Although you may have your ideal team put together and have a great dynamic going on around the office, you should always be on the lookout for potential new hires, should you find yourself in need of bringing on new talent.

In today’s business landscape, individuals stay an average of 4-5 years in a role. That means, positions are constantly becoming available, people are being promoted and the talent pool is rapidly changing. Likewise, you may realize someone on your team isn’t a good fit or can’t handle the growth your company is experiencing, and you need to make personnel changes quickly and efficiently. Therefore, you need to keep some possibilities in your back pocket at all times.

Below are three tips for staying in-the-know in the job market so you have the contacts you need when you need them.

  1. Leverage your network. Stay engaged on LinkedIn and involved in industry organizations so that you’re constantly meeting new people who could be future potential hires.
  2. Attend conferences relevant to your industry to create a list of industry experts who may be able to help you find professionals you need in a pinch. Immediately reach out to 3-4 of these people and begin developing rapport with them that could lead to a referral or hire down the road.
  3. Develop a relationship with a recruiter. Executive recruiters can help you find candidates who can be long-term solutions to your hiring needs. By engaging with a recruiter early on, they will have a better understanding of your business needs and goals, should you look to them when you need talent acquisition assistance.

Your company is only as strong as its people, and it’s critical to have the right people in place to drive success. By remaining active in the job market and keeping a pulse on the changing talent pool, you can set yourself up for success when you go to make your next hire.
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