How to Hire in the Digital Fashion Age
How do you hire great talent and why does it matter? Because great employees keep your customers happy and that helps your business thrive. Find out what fashion’s most innovative hiring experts had to say at MAGIC about recruiting and retaining the best talent for any business.
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE SKILLSET OF EACH JOB.
Lisa Marie Ringus, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development at 24/7 says, “You’ve got a really informed talent pool that’s in demand.” For harder-to-find talent like data scientists, that means applicants aren’t buying you, you’re buying them. Learn the in’s and out’s of their jobs in order to be taken seriously as a potential employer.
LOOK FOR TALENT THAT CAN RAISE ENGAGEMENT OR INCREASE SPEED TO MARKET.
With the growing importance of social media, and influencers selling products at historic speeds, many companies are having a hard time keeping up with the end customer. Keep an eye out for talent that has a proven record for growing social interaction, or efficient supply chain turnaround. Their skills could reap dividends.
KNOW WHAT MILLENNIALS WANT.
Millennial talent looks for different things in a job than applicants of the past. Things like environmental responsibility, diverse thought processes, an engaged work force, company wellness and culture are all important factors to the millennial hiring pool. Assess what your company has to offer aside from salary, and be ready to talk about those values.
HIRE PROBLEM SOLVERS.
With the industry evolving so quickly, and necessary skillsets always changing, it’s important to look for candidates with an adaptive personality. Ringus says, “What we hear very often is that companies are looking more for a problem solver and a creative thinker. Almost more of the 'challenger' hire because no one wants to hire someone that walks into an interview and tells them exactly what they want to hear.” Seek out people who are willing to bring fresh insight. A potential employee that can tell you what’s wrong with your website or how to improve your social media, shows they are ready and willing to add value. And that’s a true mark of great talent.