If you’re looking to hire new employees or build a strong entrepreneurial team, there are a few tips and simple steps that you should be following. This article details the key aspects or steps of a business recruitment plan that will allow you to direct, plan, and execute your next hire.
Step One: Have an Actual Written Recruitment Plan
Your business will need to have a plan as to the entire recruitment process, the rationale for the jobs, and all associated documentation and guidelines. There may be a need for software or additional personnel to go through applications and cover letter samples to show what you’re looking for. Document and ensure that this plan has a related timeframe, the financial budget, and that everyone involved is aware and on board.
Step Two: Share Any Adverts Widely and Network Appropriately
Marketing or sharing the recruitment advertisement is an essential part of getting the right people to apply. The business must make use of all the networks and other business stakeholders at its disposal to share the advert as widely as possible. Keep in mind that, the wider the net is cast, the more likely you are to secure the best applicants.
Step Three: Communicate and Follow Up
You will need to communicate and follow up with all those who have applied. It’s just professional to let everyone know where they are in the process and if they have made it to the next stage in the application or hiring process. If there are too many applicants, then at least make it clear from the outset what the timeframes are and who is likely to be contacted. For example, you could outline that only those who make it to interview will be contacted, and if you don’t hear from us in two weeks, then you have not been successful on this occasion.
Step Four: Be Honest and Transparent
Let those who have been interviewed and have interacted with the business and your brand know as soon as possible as to what has happened regarding their application and why they’ve not been offered the job or why they have. Applicants that have been treated professionally and enjoyed the recruitment process will share this with others and enable the next recruitment drive to possibly gain wider acknowledgement and more responses.
Step Five: Enjoy and Learn from the Process
Recruitment and hiring aren’t necessarily all about the destination of the people that you hire, but much can be learnt from the process itself and, as such, it is vital to see the entire recruitment process from start to finish as a learning process for the business.
Recruiting for your business can simply be outsourced and a team of staffing professionals should be able to get you the employees you need, but unless you are involved to some extent, the likelihood of finding a perfect match is slim. Having a recruitment plan, such as the simple ideas presented here, will allow it to be implemented by an external source or internally, but ensure that either way you have predetermined the process and your specific recruitment needs.