Employees come and employees go even in the most successful businesses - that’s a fact of life.
For most employers it’s not easy to find new workers; competition for skill and talent is high. Looking to non-traditional labour pools will enable you to tap into a larger pool of potential employees and give you the extra advantage in attracting workers.
Building a workplace that respects and values the different backgrounds and perspectives of all your employees will also help attract new employees. Furthermore building diversity into the organization will help build and maintain the strength of your workforce. The strategies and tools you use to help you find workers can help or hinder your efforts to increase diversity in your workforce. It’s important to establish clear processes and policies that do not inadvertently create barriers to otherwise qualified candidates. The following are some tips and practical guidelines that will help.
Writing the Job Ad
As a starting point, your job posting should be based on an accurate and up-to-date job description.
CLICK HERE to download the job ad template which will help you to draft your job ad.
When drafting the job ad consider the following:
CLICK HERE to go to the NS HR Toolkit to find more “do’s” and “do not’s” for writing job ads.
Advertising the Job
Job vacancies should be widely circulated so that they can readily come to the attention of all persons. But remember, many of the people who have the skills and qualifications you are looking for may not check the places that you usually advertise. Job ads and postings that clearly describe the position and qualifications should be widely circulated so that they can readily come to the attention of all persons.
These are the traditional channels for recruiting new employees:
Your organization’s culture can be your greatest asset
As in any community word travels fast about a good thing. Building your reputation as an employer that values different backgrounds and talents and that respects and recognizes the different perspectives of all their employees will establish your organization as an employer of choice.
If your workforce is multilingual or multicultural, diverse workers will likely feel more comfortable about applying. Writing a values statement that includes the principles of diversity, and highlighting it in all your recruitment strategies, will help you get noticed and attract more applicants. See the Leadership Pillar for help in writing your Diversity Values Statement.
Let people inside and outside of your organization know about your workplace diversity strategy or about your diversity-friendly workplace culture. Ideas for doing this can be found in the Communication page.
BUILD A STRONG HIRING PRACTICES PILLAR FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION: