Recruiting the best employee is like having a winning sports program. First, you have to have something to recruit to. What has the company achieved? Why is the company going to be an industry “player” in the next few years? Why do you want this person; why are they going to make a difference? What is in it for the employee?
Now get this. According to a study conducted at Carleton University in Ottawa, people are forming first impressions in as little as 1/20th of a second.
In addition, a cover letter gives the reader more information about you such as your writing style and your “personality”. It must be interesting enough to entice the reader to spend some time reading your resume.
Then, once you get a job, you need to work hard at it. Dale Winston CEO of Battalia Winston International, an top hospitality recruiters in New York says, “When things are tough, you have to try harder.” She advises her clients to expend 20% more time and effort than their colleagues. This isn’t for everyone, but from personal experience, I can tell you it works. If you do this — and I did — you’ll get a reputation as a hard worker, someone who can be counted on to deliver. And with that comes both job security in this uncertain economic climate and the fast track to getting promoted.
I have been to client meetings in offices that were a pigsty. When human beings enter a new environment or meet a new person, they make a decision as to whether they are impressed, neutral or turned off within 4 seconds.
Small means you can tell the truth on your blog. Small means that you can answer email from your customers. Small means that you will outsource the boring, low-impact stuff like manufacturing and shipping and billing and packing to others, while you keep the power because you invent the remarkable and tell stories to people who want to hear them. A small law firm or accounting firm or ad agency is succeeding because they’re good, not because they’re big. So smart small companies are happy to hire them. A small restaurant has an owner who greets you by name. A small venture fund doesn’t have to fund big bad ideas in order to get capital doing work. They can make small investments in tiny companies with good (big) ideas.
To run a business like this, how many are the staff required? The answer is also the same as the above. It depends on how big your scope is. Industry leaders will obviously hire a huge number of staff. But, you don’t need to have the same number if what you put up is just a start-up business. What is important is that you know how to advertise your executive search firm in order to get clients and, at the same time, in order to recruit high caliber executives.