Recruiting In A Small Company

Recruiting In A Small Company






I believe that in recruitment there is a cost time relationship that is quite clear – the more time you personally can spend on it the less it costs. If you couple the time investment with some creativity and imagination you are usually set for success.

Be clear about what you are looking for and what you can offer. How can you make your opportunity more exciting than the other options particularly if you want to pay less! Think about development and growth - can the individual grow with the business, will you invest time in their training. From your own point of view think about how much you are prepared to invest in their training both in terms of money but equally importantly, time (and how you will protect this investment).

Then think about where you might find suitable job candidates - be as imaginative as you can since if you identify a source that is not obvious to your competitors you may have an advantage over them.

When it comes to making the proposition attractive, or even just tapping new sources of candidates, think imaginatively about what you can do. Can you, for example, offer very flexible working, part time, home working and other such which will make it possible for those with family and care responsibilities or students to take the job? Can you restructure the work so that you can take on someone with less experience and train them up? Can you offer someone the opportunity to develop new skills and thus make the job attractive?

Think about all of this as a balance – the less you want to pay in terms of salary, the more you need to give in terms of benefits – such as flexibility, development, new opportunities. Think also of low cost and low risks ways to reward and engage your people – can you give them a percentage of the additional profits that they have brought into the company.

There are a lot of benefits of being a small business owner when it comes to hiring people – the trick here is to leverage them effectively.

 

Lisette Howlett

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