Situation: A company that provides personnel services wants to adjust their business model to make it more appealing to employers. They are unique in that they focus on social issues, rather than purely on business services. From the perspective of a hiring Manager, what would you want to see? What’s the next version of our business solution?
Advice from the CEOs:
- The idea of a social issues-based brand is unique. To some employers this may have appeal.
- Your obvious differentiator is the tie between existing communities and social networking. Emphasize this.
- As an employer, the focus is on finding quality employees for the right price. This will always take precedence over other factors for most businesses. In fact, over-emphasis on social issue-based hiring could subject an employer to discrimination issues. It also will not appeal to everyone. How can you address quality employee for the right price through your service? Here are some things to consider:
- The employers’ challenge is finding good candidates. How do you solve this problem?
- Employers have specific needs to fill. Help them by identifying and screening candidates so that it makes their job easier.
- The question for the employer is whether your helper audience can crowd source the screening function. Screening is the challenge of the employer. Solve this and I as an employer want to talk to you!
- Within your model, instead of asking for monetary contributions from your helper audience ask them to donate time to screen candidates. Not being a recruiter is a plus.
- Pitch your new ideas to your company insiders – see what they say.