Leading a team with scarce resources, dealing with budget cuts that seem to come out of nowhere – these challenges can make your job a nightmare as a recruiting leader.
The constant pressure to deliver more with less can be incredibly stressful. But within this struggle lies an opportunity for innovation and creative thinking in the world of recruitment.
Embrace the Constraints
Look, having an understaffed team or low budget sucks. I get it.
And it’s only made worse by the fact that companies expect more from recruiting than ever.
But there’s a silver lining here – adversity breeds innovation.
Smaller budgets force companies to get more creative. When companies expect recruiters to meet lofty hiring goals on a budget, it’s the perfect time to think outside the box and push for new solutions to age-old problems.
When everyone is perfectly happy with talent acquisition, people aren’t as receptive to change and new ideas. This is your opportunity to introduce a new initiative or rethink the way your company views recruiting!
Prioritize – With Your Organization’s Leadership
Don’t let anyone tell you that every open role is a priority! If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.
You need to have direct, open conversations with your superiors and company leadership to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Ask leaders – “what happens if this role isn’t filled in 45 days?”
Ask the hard questions – everyone wants their roles to be a priority, but it’s important to judge which are really the most critical.
Next, you need to communicate these priorities not only to your talent acquisition team, but HR and the company as a whole. That way, your recruiters don’t have to feel like the bad guy when they have to tell someone that a specific role isn’t receiving their full attention.
Supporting a role doesn’t have to be all or nothing, either. If a role isn’t a priority, you can still assist with advertising, screening, and scheduling – even if you’re not actively searching for candidates and holding every interview.
Don’t Rule Out Outsourcing
You don’t have to replace internal recruiters with outside resources.
You can get a little extra support for tough roles, or free up time for your recruiters to focus on the biggest priorities.
You can even get help finding or screening candidates so that your recruiters can focus on the most important thing – building relationships.
In a year, nobody will remember or care whether you used outside resources. What they WILL remember is whether or not the team hit hiring and diversity goals under your leadership!
When Life Gives You Lemons…
In a world of constraints, whether it’s a limited budget, an understaffed team, or both, recruiters are faced with a unique opportunity. While it may be difficult, it’s also a chance to challenge the status quo and introduce positive change.
This is your time to shine. Embrace the constraints, prioritize effectively, and consider outsourcing when needed. Remember: your success will be measured by results, not by the methods you use to achieve them!