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Apartment Communities CAN Hire the Best Job Searchers, and Here’s How!

Attracting top talent to your company is a must for success, no matter what industry you are in. Many times, hiring managers in apartment communities feel the frustration of not having the right pool of talent to hire from. However, there are ways to attract the top talent among job searchers from multiple industries to secure your next ace on your team.

It all starts with the job post. The job posting is the “window” that job searchers are looking at your company through and you want to make sure the view inside is attractive to them. Below are a few ways to accomplish this:

Make the Job Title Appealing to Multiple Job Searchers

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Pigeonholing your job posting can cut out a wide sector of attractive job searchers. A job opening listed as “Leasing Consultant” is likely to get scrolled past by those that are not specifically looking for that position. A better way to search for a candidate would be with the title “Leasing Consultant Who Loves Improving Communities”.

A job searcher that comes from a philanthropic background or who is looking to sign on with a company with a wider mission (link to millennials post) would stop to at least read the job description. You have effectively put yourself in front of a whole new demographic of job searchers.

Make Your Job Description Accurate AND Interesting

Many times a job description can be a mundane task for lower-level positions and hiring managers put something simple out there without much thought. Before seeking candidates, ask yourself these essential questions:

1. What specifically needs to be done?

2. How will success be measured? People want to know they are going to be a top employee if they strive for success.

3. Why would the right person want this job? What does your company offer that others may not?

4. What are the common attributes of your top performers? Define the hard skills, soft skills and personality that your top people share. This may require interviews with current employees.

After doing your research, write a job description that focuses on hard skills, soft skills, what you would be willing to train, what your company will offer in return, and how the employee will be measured for success.

A job description that focuses on these attributes will be welcoming to someone that was not specifically looking for your advertised position, but knows they would be able to succeed if they were to be hired for it.

Treat Candidates Like Potential Residents

When hiring for a new position it is very easy to treat applicants like faceless resumes you have to accept or discard. This can be harmful to your company for multiple reasons.

The top reason being that applicants have friends and family members that might be a better fit for your company culture. If they had a great experience with you, they are likely to tell them about your opportunity if it didn’t work out for them. At the very least you might get a resident referral!

Make sure that everyone who applies is given a genuinely fair shot at being considered, and that he or she receives follow-up and CLOSURE regardless of the outcome. The goal for each phone and in-person interview is to have the person enthusiastically interested in getting your job, even if they are not a good fit.

Finding the right talent for your apartment community can be arduous, but extremely rewarding if the process is approached correctly. Factors such as resident happiness and employee turnover are effected by the hiring of the best job searchers on the market.

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3 Ways Recruiting and Disneyland Are Similar

If your family does Disneyland right you know that it takes strategy to navigate the expansive world of castles and cartoons come to life. Surprisingly, several principles for a successful trip to the park are also required for employers to hire the right candidate for a job. Next time you’re hiring, remember these tips as explained with examples form Disneyland:

1. You must have a plan.

Disneyland is overwhelming without a plan. There isn’t enough time to ride every ride, so you have to pick and choose. Part of this plan is usually arriving early in hopes of beating the lines and packing in everything you want to do.

Recruiting successfully takes a similar strategy. Do you know exactly what you want from a candidate for an apartment job? Have you prioritized the steps you need to take to find this? Without a strategy beforehand, you will reduce your chances of accomplishing everything you would like. Just like in Disneyland—those who plan ahead will prevent headache later.

2. Take a time out.

In the land of Mickey Mouse and fairytale castles, you and your kids may be hesitant to take a break. But if you don’t, then you risk getting burnt out and tired sooner. Take a break, get a snack, re-apply some sunscreen, and you will be refreshed to enjoy the park once again.

When recruiting, employers must also take a break to step back and evaluate candidates. Too often, employers rush to make a hiring decision, which compromises their judgment. An employer may feel pressure to find a new employee and settle for someone who is less than ideal. On the other hand, an employer may get over-excited about a prospect, hiring before they have the chance to consider other candidates. A time out—in Disneyland and in the office—may be just what you need to get a fresh start and some perspective.

 3. Sometimes a long line is worth the wait.

One of the most disheartening feelings in Disneyland is arriving at a highly anticipated ride and discovering that you can barely see the ride from the end of the line. Usually, if a ride has a long line then it means that it is popular. And sometimes, these rides are worth the wait. Perhaps it will end up being you and your family’s favorite event of the trip, remembered for years to come while you quickly forget the wait it took to get there.

Candidates don’t usually physically stand in lines when employers recruit, but you may have a long line of job seekers who have submitted their resumes online. For some positions, the number of apartment job applicants can be overwhelming and difficult to sort through. As with the lines in Disneyland, sometimes it’s worth waiting for the right candidate rather than settling for one to avoid the wait.

 

The hiring process may resemble a roller coaster sometimes, but implementing these tips will make sure you are well prepared and do not rush into any hiring decision. As with a trip to Disneyland—you don’t want to go through the recruiting process too often; you want to find candidates that are a benefit in the long-term.

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Continually Recruiting: Attracting the Best Healthcare Candidates

 

Continually Recruiting:

How to Attract the Best Healthcare Candidates in Houston

 

The best recruiters know that finding the perfect person for a job starts well in advance of a position opening up. Employers who recruit top talent are constantly recruiting, through marketing themselves and upping their desirability as a place to work.

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Even in a job market experiencing as much growth as that of the Houston healthcare industry, if you aren’t continually recruiting you won’t be able to hire the best person for the job. Here’s how to create a recruiting strategy that is constantly drawing from a talented candidate pool:

1. Market Yourself as an Employer

During the hiring process candidates are not only trying to impress you as their employer; but you should seek to impress them as well. Multiple employers seek after the best of the best candidates and you need to have a competitive edge in order to get their attention.

