So it’s that time again…

It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business just starting or if your business is growing, now it’s time to start looking for new employees. Many business owners cringe at the thought of starting this process. First, they have to gather information about the job and then write some generic “help wanted” post to get applicants. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?

The good news is it doesn’t have to be with a few tricks and tips. You can make the entire recruitment process painless and straightforward. Furthermore, you’ll likely start to see that hiring new employees is an upside instead of a task to be dreaded. To make things easier, you need to follow a few simple steps.

1. Assess Your Business Needs

Instead of posting a generic profile on random job sites, take a minute to decide your hiring needs. If you know this information, then you can set realistic goals of the number of people you need to hire and the qualifications you’re looking for.

  • How many positions are available?

Can you hire 1-2 employees with more hours to fulfill the needed duties, or does it make more sense to hire more employees with fewer hours? Many times you’ll find that you can hire fewer employees. This may help you avoid having to fire or lay people off in the future.

  • What skills are needed for each position? 

If there are multiple positions available, determine the skills necessary for applicants to be successful. This will help ensure that you hire the right person for the job and help you limit applicants.

  • Create a list of hard and soft skills 

There are hard skills and soft skills needed in every job. Some of these skills are more essential than others. For instance, if you need an accountant, a hard skill needed is that they have to be excellent at math and know tax laws. Something not as important is if they file their information numerically or alphabetically.

2. Write Eye-Catching Job Descriptions

In July, the number of available jobs was over 10 billion. With the lack of applicants, this means you’re going to have to work hard to attract the right candidate. This is especially true for businesses that are just starting or that aren’t as established as larger companies. There are a few things you can do to help make your job more attractive.

  • Make your needs clear

If you let people know the skills you are looking for right off the bat, it’ll help draw in suitable applicants. In addition to letting people know what you are looking for, it also lets them know what you’re not looking for.

  • Tell your company’s story

Defining and telling who your company is to potential candidates will filter out those who would enjoy working for your company and those who wouldn’t. If individuals don’t like what the business stands for, they’re probably not going to stick around, and you will have wasted your time and money for nothing.

  • Keep the job description clear and concise 

Don’t overwhelm potential candidates with too much information. Be specific about what the position entails and what is expected of them.

3. Offer Employee Perks

There are times you aren’t going to be able to offer the highest salary. In these times, you can do something such as offer perks that other companies don’t. There are many times that what the job can offer is more valuable than what they pay. The good news is many of these perks won’t cost a thing.

  • Flexible Hours

This is one of the best ways to attract employees. If possible, you could offer them the ability to work remotely as well. Many companies are discovering that by allowing employees to work remotely, they are saving money and improving productivity.

  • Pet Friendly 

This depends on the type of business you’re running. If you have a large corporation, this may not be your best bet. If you decide to offer this perk, you need to ensure none of your employees have allergies.

  • Casual Dress Day

Many businesses do this. It’s something that everyone looks forward to. And if it’s casual Friday, this is a bonus to being off on the weekend.

  • Offer Coupons or Discounts For Local Restaurants

Everyone loves a free or discounted meal. Offer your employees monthly drawing for a free meal or surprise them occasionally with a discount for their favorite restaurant. This type of perk will improve job satisfaction.

Employee recruitment can be a long, arduous search. When you hire someone, you want to make sure they are the right candidate for the job. Don’t spend time and energy on things that no longer work; instead, find ways to draw the right candidtes to you.