You filled a position! Congrats! But with the excitement of filling a position, there is also the understanding that you will be starting a new project shortly. Starting a new project can seem daunting at first, but it is all part of the job. A lot of long hours and hard work are needed to kick off the project strong. I personally love it. Learning about a new client, understanding the roles needed to be filled and talking to new candidates is all part of the fun.
But how do you generate a solid pipeline quickly and efficiently? Below are some tips and tricks to help jumpstart the new search process.
1. Use Your Network.
You are a recruiter, and you’ve done this before. Talk to your co-workers, reach out to your network, and, if your company has a CRM, use it! Reaching out to candidates who you or your co-workers already have a relationship with can help expedite the search process with great candidates. With all of these resources at your fingertips, chances are, you are connected to many people who can point you in the right direction.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Referrals
When someone declines your message, be sure to thank them for their time and ask if they know of anyone who might be a fit and actively looking. When someone is referred to a job from a colleague, they are more open to the conversation instead of being skeptical and ignoring a random message. Sometimes the right candidates come from the most unexpected places.
3. Use LinkedIn.
This one seems like a given, but it is amazing how many people do not use LinkedIn to its fullest potential. Start and tweak searches, look at what shared projects are available to you. In the age of social media, there is no reason to not use this resource if you have it. Many professionals are going to be on LinkedIn, and it is a great way to get connected to great candidates.
4. Post the job.
Posting your job wherever you can is a good way to generate interest quickly. You know the candidates are actively looking and you won’t have to spend hours on LinkedIn only to find uninterested candidates.
Starting a new project doesn’t have to be hard. If you know what resources you have, you already have a great place to start. So sit down and get your recruiting on!
Read these resources to help your recruiting projects:
- Best Practices: Managing a Successful Recruiting Project
- Everyday Recruiting Tips for the Everyday Recruiter
- Top 10 Rules for Successful Recruiting Projects
- 5 Things a Good Recruiter Should Know
- The 4 Best Ways to Evaluate a Candidate
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