Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recruiting new employees - By Kaile Warren

As a business owner, do you know where and how to successfully recruit new workers? Businesses run ads, post online, hire headhunters, hire temp-to-hire workers and seek word of mouth efforts to aid their recruitment efforts.  While all of these are traditional and may-or-may not be successful, they are nevertheless worth trying. 

I am going to give you some advice on how to further refine who you are looking for, as well as where you are most likely to find the workers you want.

There are four basic types of people:

1.   Belongers- people who want/need to be part of a team or group and typically work in one place for a number of years.

2.   Socially responsible- these are people who go into careers and organizations that specifically work to improve the overall health, safety and welfare of mankind.

3.   Emulators- these are people that not only want to keep up with the Joneses, but want to be noticed by them as well.

4.   Achievers- these are people who set the pace for others to follow.

I believe everyone you know, including yourself, are predominately one of these types. Additionally, most people will be a cross between two of these groups.

When building a recruitment plan for your business, you may want to consider this information:
Say, for example, you decided you want your workers to be belongers and have a strong sense of social responsibility. You may want to direct your recruitment efforts towards military personnel. Military personal have that desire to be part of a group/team. They also have a strong sense of social responsibility, given that they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the general public. 

I wish I had 1000 words to expound on this topic even further, but you get my point. Develop a deep understanding of the qualities you want your staff to possess. This will not only help you build the culture you want, it will also help you refine your recruitment efforts. Also, knowing the people you hire helps you with what they need to further develop, and be retained.

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