December 14, 2017
As the business year pushes to a close and holiday festivities ramp up into full swing, this is one of the best times to talent shop for your business. People are getting into the spirit of the season and letting themselves be open to new and changing events in their lives.
For sales people they are ending up one sales plan and on January 1 they start a new plan. This could be a point where they begin thinking about where they want to sell for the next 12 months.
For customer services people you may meet while shopping or dining out, they give you a first hand observation of how they treat people. They might just be the type and nature to be part of your customer service team.
As you make your way to the various holiday gatherings, take the time to think of these as not just another requirement of the season but use them as a talent prospecting venture. As you interact with your spouse’s business colleagues do a little networking on who they know and what college graduates might they be able to direct to your company door.
About now you might be wondering or concerned that you are opening up the flood gates to a bunch of tire kicking people which might not fit your organization’s employee model. Well there is the possibility that you may get a bigger influx of potential talent. On the other hand, in today’s very tight talent market, it definitely does not hurt to have a continuous stream of prospective future workers.
In some cases, you get an opportunity to do the interviewing right then and there. No it is not a formal interview, but you can surely gain some critical insights in to how the potential resource handles questions you may pose. You can witness how they interact with others and what level of professionalism they conduct themselves in even when not on the “Office Clock.”
As business owners and leaders, we are always on the look out for potential business opportunities – Sales that is. Moving forward, the next most important part of your business is the people or talent that make it run smoothly. For this reason you need a plan and be prepared to seek out talent while interacting this holiday season.
This week, get a few key questions in mind for when the opportunity presents itself. Sure many can wing it but if you take a few minutes to get a bit more organized, you will also present yourself and your business in a better light. Just like the potential future talent you are trying to attract, so to are they looking at you and what your organization offers in the marketplace. If you are more polished, you might just get a second look before your competition offers them employment.
Found a good talent but not sure if they fit into your company culture? Call JKL Associates at (313) 527-7945 to discuss how to assess the fit.
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