In today’s competitive labor market, locating and recruiting talented and dedicated employees can be a daunting task. When you have the right knowledge and tools to help your business stand out from the crowd, however, implementing a few creative recruitment strategies can mean the difference between spending hours sorting through stacks of unqualified applicants and quickly attracting your dream candidates.

Check out some of our favorite recruitment and selection strategies to help you achieve hiring success.

1. Target effectively

Before you embark on your journey to find top-performing employees, it’s a good idea to identify the type of workers you seek. Targeting a general pool of candidates will not only leave you swamped with mismatched applicants, it could cause you to be overlooked by the potential employees you really want as well. Evaluate your job description and consider the types of qualifications and characteristics your candidate will need to satisfy your goals.

Next, identify keywords that your ideal candidates might be using when they perform a job search, and incorporate those keywords into your advertisement and job description. This can be an extremely useful tactic when using an online hiring platform that provides filters for both job seekers and employers.

2. Make use of the right resources

The days of job seekers searching through the local newspaper classifieds are over, along with the classifieds model itself. Using generic templates to post job openings that blend in with all of the others and hoping for the best is often a waste of time.

Be sure to use a highly visible online platform that enables you to create a unique job title and recruitment advertisement certain to catch the eye of your dream hire, as well as help you weed out those you’re not interested in. The Snagajob platform, for example, helps employers connect with more than 70 million job seekers, offers effective recruitment strategies to screen, test and even track the right candidates, and even enables employers to search through applicants and invite potential matches to apply.

3. Be distinct

Identifying what makes your company stand out from the crowd and promoting the benefits of working there is vital, especially if you’re looking to attract job seekers who are already employed elsewhere.

Evaluate the employer characteristics that your dream candidates want, such as competitive wages, flexible scheduling and opportunities to advance, and be sure to highlight these in your job posting as well as during the interview process. After all, when competing with other, similar companies for the top candidates, you have got to show job seekers that your business is the best fit.

Interested in learning about Snagajob’s time-saving recruiting tools? Learn more here and get connected with job seekers in your area!