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The New Year is usually a time when there’s a strong demand for fresh talent and when many hiring managers are looking to bring new employees on board. Consequently, the needs of many companies will often exceed the pool of qualified candidates. Fortunately, you can streamline the hiring process by making one or more of these New Year’s hiring resolutions for 2016.

1) I Won’t Procrastinate

Waiting until the last moment to start recruiting is a recipe for disaster and can leave you scrambling. In turn, this can force you to make a hasty decision without fully exploring all of your options – and the quality of your new hires may be less than ideal. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and have a game plan in place before it’s too late. For example, you might want to have an outline of which resources you’ll use, know who you’ll reach out to in your network, highlight which qualities applicants should possess, etc.

2) I’ll Incorporate Big Data Into Hiring

Big data is incredibly powerful and can put your company in a favorable position in terms of making hiring decisions. Forbes refers to it as “talent analytics” or “people analytics” – and big data can be used to help predict which candidates would be the best fit for your company. An example would be using data to determine which factors are highly correlated with success (e.g., no spelling or grammatical errors on a resume and having a certain degree) and which factors didn’t really matter (e.g., grades in school and quality of references).

3) I’ll Embrace New Trends

Hiring techniques have changed drastically over the last decade and even just the last five years. If you’re able to adapt to implement effective/efficient strategies, then you’ll be better poised for success than if you’re stuck in the past. For example, you might appeal more to talented millennials by doing away with the arduous, long-winded application form and opting for a cover letter and resume they can send in quickly. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your site and job postings are mobile-optimized since many job seekers are now using mobile devices.

4) I’ll Take Advantage of Social Recruiting

According to LinkedIn’s 2015 U.S. Recruiting Trends report, “social professional networks have bypassed Internet job boards, company career websites and employee referral programs over the past four years to become the most important and fastest-growing source of quality hires in the U.S.” This is palpable proof of the power of social recruiting and shows that it can be an extremely valuable tool for finding top talent in your industry. If you’re slacking on social media, 2016 is a great time to step up your efforts.

By making the right New Year’s hiring resolutions, you should be in good shape for 2016. With any luck, you’ll find the key talent your company needs in order to thrive in the future.

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