What does this look like? To start with, your website is one of the most effective marketing tools in your arsenal. Make the most of it by having a way for potential employees to submit their resumes online, along with a running list of current job openings. Additionally, your website should make it clear why a talented candidate would want to work there. Job perks, company achievements, and positive reviews can all be subtly marketed to catch the eyes of candidates.

2. Test the Waters

Practice makes perfect – and this is true when it comes to recruiting. How do you know if a job posting will speak to the right type of person for a job? Or if the best candidates are even clicking on your job listings? One way is to test the waters of your pool of applicants. Trying out job postings with different key words or perspectives can help you mine valuable insight into the healthcare job seeker market for when you do need a new employee.

What if you aren’t hiring right now? Even if you don’t need a new employee at this moment, you can still post jobs and follow up with candidates. You never know what will happen: people quit, people get fired, and testing the waters could reel in an applicant that’s a perfect fit.

 3. Keep in Touch with Applicants

Following up with applicants is a good policy to have as a recruiter, and candidates will take notice. Thanking candidates for their application, and letting them know in a timely fashion if you’ve chosen to go with someone else will be appreciated by those applying.

How does this pay off? Healthcare job applicants who you don’t hire may be right for a position in the future or are potential customers – and keeping in touch with them is one way to leave a positive impression.

 

These success of these 3 recruiting strategies lies in their ability to draw candidates 365 days a year. Continuous recruiting attracts the best candidates by getting a leg up on your competition, preparing for unexpected job vacancies, and not losing out on someone who could be perfect for your company.

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4 Ways to Make to Most of Online Recruiting

4 Ways to Make The Most of Online Recruiting

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The days of recruiting in newspapers and print ads have largely passed—today, if you aren’t recruiting online you aren’t getting the best candidates. Recruiting online successfully takes a careful strategy: you have to know where to post and what to post in order to attract talent.

1. Use Your Website

Most employers have job listings on their websites, but usually they are buried and difficult to navigate. Your website is one of the first places a job seeker will look, so maintaining up-to-date job openings and an easy way to apply is crucial.

What’s more, if a job seeker is coming to your website to apply for a position then it means that they are interested in working with you specifically—if  not, they wouldn’t have taken the time to seek you out—and having specific apartment job openings on your website is the best way to connect with candidates who are going out of their way to find you.

 2. Check Candidates out Online

Most candidates are online in one form or another, and checking out their profiles can give you some insight if you are wondering whether to call someone for an interview or make them a hiring offer. LinkedIn is probably the best place to start checking out a candidate’s credential’s– this is where they should list all of their work experience in one place.

 3. Use Social Media

The use of social media as a recruiting tool is growing, and if there are any social profiles associated with your apartment properties you should post openings there (and if you don’t have any social profiles perhaps it’s time to join!) The people who follow you online are a great recruiting resource because they are already interested in you and can be a way to spread the word about an available apartment job.

 4. Get Creative

Good recruiters know that it’s not just candidates who compete in the job search process—employers should also seek to stand out in order to attract the best talent. One way to do this is to get creative with the way you promote your open jobs: try making videos, sharing a testimonial of someone who has a similar job, etc. Don’t just list an open job—make the best candidates want to work for you.

Candidates today are looking online for jobs, which means that in order to attract applicants, recruiters have to post online; and what’s more you should make promoting jobs online stand out in order to attract the best of the best candidates.

 

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Recruiting 101: Know What You’re Looking For

 

Recruiting 101: Know What You’re Looking For

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What are the top traits you desire in an employee? What skills must they have? If you aren’t asking questions like these before you begin the recruiting process you run the risk of hiring someone who is a poor match for your property. Know exactly what you’re looking for and find the right match in 4 steps:

1. List Specific Skills

Be as specific as you can! If there are certain skills that will be required to fill a position successfully, make these a requirement. You want to make these clear with candidates and on job postings; otherwise you could end up falling in love with a candidate only to find out they are lacking a non-negotiable skill. Being specific upfront will also save you time—weeding out unqualified applicants and targeting those who will benefit your apartment property.

 2. Find Someone Who Fits with Your Culture

Recruiting is energy consuming. If you’ve been fishing for candidates for weeks without luck you may be tempted to pick someone who is talented—but doesn’t quite fit with your property. Talent is essential; but so is cultural fit. You could hire the most talented leasing professional in Houston, but if they represent values that clash with your properties’ then they will most likely not flourish on the job.

 3. Know Where to Look

The follow up to knowing what you’re looking for is knowing WHERE to look…you can’t find the candidate who matches your criteria if you aren’t looking in the right places. It isn’t hard to find applicants in the pools of job seekers in Houston and Austin; but finding the best of the best is harder. Posting on general job boards (Craigslist, Indeed, etc.) will get an open position out to the public; but you might have more luck finding skilled applicants by asking around your professional network, on social networks, or for referrals from current employees.

 4. Don’t Settle

Pursuing ideal candidates, even when it is time consuming, will be worth the effort in the long run. The cost of a bad hire is high, draining time and money to hire someone who isn’t quite right—and then to repeat the process when it doesn’t work out with him or her.

Hiring a dream candidate is possible, but it takes planning. These steps can simplify the process, but you should still be prepared to commit the required energy to finding a new hire. If you don’t have time to see the recruiting process through, consider hiring a staffing company, who can find and send you employees that match what you are looking for.

 

 

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