You say you want champions. How do you find them?

Organizations of all shapes and sizes search the world over for talented business leaders with executive experience and skills to grow profit margins. Most say as much on their job boards, which normally feature outsized role descriptions seemingly describing the next Steve Jobs. In reality, attracting this caliber of talent is no simple task these days. Companies in every sector are hiring at historic clips as the economy blooms. Last month, employers added 235,000 jobs, according to data from the Department of Labor.

How do businesses claim victory in this "War for Talent?" Luckily, there are some tried-and-true strategies for beating out the competition and attracting game-changing leaders.

Develop a strong employer brand
Top executives not only want to build their skill sets but also do compelling work amongst competent and driven colleagues. Businesses can tap into this desire by developing external branding that advertises a rich internal culture, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. These materials, whether they be digital or physical, excite prospective leaders and encourage them to look elsewhere for new opportunities.

"Internal recruitment teams can amplify their efforts by working with external partners."

Consider generational concerns
Most organizations search for candidates across multiple generations. While these key employees are attracted to a few core selling points, they each have unique needs, Harvard Business Review found. For example, millennials expect increased workplace flexibility and easy-to-access technology tools. Baby boomers, on the other hand, yearn for stable office environments where in-person meetings occur with regularity. A single business can offer both experiences and attract diverse talent.

Work with a partner
In theory, on job-postings, a handful of suitable candidates apply – one of them is to be hired. In reality, however, several hundred do apply with seldom having the RIGHT background or experience.

Internal recruitment teams can amplify their efforts by working with external partners like global search firms. These organizations offer seasoned search consultants who can leverage their international connections to find transformation leaders. Is your organization prepared to take this step and work with a proven recruitment firm? Contact YES Partners today. To see some of the roles we have already successfully placed, click here.

Finding people is easy, but finding the RIGHT people is not. YES Partners helps companies FIND the right people for all company functions, across many industries.

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