I was having a one to one with a member of my business network this week and we were talking about how hard it is to find good candidates. The candidates that I looking for are skilled experienced people with proven ability in their professional careers. We talked about the price of taking on good professionals and how it seems to be a real sticking point for growing businesses “ I need the extra skills and expertise but we can’t afford a full time person” is something I keep hearing at the moment.
Will you be recruiting to achieve growth?
The media via the government are telling us that this is the year for small businesses, this is the year when we are going to see growth in small businesses and new ventures. What will you do to achieve this growth and ride this wave of success and expansion? Do you have the bandwidth to encompass this growth? Will you be thinking about recruitment?
Wondering about what you need to do?
Having made the decision that you need to take someone on to work with you in order for your business to grow, you will need to give some thought as to how you are going to do that.
Perhaps you don’t have much experience of recruiting and are wondering where to start.
With who? Based on what? How will success be measured? You don’t want to be in a position to be coming to the end of a probationary period and discover that you don’t really know if things are working out and if you should confirm or extend probation and how to do that. Having all these things in place, at this stage will protect you from difficulties in the future. Read more “First Employee Starting Soon?”
Are you going to be interviewing soon?
How are you feeling about it? Confident prepared and relaxed? Sure that you are going to get the best candidate for your vacancy?
This recent spate of Bank Holidays and the little bit of warm weather we have had comes along with the encouraging news that the UK economy is picking up. My role as a professional recruiter and MD of Better People Ltd means that I am always talking to business owners and a current them seems to be that they are all looking to recruit someone new into their business in the next 12 months. Read more “Business is Looking Up”
So you have some promising candidates on your shortlist, you have sorted out how much you can afford to pay, what the “add on” costs are, what equipment you need , potential start dates – could someone start next Monday if they were available to do so? If they give a months’ notice to their existing employer – are you ready for them to start then?
Do you have a training programme in place? A contract, a performance review process, an employee handbook? So now it only remains to carry out your interviews so that you can secure the right person to join you in your business.
Business is looking up and you need to employ someone to work with you, haven’t recruited anyone before? – how are you going to go about this recruitment?
This recent spate of Bank Holidays and the little bit of warm weather we have had, comes along with the encouraging news that the UK economy is picking up. My role as a professional recruiter and MD of Better People Ltd, means that I am always talking to business owners and a current them seems to be that they are all looking to recruit someone new into their business in the next 12 months. Some of them have worked with agencies before and not been impressed,
It seems to me after the week I have had that some people are totally unaware that they mustn’t discriminate on grounds of age and need to be reminded that it is illegal! You cannot tell your recruiter that you don’t want someone who is going to leave and have babies, nor can you say that someone is too old for the job!… So below you can read about The Equality Act and what you are not allowed to do on grounds of age. Fresh from the ACAS website.