but there are best practices and tools that can help ensure you attract and hire the best candidates while also streamlining the process.

Best Practices for Attracting, Identify & Hiring Top Talent

Use reliable and proven sources for finding candidates – it is important to know and use the sources that have been the most effective in attracting candidates that turn into productive and successful employees; perhaps you have a recruiter who has done an outstanding job finding successful hires or you have had great luck through social media or employee referrals…whatever it is, you need to understand what works

Create critical selection criteria for each position – develop a list of the top 4 – 5 skills or knowledge a candidate must possess; this will help limit the number of unqualified candidates that make their way to the hiring manager

Get back to applicants in a timely manner – for the past few years, employers have enjoyed a flooded applicant market, making it less important (or so it seemed) to make a quick offer to a qualified applicant. Now, the tables are turning and there will be a lot of competition for the best and brightest. Don’t miss out on your next CEO because of poor communication; make sure the candidate you want knows it.

Let technology be your admin – by automating many of the administrative processes associated with recruiting, hiring and onboarding, you can focus your time and energy on the “people” processes such as interviewing, assisting hiring managers and helping new hires feel engaged from day one. You will even have time to pull data and analyze which of your talent acquisition processes are working and where you might have some room for improvement!

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If you’re among the growing number of employers looking to do some hiring and you haven’t already put some best practices in place, consider starting with the ones above. And be sure to watch this brief video, featuring PeopleStrategy’s Solution Consultant, Cindy Hollowell, on why automating your talent acquisition processes is more important than ever,