Okay, here's the deal. A budget request for a new long range planner position was actually approved last week. I will be looking for someone with about 7 years experience in long range planning, demographics work, etc. Alberta is not a planning mecca... it is hard as hell to try to get a good planner out here.
Any words of wisdom on recruiting talented individuals?
Here are some questions to get you going:
--- Is it worth it to pay the big advertising bucks to post ads online on the APA job website or CIP job website? Are there other advertising opportunities that bring good candidates in?
--- What is a good bargaining tool for bringing in a good candidate... perks if you will? We don't have the best salary in the area, so we cannot compete with larger cities like Edmonton and Calgary. I have budgeted to construct a real office (no cube) for this planner and will likely make some conference/training money available to them. Other perks that sway you one way or the other when looking at a job?
--- What is the most effective way to screen candidates? I will likely ask for a writing sample or have a writing exam at the interviews. It will likely be a limited panel interview, with a follow up interview.
--- Lastly, any opinions on whether sending the job recruitment to other Planning Departments works? I know we get them all the time, but I don't know if as an employer they are worth the time/postage/etc.
I'm sure I'll have more questions later. We did a recruitment a year ago that was hell... luckily it was for a more entry level position where you look ofr potential as much as experience. Now that I'm looking for an established planner, I definitely need help. Thanks everyone!