There will always be winners and losers in recruiting— it is the nature of competition. The cream of the crop is scooped up by savvy recruiters and fast-acting employers. The losers of the recruiting battle are left to squabble over the remaining talent. If your MSP business does not identify the top talent quickly, you will miss out on elite personnel. If you are even slightly suspicious your recruitment strategy is not working, it is time to review your methods.
How to Win the Recruiting Battle: Know Your Enemy
Though competing MSPs are not your sworn enemy in a war-like sense, they are your competition in the context of competitive capitalism. Study the competition, find out what they are offering the top candidates, and modify your recruitment strategies as appropriate. In particular, it will help to analyze the competitions’ job advertisements. Once you understand what is working for the competition, you will have a better sense of how to go about recruiting those superstar prospects.
Recruiting Competition is Distinct from Business Competition
Be proactive, search for the most qualified job seekers and show them how much your business desires their services. Seeking out candidates on your own display a genuine interest and proves your business needs and truly desires the individuals in question before the competition can beat you to the punch. Keep in mind you are recruiting against more than fellow MSPs. You are also recruiting against headhunters and other professional recruiters.
Recognize the Importance of Hiring Tools
Hiring tools make the candidate search process that much easier. Use the right hiring tools in a prudent manner and you will have a leg up on the competition. In particular, the strategic use of the web to find top-notch talent will help you woo the best candidates. Hiring software will also help. Such software provides access to the best job boards, guaranteeing your job ads reach as many people as possible.
Though you do not have to strictly rely on the web for recruiting, a total avoidance of the web will come back to haunt your MSP business simply because the competition is inclined to use online avenues for recruitment. Furthermore, dismissing the web as a recruitment tool will end up costing your business an abundance of time as well as money across posterity. Recruiting through offline networking, offline job ads and other methods outside of the internet is an egregiously inefficient process.
Perform an Honest Review of Your Recruitment Methods and Be Willing to Change
If your MSP business recruitment efforts have not connected you with top-tier talent, do not hesitate to make some changes. Analyze your recruitment strategies as detailed above, tweak or dramatically alter them as necessary and it will not be long until you win the recruiting competition.