Although admin workers don’t always get a lot of glory and recognition, they still play a crucial role in the success of your business. After all, they’re the ones handling tasks like paperwork, phone calls and email that help keep your company running smoothly. Therefore, you must find the top admin talent. Here are some tips for doing so.
Be Highly Specific with the Skills You’re Looking For
Recruiting expert Larry Alton says, “A simple step for more effective administrative hiring is to include more specific requirements for the role and adding as many prerequisites as you think are required to get the talent you really want.” While you don’t want to be so picky that it greatly shrinks your talent pool, you should mandate that candidates reach certain base criteria. That way most of the candidates you have should be suitable fits for the admin position.
In terms of specific skills, here are some of the most important in this line of work:
- Great communication
- Good interpersonal skills
- A solid understanding of information technology
- The ability to use common software like Google Docs, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
- Time management skills
- The ability to improvise and adapt
Place Job Ads on Places Admin Talent Frequently Use
It’s not always enough to simply post an ad for a position on an online job board. To truly find the top admin talent, you need to cast a wider net where you can find a range of qualified candidates. Social media is a great place to start, with some of the top networks being LinkedIn and Facebook.
With 73 percent of millennials finding their last position on social media, it’s especially effective for targeting younger candidates. You may also want to consider posting on Craigslist, asking current employees for recommendations or networking with other professionals within your industry.
Look for the “It” Factor
You’ll likely encounter a lot of qualified candidates who could handle the job. But when you’re looking to hire the best of the best, it’s important to pay attention to the details and look for candidates that go above and beyond. For instance, maybe there’s a person whose resume is significantly more impressive than the others. Or maybe there’s someone who’s far more personable and likable than the others, and you think they would excel at interacting with customers. That’s the type of candidate to look for.
Given that workers in admin roles impact many areas of operations, you must find the best and brightest. Following these tips should help refine your recruiting so that you find top admin talent.
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