Written by Kimberley Startup | January 20, 2014
As Yorkshire’s capital of commerce, the city of Leeds has the fifth most productive retail industry in the country and offers the most jobs in any city outside of London. And with the finance, banking and manufacturing sectors also booming, the next few years could potentially be an exciting time for employment in the area.
However, whilst the creation of new jobs is great news for the economy, this delivers new challenges for hiring managers when recruiting in Leeds.
As the third largest city in the UK, you might think that finding your next star employee will be easy. However, how can you be sure that you’re attracting the right candidates with the right skill-sets?
Here are Webrecruit’s top tips to successfully recruit in Leeds.
Get the basics right
Ensuring that the salary you’re offering matches the job title and duties is crucial. An effective online job advertisement can work wonders so make sure that it’s fully optimised with keywords so that it’s easy for potential candidates to find.
If you’re struggling to write your ad, why not download Webrecruit’s free guide, ‘Anatomy of an online job advert’, by clicking here.
Use social media to your advantage
Having a strong LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook presence is a fantastic way to find those all-important passive jobseekers who might just have the specialist skills that you’re looking for. Plus, social media platforms are an excellent tool to promote your company and showcase your culture.
Tap into fresh talent
Leeds boasts one of the largest student populations in the UK, with over 200,000 living in the area. Visiting local colleges and universities is a fantastic way to tap into exciting new talent, as well as make them aware of your business.
Snapping up new talent is a great way to be a step ahead of the competition when it comes to recruiting in Leeds.
Keep candidates on file
Keeping a database of top candidates who already have the skills, experience and passion that you’re looking for can greatly reduce both your time and cost-to-hire.
Sell your location
If you’re really struggling to fill that vacancy, it might be worth looking further afield and selling the city of Leeds to someone wishing to locate. With excellent transport links, a thriving culture and superb shopping, nightlife and music, it shouldn’t be too hard.
Still struggling to fill that vacancy? Let Webrecruit do the hard work for you! Find out how we have helped businesses across Leeds by clicking here.