First Pick: Attracting the Best Talent

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Finding the right match for a position in your company is an essential task for any business to function effectively. While it is daunting to review hundreds of resumes and take dozens of interviews to find the best candidate for each individual role, there are some basic recruitment tips that can make the process smoother and more efficient. The experts at Mara Jobs reveal recruitment tips and tricks for employers to find the suitable employee in the easiest way:

  • Job Description– Your very first introduction to the employee is the job description and it is essential that you draft it in a way that attracts the right pool of candidates. Details such as job title, duties and required skills and qualifications are a pre-requisite for any good job description. Choose your words carefully and ensure that the role matches the job title.

Details such as salary and benefits are discretionary, but are a big part of any candidate’s decision to apply. If the package offered is higher than industry average, giving the range is likely to attract more applications and give you a wider variety. For companies offering lower than competitive salaries, it is advised to wait till the interview stage to start negotiations. However, not mentioning any figure can also discourage potential applicants, so the decision to reveal the salary must be taken after due consideration

  • Screening Applications: Once you’ve received the applications, one of the most tedious tasks begins- screening CVs. Naturally, every position has its own requirements due to which there is no ‘ideal resume’ to look for. However, while screening, employers should try not to be too strict, as it can reduce the talent pool considerably and limit options. After all, a CV, while a vital document, may not necessarily represent the profile adequately, and it is better to keep certain options open.

At the same time, being lenient and shortlisting a lot of candidates could waste time and resources on conducting interviews. It is always recommended, therefore, to maintain a ‘Maybe’ list in case the candidates shortlisted initially do not fulfill your requirements.

  • Process Planning: For each position, it is imperative to have a clear recruitment process This includes deciding the stages of filtration (eg. interview, group discussion etc), as well as the aim of each stage. Each stage must have a purpose and test certain skills or abilities. Introducing multiple rounds will simply be a drain on resources if conducted without a proper goal in mind.

Another consideration is the duration of the recruitment process. While it is understandable that you would like to evaluate your options carefully and not act in haste, processes that are too long drawn out tend to disenchant candidates and reduce their interest. While the process as a whole could span over several weeks, from the specification of role to the acceptance of offer, gathering the candidates and concluding interviews should be wrapped up in 3-4 weeks ideally.

  • Two-Way Process: Often, recruiters forget that while they size up the candidates, they are being judged as well. You need to make a good impression of your company and remember to listen to the candidate as well, to give them a fair opportunity to promote themselves. You must also try to structure the interview and ask the right questions that allow you assess the character and skills of the interviewee accurately.

Having a professional procedure helps create a good impression on candidates. A pleasant and efficient recruitment process is more likely to motivate an applicant to accept the offer, as well as reduces costs for the company.

In the end, there is no right way to go about this process, which is why it needs to be modified according to your individual needs. But following these simple recruitment tips for candidate is sure to make your process more effortless, and enable you to find the perfect match in an easy and efficient manner.

The Making of an Impressive Resume: Behind the Scenes

Writing a resume seems like a challenging task, and rightfully so. The impact it creates in the precious 20 seconds it is paid attention to, plays a huge role in your entire career. However, although it needs to be created carefully, the task can be made simple by keeping in mind the following few tips-

Before Writing a Resume:

• Put yourself in the employer’s position: Understand what a prospective employer would expect from an employee in the relevant position and focus on their needs rather than just your own

• Refer to the job posting: Being sure of what the company wants reduces chances of mismatch and also allows you to tailor your resume to highlight the relevant skills

• Use the right resume format: Structure is imperative in any resume and it is advisable to use a basic template that ensures you do not leave out anything important and also allows you to further customize your resume to suit individual needs of different jobs

• Prepare a rough draft: Before sitting down to writing the actual resume, it’s good to jot down points you wish to highlight according to the job position. This allows you to prioritize and be more organized while writing the actual resume

Best Resume Tips:

• Personal Details: Make sure to include your name, date of birth, address, telephone number and email address

• Personal Statement: A few lines to capture your essence by revealing your strengths, work experience, skills and personality. The statement should be concise but relevant, and should be enough to convince the employer to continue reading

• Work Experience: If you have extensive experience, try to list the experience that is relevant to the job so that you appear to be the right candidate for the job. Include basic details such as position, organization and duration, as well as a couple of lines regarding the responsibilities and skills

• Educational Qualifications: Usually, a tabular format is a neat and effective way to display your academic record. The section should contain details of the institute, certification, result and year of completion

For those with Limited Experience:

• Other interests: You can mention a hobbies, skills or other relevant information that adds value and strengthens your profile

• Live Projects: These can be included in work experience with the details mentioned briefly

• Awards and Achievements: Particularly relevant for graduates, any accomplishments can be mentioned to highlight either special skills or favorable personality traits

Proofreading, Formatting and Presentation Tips:

• Spellings and grammar: Proofreading for small errors is essential because these could give the impression of a careless attitude, apart from casting an aspersion on your communication skills which are being seen as increasingly important

• Fonts and sizes: Do not exceed 2 A4 size pages, no matter how much you want to write. Being able to present important information in a succinct manner is also an appreciated skill. Fonts like Arial, Times or Verdana look professional in sizes 9-12

• Bullets and structure: Neat and well organized resume’s tend to gain attention and give you the advantage you need to stand out. Long paragraphs must be avoided at all costs. Concise bulleted points are highly favored, so keep it simple and brief. It is also advised to use clear headings (in bold) to further emphasize the division of sections and make it appear orderly.