How to Improve Firms Recruiting Strategy

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Business owners and HR departments can find themselves inundated with tips and advice about how to recruit the right type of employees. The key to successfully finding the right employees may be based on a positive answer, so can you confidently say, yes our firm does have a recruiting strategy, and here is what it is. Don’t worry, this is not a test and we are not going to put you on the spot right here and now. However the intent of this blog is to help you understand that being able to honestly answer that question is important, and directly related to your success in hiring the right employees especially, information security, cybersecurity and physical security management professionals.

An article recently published on business.financialpost.com pretty much nailed it with their opening statement “You’re only as good as the people with whom you surround yourself.” The article, appropriately titled “Top 5 tips for attracting top performers to your business” proceeded to reveal their list of suggestions. There is one other strategy that has been talked about recently that is going to be elaborated here, because it has enough merits to warrant including it as part of your recruiting strategy, and we would love to hear what you think.

As part of your hiring process do you consider an applicant’s personal development plan? There is some truth to the belief that an individual’s PDP is based on many of the traits and characteristics that we formed when we were very young.  Our sense of values, awareness and priorities that were instilled as children will have a definite impact on how we develop our personal goals and blueprint for our future that include a reflection of our personality, characteristics and attitude that were nurtured throughout our younger developmental years.

According to Wikipedia,

“Personal development planning is the process of creating an action plan based on awareness, values, reflection, goal-setting and planning for personal development within the context of a career, education, relationship or for self-improvement.”

These types of plans frequently are formulated as part of educational planning to serve as a guide for progression to higher levels of education and are often incorporated into a resume that will serve as an indication of an individual’s goals, together with evidence of past experience and demonstrations of skills and abilities. The carefully thought out development plan that an individual has crafted speaks volumes to a potential employer making a statement about the aspirations, strengths, attitude and priorities regarding career plans and positioning as well as lifestyle attitudes.

So the PDP can serve as an indicator for the actions, responses and behavior of individuals, which in turn has a huge impact on our current society, our world, and where we are headed under the direction and actions those individuals who will become our future business and security leaders. It is important to take advantage of recognizing these things to identify and recruit the individuals that you want to participate on your team.

Simply contact us to help you learn how to use these types of things to recognize the drivers, the innovators and career ninjas that can help your business move forward. Join the conversation on Twitter with @recruiter4u to talk about your security recruiting strategy.

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