How to Attract Top Talent

This article originally appeared on AndresManuelOlivaresMiranda.com on Feb. 5, 2018.

Being successful in business is all about the quality of the talent around you. While you can go a long way on sheer determination and your own skill, you can only go so far. When you want to attract top talent, it’s not always as easy as putting a “help wanted” sign in the window. Here are a few tips on how to attract the top talent in your industry.

Be Clear About What You Want

According to Forbes, it’s critical to be crystal clear about what you want in a new employee. One of the most frustrating things for talented individuals is to not know exactly what kind of job they’re applying for. The top talent is in high-demand and they don’t have a lot of free time to interview for jobs that don’t fit their skill set. Try to be as direct and clear as possible when you’re looking to fill a specific position. This will require you to take some time and get clear about what you want on the front end, before you ever write a job description.

Offer Telecommuting Positions

The workplace is changing thanks to technology. Because of technological advances, it’s easier than ever to get work done no matter where you are. Many of the most talented individuals in the workforce today love the idea of working from home at least a few days a week. It doesn’t have to be a full-time work at home job to attract top talent, however.

Get the Right Benefits

Offering the best benefits is an essential part of recruiting the best talent. There’s no reason for a talented employee to work for you when they can go down the street to a competitor that offers health insurance, dental, paid leave, and other benefits. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential employee and evaluate your benefits package. If it doesn’t stack up, add some necessary pieces.

Speak to Their Emotions

When trying to attract talent, speak to their emotions instead of just giving them statistics or facts. Try to convey what they’ll feel like when working with you, and sell them on the idea of being happy there.

Overall, it’s not always easy to get the people you want. If you’ll put in the work and approach it as an essential part of your business success, you can attract the talent you need to go to the next level.

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