How do we develop profiles of "ideal" employees for each job? Not the usual job descriptions, which don't give us the precision we're looking for?
—Only the Best Please, manufacturing, Buffalo
How do I find a recruiter who specializes placing people in human resource and employee relations positions?
—Need ‘People’ People, recruitment consultant, professional services/consulting, Salem, Oregon.
What are the current trends for developing leaders in the retail industry? Because the industry no longer relies only on bricks-and-mortar stores, is recruiting/preparing leaders different than it was in the past?
—Keeping Up With the Times, trainer, retail, Naperville, Illinois
I am working for a company that doesn’t want to spend money on recruiting, but wants lots of warm bodies to interview. I have maxed out new résumés and posting jobs on free boards. How could we get more people interested?
—Make Something From Nothing, staffing and recruiting, energy, Boston
Would it help us build camaraderie and culture to create an inclusive “get-to-know-you sheet” to encourage our employees to develop stronger relationships? Honestly, our focus on culture is newfound. We know it’s important and want to develop tools that nurture it, yet some of our managers don’t fully appreciate how culture ties back to their responsibilities. Suggestions?
—Nervous Newbie, project manager, financial services, Cleveland, Ohio
Our recruiting methods are getting stale. We aren’t getting great results and it seems to be taking our recruiters more time to find qualified candidates. We rely on all the usual and time-tested methods to recruit, including traditional print ads and online job boards. It seems that the more options we have to post résumés, though, the harder it is to find standout candidates — people who genuinely jump off a résumé and say ‘Hire me.’ Makes me wonder if we are missing somewhere. Am I just venting or might we have a real problem with our recruiting strategy?
—Stuffy in Here, vice president of recruiting, services company, Union, New Jersey
We are considering outsourcing our entire staffing process to an outside vendor. How do we assess the advantages and disadvantages of this?
—Weighing the Pros and Cons, HRD specialist, government, Washington, D.C.