I discussed this in an earlier tip, but it’s worth another look.
Do you ever meet people that you think would be a great fit for your company?
If that happens, what do you do?
Well, no need to answer that last question because I have a great suggestion. And it’s very simple.
Keep a record of that person.
I am a big fan of the program Evernote. It’s a free service that lets you keep all kinds of records. You can write notes in a record. You can record an audio note in a record. You can save web pages in Evernote. You can save selections of a web page. You can save images, videos, etc.
It is a very capable program. And, as I said it’s free. They do have a paid version, but that’s only needed if you’re saving a huge number of records every month.
There is a Windows version, a Mac version and an App for the various smart phones and tablets.
You’d think this tip was a big commercial for Evernote, but let me get back to the subject of the tip.
Whenever you meet someone or hear of someone that you think might be a good asset for your company, make a record.
Include as much information as possible: name, phone, location, email address and any social media outlets they use: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
In addition to the above, record any observations you may have. If you heard about this person from someone else, indicate who that was and what their observations were.
When the day comes, you can return to these records and you may find someone you considered a pearl six months ago who is willing to come by and interview with you.
Another time to “always be hiring” are the times when you actually are hiring. That isn’t a play on words, I do have something in mind here. And it may be a bit arduous, but I’ll put it out there for you to consider.
Let’s say you’re hiring for position X and, after going through your hiring process with a number of people, you find and hire your ideal candidate.
That’s that, right?
Well, here’s the suggestion: interview the remaining candidates.
Establish a good relationship with each one in the hiring interview(s) and keep a record of each one for future positions.
Yes, that’s considerably more work, but I wanted to provide the suggestion as a way to build up your pool of future resources.
Well, there you have it. If you’re “always hiring” and keeping decent records of potential employees for down the road, you’ll likely find this makes hiring easier and easier as time goes along.
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