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When is the Right Time to Start Looking for Candidates?

July 8th, 2011

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There’s a right time and a wrong time to start seeking candidates to fill key positions within your organization. While each business has different needs and roles to be filled, there are ways to be prepared for peak growth initiatives. Knowing when to start looking for new people can ensure you have access to a quality pool of candidates when you need them the most.

The issue with many companies is that they start looking for applicants only when a current employee gives their resignation notice. This generally does not give enough time for the human resource department to find a good replacement. Being in this position can cause a whole range of problems, which can lead to failure. The worst case scenario is making a bad hire out of desperation.

To avoid this type of situation, it’s always better to collect applications from career seekers throughout the year. Carefully screen all resumes for skill-sets that your company needs to fill positions, should they become available. Conduct telephone interviews with the best candidates and keep their information in organized files for times when you need to fill a critical assignment.

Searching for quality candidates should be an ongoing process, particularly for jobs that have a typically high turnover rate. These are usually entry level positions such as customer service, general labor and administrative roles within your organization. Keep a rolling file of fresh candidates who meet the requirements of each job type, so you have a pool of eligible folks handy at all times.

A great way to keep your candidate queue full is by hosting a seasonal career fair for your company. This can be accomplished by participating with local recruitment agencies or nearby colleges and universities. Quality candidates, who are searching for new career opportunities will be readily available through these sources, making it easier for you to find highly qualified individuals.

The right time to search for job candidates is all the time. This should be a continual process, so that your company can maintain its workforce with skilled candidates. By being proactive in your company hiring activities, your company will be able to meet the demands of the industry and maintain high standards as the company grows.

 

Be sure to contact The Concorde Group for support when seeking quality job candidates for your company this year!  Visit our employers’ resource center and find out how Concorde Personnel can help you achieve your business objectives.  http://www.concordepersonnel.com/employers

 

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