Proactive recruiting involves knowing what jobs are most valuable to your bottom line and having a plan to fill vacancies or newly created roles. Companies that wait until someone quits or until a new project is on the table, run the risk of hiring unqualified employees in order to fill the seat immediately. Turn your reactive hiring methods into a proactive strategy by following these three steps:
1. Plan for the next open position: Anticipate future needs and define position requirements in advance.
2. Develop a hiring process: Know exactly how you will conduct your search. If using 3rd party firms, have your strategy and agreements prepared in advance.
3. Just-In-Time (JIT) Recruiting: Develop a pre-qualified candidate database. A good rule of thumb is to “always be looking.”