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5 Tips To Get the Most Out of a Recruiting Field Trip

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There are clear benefits to visiting …

There are clear benefits to visiting
the country where a development project is
being planned — a notion that recruiters and
human resources experts share. Here are five
tips to make the most of your time in the field.

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  • 1. 5 To get the most out of a recruiting field trip tips
  • 2. Given the current trend of including a maximum of just one or two expats on a proposal, local recruitment and best practices to find the best local staff remain hot topics within HR circles and beyond. There are clear benefits to visiting the country where a development project is being planned — a notion that recruiters and human resources experts share. Here are five tips to make the most of your time in the field.
  • 3. PLAN AHEAD Making the most of your time in the field means leveraging existing connections and setting up as many meetings as possible in advance. If possible, place advertisements in the area you’re traveling prior to your arrival in order to review CVs and be able to spend as much of your time on the ground meeting and vetting candidates in person. 1
  • 4. DESIGNATE a recruiter Although someone on a capture team is usually assigned to lead the field recruitment, mistakes can happen if that person is not properly trained or focused on staffing. It doesn’t have to be a recruiter, but someone assigned only to recruitment should be part of a capture team or a live proposal development team. 2
  • 5. Adapt recruitment methods People are better connected than ever before, but candidates in rural Nigeria might be looking for jobs in different places than job seekers in Malawi. Recruiting methods always depend on where you are and getting a sense of what resource is going to be seen by your preferred audience. The successful method might be an online jobs board, a billboard or a radio spot. 3
  • 6. Make use of networking A recruiter may visit other aid projects in the region to solicit staff referrals or — if a project is about to end — consider some of the experts for upcoming assignments. It’s also possible to travel to different communities to meet with technical organizations that do the type of work you’re looking for, and they can refer you to others. 4
  • 7. Take advantage of in-person meetings The trend for international development organizations to “go local” increases career opportunities for qualified local residents, but it also intensifies the competition for talent. An in-person visit from a recruiter can help seal the deal if a candidate ends up with multiple offers. 5
  • 8. Psst,  here!   Finding the right global development candidates can be tough. Get more tips on recruiting here.