Friday 22 November 2019

Top Tips for Finding Stand-out Employees

Three arrow hitting a target bullseye plus an orange one in motion about to hit the center. Concept image for competitiveness or business performance.
Three arrow hitting a target bullseye plus an orange one in motion about to hit the center. Concept image for competitiveness or business performance.

Hilarie Geary, Founder and Managing Director, Executive Connections

The job market has become increasingly buoyant. At Executive Connections we see an increasing amount of people on a daily basis who are ready to make a career move.

While jobseekers are competing for new career opportunities, you as an employer must also compete in order to appeal to the best people for your business. To ensure you have the best chance of finding stand-out employees here are our top tips for attracting the very best talent:


1. Reach out to your existing network

Your existing connections can be of great value to you. Use your industry knowledge and your current network of contacts to aid the hiring process. Speak to colleagues and industry experts about contacts in their network who are potentially seeking a career move. Reach out to your own employees and, even better, incentivise them with a bonus or referral fee. Your current employees know what it takes to do a good job and have a vested interest to bring in someone who can benefit the team as a whole. Hiring through your own network is one of the most cost effective ways to hire a new employee and should be your first port of call.

2. Don’t forget to look inside the company

Sometimes the best candidate for the job is already working for you. When a positions opens up inform your staff and let them know that the company is open to considering current employees for the position. Review the talents and skills of those working for you and you may uncover ‘hidden talents’. You may also have observed certain strengths in the past that make a particular person a good fit for the new role. The benefits of hiring from within are many – from eliminating hiring costs to reduced training time and greater employee loyalty.

3. Advertise on Job Boards

For most jobseekers job boards are their first port of call when looking for a job. Make sure to write a really informative job description highlighting exactly what you are offering, what he role will entail and the company culture.  A huge amount of web traffic goes to these sites daily so it should be top of the list when advertising a vacancy.

4. Don’t ignore social media

Social media can be extremely useful when it comes to hiring staff. Facebook and Instagram can be used to showcase what it’s like to work for your company with good images of company events or day-to-day life.  You can also use hashtags such as #irishjobfairy on Twitter to increase the amount of people who see your job vacancy tweet. Without doubt, LinkedIn can also be very useful with a huge portion of the workforce actively using LinkedIn daily. Linkedin allows you to connect with people in your industry, build your network and introduce yourself before pitching your vacancy to them.

5. Use the services of a recruitment agency

While it may not be feasible for all companies to use a recruitment agency, developing a relationship with a well-established consultancy with a strong track record hiring in your sector can benefit your business in the long term. As well as offering a large database of high quality candidates you would previously not have access to, their recruitment consultants possess up-to-date industry knowledge that mean they can target the very best candidates for you. 


Founded in 1991 Irish company Executive Connections provides recruitment and human resource consulting services to the banking, finance and commercial sectors.  The company has recently launched a dedicated technology recruitment division focused on matching quality tech candidates with companies hiring in this thriving sector. Established and owned by Hilarie Geary, Executive Connections clients include a range of high profile blue chip companies. More information at

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