In order to find the best talent that suits their job requirements, employers work closely with Professional Services they trust and seek guidance to filter the candidates, manage risks, solve specific business problems and gain a competitive edge over rivals. Even when employers know exactly what they are looking for, it’s not easy to find the right professional. The reason is that specialized professionals are scarce and have probably received other offers as well.
The above claim is supported by a survey taken by Robert Half, world’s largest staffing firm. A group of CFOs were asked how challenging it is to find skilled candidates for professional level positions; and 63 percent of the CFOs polled that it is “very challenging” and “somewhat challenging”.
It is very crucial to understand how to find and hire the best professional service in your area of expertise. Following are the steps that guide you through the process and make it easy for you to narrow down the list of professional services to save time and effort.
Clear Communication of Your Requirements
While seeking for the best professional services for a specific task or a problem, you must be able to communicate the right information to them. They must know exactly what you are looking for and willing to learn about your business goals. Providing the right requirements saves you from the pain of going through the list of irrelevant applicants and hence saving a lot of time and effort.
Right Ways to Find the Right Professionals
In order to identify the professional services that specialize in your area of expertise, employers should start looking in their own network first. As a senior executive you have been working with recruiters, experienced industry professionals and other organizations as a customer or a candidate at some point in your career.
The compiled list might be short but these professionals work with the best people in the industry. Employers can also look for them both online and offline in order to scan recruiter directories, their profiles and message boards in your search area.
Some of the best portals to look for professionals online are LinkedIn, Freelancer and UrbanClap. LinkedIn is a professional network where almost all the professionals, employer or employee, maintain their work profile. It is similar to reviewing a resume of a person in detail.
Freelancer is one platform where thousands of recruiters post certain requirements and freelancers bid to take up the projects. You can shortlist the freelancers based on their work experience and rating. UrbanClap on the other hand lets you choose from a list of professional service providers.
Experience, though not Essential, is Definitely a Plus Point
Shortlisting is the most important task. Employers must not blindly choose a professional service just because they were referred by a top employer in your profile. You should look for parameters like for how long they have been operating in a particular field, how broad their portfolio is, how much relevant experience they have and if they provide any service guarantee.
Also, quotation from the shortlisted professional services must be compared. This not only lets you refine your list of shortlisted candidates, but also provides an understanding of what the right price is to find the right talent for your specific requirement. However, comparing the services based on only the fees or experience may not be the right option.
Leave No Page Unturned before Finalizing the Deal
Now that you have compared and evaluated the shortlisted candidates, it is important to clear the air between you two. As an employer, you must explicitly lay out the plan of action to get your work done. The finalized professional service candidate must know if you wish to receive regular updates while the project is going on, how you will need the invoices, what the deadlines are etc.
Even if you feel they are charging the right fees, you must negotiate price. This gives you an understanding if they are willing to compete in the market and still deliver quality services.
It is important to have access to the right professionals to help your business grow as quickly and efficiently as possible. Given sufficient time, you may master most of the services yourself. But why bother? Handing off these duties to professional service providers can make things faster and more effective than you ever could. Armed with the points mentioned above, you surely can find the right candidate for your work requirements.
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