When you realize you need to add staff or an employee quits, that gap or loss requires other employees to pick up the workload. It’s a perilous position, extra work added to an already hardworking staff, it could lead to more employees quitting. Your goal is to hire quickly and effectively and with these suggestions to guide your way, you will be able to fill your positions quickly and seamlessly.
- Plan ahead. Create a solid game plan for when you will need to hire. The time will come and when it does, it’s good to know how to proceed quickly rather than trying to create something while in the moment.
- Clear and accurate job descriptions. Create a precise job description for everyone on staff. It can be tweaked later on, however, having a starting point saves time in the hiring process. When you are ready to announce the opening, be sure the description is asking for reality than asking for the moon. We all want the most amazing people to fill all of our vacancies, however, casting a more board net will catch more applicants than a terribly precise and exact description.
- Get the job description out to everyone you know. Simply posting on a job board isn’t enough. Social media, company websites, local websites, networking events and just word of mouth by you and your employees will get that job filled quickly.
- Be thorough. Research your candidates before you interview them, listen intently during the interview process and determine your best candidate in the end. At most bring them in again to meet staff and make the offer, chances are they are going to need a few weeks to wrap things up with their current employer. Avoid holding up the process on your end.
- Ask for help. Hiring employees is a full time job. It’s not as simple as putting a job description on the Internet and a plethora of qualified, exceptional applicants apply for the job. Those applicants are employed, sometimes happily and not looking for a new job. Sometimes that candidate takes some digging and persuading to take a leap of faith to a new job, your new job. Hiring a staffing firm can save you time (they have the candidate pool and it’s constantly growing with contacts considered to be the best of the best) and can save you money (they will fill this position quickly allowing you and your staff to get back to the daily matters at hand).
- Create a new employee training process. With a growing company, you will always be in the market for new employees. It would be a detriment to the hard work you put in to find a new employee if they were poorly trained and felt unwelcomed within the company. Create orientation and training that gives them the tools to hit the ground running and stress to current employees the importance of making new employees feel welcomed.