Attracting future talent is a big part of networking. Creating a business and a company culture that people with talent want to be at can take years. Here are some of the first steps you can take in the right direction if you want to attract talent in the coming years.
Develop a Reputation for Success
This one is a tricky one to pull off. See, it may or may not relate to how much success your business is actually having on paper. If your business is successful – that’s great, but you need to make sure that that success is advertised in some way. You need to make sure you weaponize that data into an effective recruiting tool. And if your business isn’t quite there, that’s okay.
You can work on developing a reputation and ambiance of success in other ways. Networking can do a lot here; if you send off employees to bigger and better things on a positive trajectory, students will look to you as a good beginning point.
Connect With Students
Students are key. They will be the near future of business. If you want to connect with students, you need to have your company participate in local college career workshops and fairs. And not in a passive role, either – but rather actively seeking out and forming connections with these bright young minds.
They need mentorship from people with experience. You can help them to learn some of the most basic skills. Students need to know how to write a proper resume and what details to include. They also need to know how to create a network for themselves. Skills that come with interviews and day-to-day company work will require mentorship.
Build a Network
This is a fundamental skill for any businessman or woman. Ironically, many successful people try to avoid it. Often this is because networking can feel awkward and forced if you don’t know what you’re doing. The problem is that when hard times come, those successful people won’t have their network to fall back on. That web of human connections – coworkers, associates, friends, partners – will provide you with talented people when the time comes. You can put out feelers and ask questions to those you trust to find who you’re looking for.
Again, this can take quite some time. You’re developing a reputation, a network, and a company. It can’t be done overnight! But if you have a clear vision and a concrete plan for how to accomplish this, you will be able to find the people that you want at a critical moment.
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