Congratulations! Your business is growing. It’s time to celebrate, but it’s also time for you to hire more employees. Although business growth is an exciting phase, adding headcount can be tricky because it carries its own share of risks.
Your recruitment process may be robust, but you need to consider these things before expanding your workforce:
1. Create a Scalable Recruitment Process
Before you step into the job market to let people know you’re hiring, create a job description that clearly reflects your company values and mission. Your aim should be attracting job seekers who are willing to embrace your company’s ideology.
Additionally, consider automating your recruitment process. There is an abundance of tech, such as Applicant Tracking System available, which has been developed to streamline your recruitment process. From candidate sourcing to managing them, from creating perfect job ads to sending emails, an ATS can do it all.
The technology does much more than just automate the process. It saves times and frees up resources so that you can focus your time and energy on the other most important aspects of recruitment.
2. Audit Your Existing Employees
Before you make a decision to hire, take a long hard look at your existing resources. Ask yourself: Can anyone from the existing lot be perfect for the open role?
Hiring new employees when the opportunities could have been given to the existing employees can do more harm than good. You do not want to take the risk of throwing off the dynamics of the existing employees, who helped you get your company to its current level.
3. Identify Your Hiring Need
Don’t jump the guns without taking the time to figure out what talent you need to scale your business. Ask yourself these questions:
- If you need sales talent, does your existing sales team simply make do with an assistant to take on their admin tasks?
- Is your marketing department equipped enough to handle the sudden surge of growth?
- Do you need a full time or part time employee?
4. Involve Your Team
Your existing team has a huge part to play in getting your company to where it is now, so engage your team in the recruitment process.
Let them know about your plans to expand the team. It’s a great way to show them that you value their opinions and the contribution they have made.
Your employees may also help you with their insights on what talent will help improve their process. If possible, involve them in the interviews or start an employee referral program.
5. Create a Robust Onboarding Process
Although understated, onboarding is critical to business and to the new employee. It helps the employee get settled in the system.
Set clear expectations on the first day itself. A robust onboarding process helps in boosting employee retention and increasing employee productivity.
Small business recruiting is hard work. So, be prepared to grease your elbow. Follow these tips for hiring employees to expand your team and set up your business for success.
Kelly Barcelos is a progressive digital marketing manager for Jobsoid. She is responsible for leading the content and social media teams at work. Her expertise and experience in the field of HR enables her to create value-driven content for her readers - both on Jobsoid's blog and other guest blogs where she publishes content regularly.