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Conceptualize Your Perfect Candidate

Once you've decided what kind of working environment you want to set for your employees, you should determine what kind of employee fits into this culture and will best help you meet your business objectives.

This not only ensures a positive corporate culture to keep existing employees happy, but also helps attract potential workers by depicting a team-oriented atmosphere which, according to recent reports, is an important element in any job function for today's job seekers.

To find the candidate that best fits your organization, you first need to know what kind of employee you are looking for. To do so, make a list of all the credentials you would like your employee to possess and then a list of the personality characteristics he or she should have to succeed in the job. Once you have the picture of your ideal candidate, the rest of the work is easy -- if you know how to read between the lines.

For example, if you're seeking a laid-back candidate, take a look at his or her previous positions. Was he or she with a small dot-com where creativity is encouraged, or was it with a Fortune 500 company where strict guidelines would be the norm?

Hobbies and organizations also are a great way to read someone's personality. Is he or she involved in a lot of activities, maybe indicating an outgoing person? Or do he or she tend to shy away from these things? Of course, you really won't know for sure what a candidate is really like until you meet him or her. But these few tricks will help you weed through the plethora of resumes.

Know How to 'Sell' Your Business

Making your organization as attractive to your candidates as it is for your customers is the best step you can take to recruit qualified workers. Today's employees value pride and integrity, so tell them what your company has to offer. Is your organization a highly respected member of the business community or has it won awards that show its success rate?

Published news articles and word-of-mouth are also great sources for reinforcing your company's image in the mind of the applicant. What are people really saying about you and, more importantly, what are your employees saying?

These things, while they may seem menial, are very important to workers. In fact, many have stated that they'd rather take a pay cut and work with a reputable company than make more money with a questionable organization.

Knowing who you are, what you are willing to give and what you want from an employee are the three most essential steps for staying competitive in today's labor market. Providing a work-life balance while ensuring that goals are met not only gives you a highly qualified workforce, but a happy one.

Joe Peters, who has more than 14 years' experience in the technology and staffing business, has been president and CEO of Scientific Search since 2001. For more information about Scientific Search visit www.scientificsearch.com.

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