New Year’s Resolutions for Recruiters: 2018 Edition

As the saying goes: another year older, another year wiser. Now that 2017 is drawing to a close, it’s time to put that saying into practice and commit to some New Year’s resolutions. The recruitment industry is dynamic, fast-paced, and constantly evolving – three traits you should be looking to embody yourself if you wish to be successful. Following on from last year’s resolutions, this year we have four tips to help kick off the new year.

1. Work smarter, not harder

Productivity is something we’re always striving for, in all walks of life. Sometimes it can feel as if there are simply not enough hours in the day to reach your targets. In these situations, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the pressure and work too long, too hard, and ultimately burn out. Therefore, this New Year’s resolution is simply about finding ways to reach the same outcomes in less time. Start by keeping a time log for a week: note down your activities, how long you spent on them, and details of disruptions and distractions. Once you have written evidence, it’s far easier to work out exactly where you can work smarter.

2. Respond to all candidates

Yep, you read that right – all candidates – no one said New Year’s resolutions were supposed to be easy! This point makes the list because it’s one of those things recruiters know they should be doing, yet the fast-paced world of recruiting has a habit of diverting attention. The core benefits of communicating with candidates, whether they’ve been successful or not, lie in promoting a positive image of your professionalism and not burning bridges unnecessarily. You never know when a candidate may crop up again, perhaps for a position they’re perfect for. If you’re struggling to keep to the resolution, though, try setting aside a specific time of day to respond or follow up with candidates. Schedules and routines are always good ideas for the new year!

Worried about not having time for rejected candidates? Here’s are some basic rules of thumb – 1) All applicants get emails to confirm applications and non-interviewee rejections. 2) Everyone who has had a phone, video, or in-person interview receives a call to let them they’ve been rejected along with one or two points of feedback.

3. Make diversity a priority

This year, it’s time to double down on your commitment to diversity. Taking inclusivity seriously is a basic responsibility for employers, from a moral perspective, but diversity in the workforce is also good for business. The benefits are too many to list here, but simply put, a greater mixture of genders and cultural backgrounds fosters a more innovative atmosphere, stemming from a melting pot of different perspectives. In terms of your approach to recruiting, there is always more that can be done to encourage this diversity. Among many other things, you could take steps towards this by reading resumes without names or photos, reviewing the wording of all communications (especially job adverts), and by identifying areas of your talent pool that are lacking diversity.

If you’re looking for tips on how to tackle diversity recruiting read this.

4. Expand your sourcing methods

As we move into 2018, it’s a good idea to evaluate your sourcing strategy and resolve to discover fresh ways of finding the best talent. Social sourcing is all the rage right now, so this is a good place to start, but it’s also well worth making the effort to think a little outside the box and try a new approach. If you haven’t done before, you could try focusing more on an employee referral scheme, for instance. Involving existing staff in the recruitment process by encouraging them to refer people they know is a great way of unearthing hidden talent. You could even incentivize employees with a bonus for each successful referral, which further helps establish the method as a reliable source of candidates.

Bonus Tip: Use Hello Talent!

We know, we know – this is something we say all the time, but Hello Talent is a great tool for sourcers and recruiters. If you haven’t tried it yet create your free account today!