When you run a small business, you tend to start out operations on your own. We tend to take on the bulk of the work independently and will outsource one-off tasks and projects that are beyond our skill sets to freelancers, agencies and contractors. But eventually, if your business experiences success and you start receiving more orders, you’re going to have to start taking on employees. Now, this is a big responsibility. You’ll take on responsibility for their health and wellbeing in the workplace and will have to provide them with contracted pay. But all in all, the investment is worth it. They’ll form the backbone of your company and can both keep things ticking over and keep things moving forward. So, if you’re going to go ahead with this, here are a few different steps that you may find yourself making in the recruitment process!
Advertising Positions Effectively
You can’t recruit new employees without letting people know that there’s a job available within your company. Advertising positions is the first step you’ll have to make in this journey. Generally speaking, it’s best to advertise positions online, using online job boards like those on LinkedIn and Indeed. Make sure that the listing details the position, lists out any prerequisites you have (for example, set degrees or a set amount of experience) and gives details on how to apply.
Once you’ve created your listing, you’ll start to receive resumes. You need to take time out to sift through these and invite appropriate candidates for an interview. Now, interviewing tends to be one of the most important steps in talent acquisition. It provides you with an opportunity to meet all of your candidates on a face to face basis. Remember that it’s easy to lie on a resume and some people actually pay professionals to write their resumes on their behalf. Interviewing can see you get to know the individual better, determine whether they’d be a good fit for your workplace and ensure they know what they’re talking about when it comes to their proclaimed experience.
Making an Offer
By the time you’ve completed interviews, chances are you’ve settled on which candidate you want to employ. The next step you’ll have to take is offering them the position. This is positive and celebratory – but don’t be presumptive and simply assume they’ll accept. They may have been applying to other roles at the same time and maybe weighing up their final decision. Simply create an email congratulating them on their offer, detailing the ins and outs of their contract and requesting a response.
It’s also important to be respectful of individuals who haven’t been successful. Don’t just disappear on them when they may be waiting for a response. Instead, write a professional but kind email letting them know that they haven’t got the job but thanking them for applying.
This is a quick run through of the recruitment process and should give you a good step by step guide in regards to what you should expect. Hopefully, it comes in useful!