Hot job market is slowing hiring; 6 tips to speed it up.

Position:HR Trends

The competitive talent market means it's taking longer to hire experienced professionals, according to a new survey of chief financial officers. Robert Half Finance and Accounting found that the hiring process for a staff-level professional now takes four weeks from first contact to accepted job offer. Add another week to hire a management-level employee.

Here are six tips to streamline the hiring process and keep it moving:

1 Sharpen the job description. Accurately describe the skills needed for the position, but focus on three or four crucial responsibilities that top applicants must possess.

2 Reconsider rigid requirements. A laundry list of needed skills and credentials risks scaring off excellent candidates who may require only a bit of extra training.

3 Seek soft skills. Communication, attention to detail and enthusiasm for ongoing learning are...

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