With Skilled talent shortages looming, here are a few tips for businesses that want to stay ahead of the hiring game.

Hiring strategies that worked well a few years ago may no longer be effective. Smart businesses are retooling their recruiting practices to feed the talent pipeline

Here are a few ways to retool those hiring practices, and keep your talent pipeline flowing.

1.) Career progression 

Management should formulate HR Strategies in such a manner that there should be career progression for down the line staff. It means that if an employee leaves the organization, a team member should be identified through proper assessment center for career progression.

 2.) Re-examine your hiring criteria.

Unless you’re hiring for professional roles like accountancy or law, don’t get too caught up in what the candidate studied in school. Likewise, be open-minded about the specifics of a job candidate’s experience. Identify must-have attributes and skills that can be taught on the job. Develop a strong onboarding program to help new employees get up to speed quickly and learn your company’s systems and processes.

  1. 3.) Ramp up active recruitment.

Long gone are the days when you can advertise a job opening and wait for skilled professionals to apply. Keep your eyes and ears open. No matter what type of event you are at, be ready to describe your company’s exciting job opportunities. Leverage social media and your existing employee base to build up your employer brand.

4.) Open your mind to new ways of working

The gig economy is here, and with it, and new open-mindedness from candidates towards a contract, freelance and project work. This flexibility enables you to tap into a broader employee base (especially if you’re also open to remote workers from other countries), and also means your organization can be agile in responding to market changes.

5.)  Encourage employee referrals

     Ask employees if they know people who would be good additions to the team, as your staff is more likely to refer candidates who they think will be a good fit. Implementing an employee referral program can also be a powerful recruiting tool.

  1. 6.) Look to the future.

Consider working with schools and higher education institutions to institute training programs, work shadowing initiatives, and internships. These are the young people who will be joining the workforce in a few years, and if they find the experience with your company and industry to be positive and productive, they will very likely look to join up once they’re out of school. The best example in India is working with institute setup through NSDC.

7.) Incorporate Personality Assessment 

A candidate’s experience and past performance are important to explore during the hiring process, but they don’t tell the whole story. Companies should hire for organization culture fit and personality assessments are great tools for getting a more holistic understanding of how potential employees fit into the cultural fabric of a company. Personality assessments, on the other hand, will give you a better idea of a candidate’s social skills. For example, a more upbeat person may have been better at handling clients, while quieter people may need to be placed in behind-the-scenes roles

In recent time with adopting some of the above smart hiring techniques organization can reduce there hiring cost and also able align organizational objective with the employee’s talent.