Three Tips to Find the Best Employees for Your Small Business

When most business owners decide to hire a new team member, they’re normally hoping the right person will simply fall into their lap.  Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, especially in challenging employee markets. 

The reason? A new hire needs to be the right person for your team, not just qualified to do the job at hand.  

So how can you make sure you not only find the right person but also avoid wasting time and energy navigating the rough seas of the hiring process? 

Whether the market you’re hiring from has an unusually high number of job openings or an overwhelming number of applicants to each posting, we’re here to help you find the perfect person for your business.

Use these three tips to save time, reduce hiring stress, and locate that perfect new hire to help you grow your team.

Three Tips to Find the Best Employees

1. Make sure your job posting covers more than just the role

The most important part of a job posting isn’t the role you’re seeking to fill. In fact, the most important thing to include is information about your company culture and the specific traits you are looking for in your new hire.  

By missing this information, you’re missing the opportunity to show your perfect-fit team member that this is the place for them! Most job seekers are not just looking for a job they’re qualified to do, they’re looking for somewhere to work that allows them to be amongst people with similar values

By putting in the time to ensure you find that person from the very first step in the process, you not only make your chances of success more likely, your staff retention rates following that hiring process will also be higher. 

In the job posting, start with a description of what your company does and your company values. Next, briefly walk the reader through the job overview including details of who would be the right fit and a short list of responsibilities. Finally, be clear about the requirements that candidates will be considered against, for example education, level of experience, accreditations, and availability.

Most job seekers are looking for work that allows them to be amongst people with similar values

2. Put yourself in your candidates’ shoes

Once your job posting is written, it’s time to get it in front of the right people. 

You can of course turn to tried and trusted job boards such as Indeed, but if you’re looking for a team member with specific experience or skills you could also post on specialty job boards for that sector. 

Spend time understanding where your ideal candidates are likely to look when seeking a new role. This will allow you to advertise the role in the best place for them to find it – and that might not even be a job board! 

Many people prefer to rely on their network, so make sure you share the news about your job posting with your connections both online and face to face. Social media is another important avenue for communication – post on LinkedIn and join Facebook groups that might have your ideal candidate in them.

3. Follow a step-by-step hiring process

Once you’ve written the job posting and shared it with your network, you’ve successfully completed Part 1 of the hiring process. But this is where the hard work begins.

To successfully find and select your perfect new team member, you’re going to need to create and stick to an effective screening process.

Without a process to follow, the chances of you hiring the wrong person drastically increase for two reasons.

  1. You might be tempted to hire someone simply because their resume looked pretty. Without a defined criteria to follow, it’s easy to forget the most important things you’re looking for in your new team member.
  2. You could end up picking someone out of desperation if the process drags on because you haven’t planned out how to move forward at each stage.

If either of these scenarios plays out, you’re going to regret hiring that person sooner rather than later.

Instead, set yourself up for success by planning out your hiring process and sticking to it step by step. This will not only save you time and stress, it will help you to identify the perfect candidate without being distracted by those who aren’t a good fit.

You can use our eight-step hiring checklist to help you write a process that works. Click here to download your copy.

Welcome your new team member

By following these three steps, you can be sure that your perfect new team member will be selected in no time. Watch your team, and revenue, grow and get ready to start ticking off those bigger goals now that you know exactly how to find the right people to support your business.

Are you looking for help with hiring your next team member?

Are you ready to hire a new team member for your business, and want to ensure you hire the person who can succeed in the role, make you happy, and positively impact your bottom line?

Growing Your Team can help you write an effective job posting, identify where you should post the position, determine what skill sets and qualities need to be dug into during an interview, and provide you with a bespoke interview guide that focuses on these specific areas. So let’s set up a time to chat! Click here to book your free jump-start consultation

Three Tips to Find the Best Employees for Your Small Business, Growing Your Team, Jamie Van Cuyk, Small Business hiring consulting