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We have definitely felt the market ramping back up after many of our customers, candidates, in-house and contract employees took much needed vacations. We typically see an increase in needs between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Did you know this is the longest period in the corporate world without a recognized holiday? Many organizations have elevated their strategic staffing plans and are proactive about communicating their upcoming needs, skill gaps, and critical projects with us. This open dialogue decreases our time to fill as well as the number of interviews to offer ratios. Long term success in matching competencies, culture, and career aspirations requires a partnership including a transparent people strategy.

In these times of basically full employment rates the organizations with the best people will win. Set yourself up to have a proactive recruiting and retention people strategy. Here are five steps I’d recommend pondering and discussing with your internal HR group as well as your trusted strategic staffing firm.

  1. Define your objectives (high potential employees – how will you develop and keep them?
  2. Assess your current situation (bench strength – what holes do you have?)
  3. Determine opportunities and limitations (internally and externally – are you self-aware?)
  4. Convert objectives into action plans (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound goals
  5. EXECUTE! (Ensure your budget aligns with the recruitment plan to attract and retain the traits, qualities, and criteria necessary to carry out objectives)

Communicate it to everyone so execution is aligned. The win-win-win hiring success formula begins and ends with open communication about the reality of workforce. Watch your internal referrals and retention rate increase while the outsourced talent adds more value than ever before. Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves and be more than a number.

Help us help you by sharing your succession planning, bench strength, demanded skill sets, and contingent workforce needs. We welcome the opportunity to learn more and to be a part of your strategic staffing solutions.

Chris Carlson
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has developed operational analyses, implemented programs /compensation plans, and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of their workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business, isolate top talent, and build teams is her passion. She has designed and executed many successful strategic marketing /recruiting plans and promotions. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the Managing Director of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance and Accounting, Information Systems, and Executive Leadership roles in all industries including; Healthcare Administration, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Commercial Services, and Manufacturing.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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