1. Find an executive search firm
Hiring a search firm to recruit your next project manager can save your company valuable time. By doing so, your company won’t have to invest time in things such as revamping your company’s LinkedIn profile, posting to job board sites, or vetting irrelevant applications.
Enlist the help of recruiting firms that are experienced in your industry. These firms build relationships with viable candidates and have the experience to capture and find the type of team member your company is searching for.
2. Talk to every relevant connection
If you’re unable to hire a recruiting firm, share the news with relevant connections. This could be connections in the field, but may also include other business owners and startup founders in your industry.
Your LinkedIn connection list might also provide you with a wealth of information. You may be surprised to find how many potential project managers are already part of your network— and even more so, by how many of them might be interested in this opportunity.
3. Keep an eye on activity in the industry
Failed startups could be a great source of talented professionals. Keep an eye out for headlines about startup closures since those who were let go might be seeking for a new opportunity, and it just so happens that your company has a place for them.
4. Get creative with your approach
Sometimes a creative approach might be needed to capture the attention of the right candidate. It’s important to think of this process beyond recruiting and begin thinking of it as a marketing strategy.
Consider creating an engaging Facebook video to promote the job opening. Make this a compelling story beyond the Now Hiring point of view. Once you’ve created the content, test Facebook and LinkedIn ads to help spread the word about your job opening.
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