Building a resourcing strategy

A resourcing strategy is a way of identifying future staffing needs and working out how to ensure those needs are met: by external recruitment or developing existing employees; working with the whole organisation to understand its current and future needs, addressing resourcing not only in terms of filling vacancies but also the wider needs and expectations of candidates.

Top tips for building a successful resourcing strategy include:

• whatever your organisation’s size, make sure someone is specifically in charge of resourcing

• narrow down the employer brand and EVP (see article 12) to determine what your company offers employees – why should people prefer your organisation to another?

• work out what your organisation needs in terms of roles compared to what exists

• can you fill any gaps by adjusting existing roles, providing training or flexible working and creating career paths to build loyalty and enhance your employer brand?

• develop an internal pool of candidates by using internal referral schemes and contacting employees who have previously applied for internal roles when a new vacancy occurs

• for hard-to-fill roles consider establishing relationships with graduates, past employees and contacts through networking events to build a talent pool to contact when a vacancy arises

• monitor hiring practices and expenditure to gauge the most successful and cost-effective channels