5 Tips on Attracting Talent to your Business

Attracting and retaining talent can be difficult, so we asked Rich Thomas, Co-Founder of Moxie People, a social housing recruitment agency based in Cardiff for some advice. Not only do Moxie have a wealth of experience in recruitment, they also have a huge heart and make a real difference within the local community, working the #MoxieWay.

Attracting and retaining talent can be difficult, so we asked Rich Thomas, Co-Founder of Moxie People, a social housing recruitment agency based in Cardiff for some advice. Not only do Moxie have a wealth of experience in recruitment, they also have a huge heart and make a real difference within the local community, working the #MoxieWay.  

Rich talks us through the key areas to focus on when recruiting and how to go about attracting the best talent.

1. Create a compelling brand

It’s hugely important that startups create a compelling brand that fosters trust in job seekers and encourages applications. You can start this process by drawing up a mission statement that outlines your purpose, goals, and values. In turn, outlining and defining who you want to be to your employees, job seekers and wider network.

2. Showcase your company culture

Startup culture is a huge advantage for a lot of jobseekers whether you are offering flexibility, growth opportunities or a chance to create something huge. It’s really important to demonstrate this throughout your employer branding and recruitment process.

3. Clearly understand your needs and what you offer

It’s really important that at the early stage of recruitment, you define the candidate persona. This is your opportunity to understand the skills you are looking for, the experience that falls in line with that but also, the values and attitudes of the people you are employing. During this stage, you can also outline how you are going to attract the best talent in terms of your strategy and where best to reach them.

4. Define your recruitment strategy

It’s really important as a startup to understand how you can stand out amongst the better-known employers. This comes down to ensuring that every piece of marketing material clearly defines the job role and offering. Remember to keep your careers page up to date and be clear about development opportunities.  

As well as this, think about how you can target the best talent in your industry. Is that through social media channels such as Linkedin or Instagram? Is it accessing talent through Universities or different education providers? Perhaps it’s through your exsisting network. Take the time to explore all options and define your strategy in order to attract and secure the right talent through the appropriate channels.

5. Don’t neglect onboarding

Onboarding is often a step that gets overlooked, but when done effectively, this can help new starters understand how they can succeed in their role. As part of the onboarding process, try to help new starters understand what you are trying to achieve as a business and the role they could play in achieving these goals.

Bonus tip! Hire for talent, train for skills

When assessing applicants, it’s important to consider their motivation, attitude, and communication style. Ultimately, attitude should out way skills and experience because you’re not just looking at the here and now, but for the long-term growth of your business.

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