What is a Recruitment Strategy?
A recruitment strategy is the plan of action that an employer or agency has for the recruitment process. It is often put in place when an employer or agency is planning on hiring to fill a role or roles within a company. It should outline the employer’s hiring needs, timeline, goals, and recruitment tools to use in order to achieve those goals. A recruitment strategy may seem time consuming, but it is preferred to be used. It will save time and money in the long run, as it ensures a proper hire. Taking the time to carefully plan a recruitment strategy (and tweak it along the way as the business grows and molds itself and its needs) is crucial to optimal company growth. A well thought out recruitment strategy is a solid foundation that every business needs before hiring.
What should be included?
Every employer will have a different recruitment strategy, because hiring needs vary from company to company. A startup one will look different than one of a big corporation. However, that doesn’t mean that the startup shouldn’t have one in place! In fact, it may be even more important. Although the strategies will differ, there is a general guideline of what needs to be included:
- Hiring needs (open positions, benefits offered, budget, timeline, etc.)
- Roles of the hiring team’s members
- Recruitment tools
- Hiring Process Steps
- Key Performance Indicator
A recruitment strategy can and should be tweaked as the recruitment process moves along. Optimize your hiring process as your needs change, data becomes clearer, and talent pools start filling up. Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t, and craft a strategy that works for your company. A great way to do this is with an ATS (applicant tracking system). Try Recruitee for 18-days, risk free!