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Recruitment Strategies

Tips for Seeking Top Candidates

Professional Association Lists and Other Resources

Posting a job on a Professional Association's discussion list may be a good tactic to reach qualified applicants.

Discussion lists and intranets are created by associations, companies, and special interest groups to notify their members of meetings and events, exchange ideas, and discuss issues. The list may also be used by a professional group to post job openings for a particular vocation.

Professional associations usually have other methods of informing their members of job openings in their field, whether it is in their print publication, internet, or newsletter. You may want to check our resource list of some professional association web sites.

Contact your HR Representative before posting a position to a professional association web site or print media to make sure that their format and your wording meets EEO and other posting requirements.

Direct Mailings

You may also use mailings to advertise directly to a target audience, such as licensed nurses, social workers, trainers, etc. Use pictures, captivating phrases, and catchy visuals to grab your audience’s attention. You might choose to print on card stock and send out half-page size mailers as post cards to save postage costs.

You can often get a mailing list from a professional association, other network, or licensing board. Just be sure to get permission to use the addresses and delete any inappropriate mailings (such as mailing to other DHHS hospital employees that could be perceived as an attempt to "steal" their good employees.)

Show a draft to your HR Representative before mailing to make sure that your format and your wording meets EEO and other posting requirements.

Job Fairs

Job fairs and career fairs are usually day-long events where vendors or employers have booths with information about their organizations and a person available to discuss job opportunities with job seekers. Job fairs may be industry specific, like health care, or may be held on a college campus. Most job fairs charge a nominal fee to vendors for participation; job seekers may usually attend at no cost.

Consider bringing some staff other than HR representatives to accompany you at job fairs (such as program experts or experienced employees). At college career fairs, for example, DHHS employees who are alumni of that particular school can make a tremendous impact if they talk to current students about their positive experiences working for your organization.

For help in planning for college campus career fairs, there are a number of online resources. US News has an annual report ranking colleges and universities external link. From this site you can search majors and compare schools. external link can help you search for a specific college that has degrees or majors in a particular field. external linkallows a user to search for a college that has nursing majors.

Outplacement Resource Centers

These centers may be able to post your agency information or vacancy specifics for their clients:

Military Outplacement Services

The military offers job placement services to people exiting the military. You may want to advertise your openings through the many resources offered through the military to attract these well-qualified people. Contact your local military base or other regional military offices to find out how to advertise your positions. Transition Assistance Online external link is a web board designed to assist military personnel transitioning to a civilian job.

The military also offers support to spouses and family members. You may want to check with the family support services for each service branch.

Licensing and Certification Boards

You may be able to get lists of people holding current licenses from the appropriate Certification Licensing Boards related to your vacancies. You may then use the lists as resources for direct mailing (as well as credentials verification).

North Carolina Universities, Colleges, and Community Colleges

Colleges have career centers to assist their graduates obtain gainful employment. They welcome companies and agencies who have job vacancies! In addition to checking local colleges and universities, also inquire about out-of-state institutions to find graduates in the profession you are seeking. The schools may allow you to post jobs free of charge. You may want to check the list of web sites of the 16 colleges in the UNC system external link. Or go to a listing of North Carolina Community Colleges external link.

Rejected Applicants

An applicant who was not right for one position may be perfect for another. Keep lines of communication open with your fellow coworkers who may also have good applicants.

Other Employers

An applicant who is not right for the company down the street may be a perfect fit for your organization. Maintain networking relationships with colleagues and partner with people who employ similar types of staff.

Word of Mouth

Talk about your job whenever you can! You never know where a good applicant will turn up.

Senior Workers

Don't ignore the seniors! In the last two decades the number of Americans who are past retirement age and are still in the job market has risen by half according to the US Census Bureau. Research has shown that the performance of older workers is as good, if not better, than younger workers, with older workers tending to have better work attitudes as well. Ready NC Connect NC