Guide to Hiring Employees

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Going from an employee to the employer can be a transition many of us feel a little dubious about.

It’s a big step up and the responsibility to take someone on and be their main source of income is always a pretty big deal so it’s always going come with a bit of pressure.

There are a few steps and tips we advise you follow become employing individuals to help your business so you’re a business owner who is considering taking on someone for the first time, take a look at some of the top tips from the Business Century community.

Make Sure You’re Certain

Hiring your first employee should be approached with caution and due diligence.

Really consider your options, look at your finances and workload and make a decision if you can afford the commitment of hiring someone.

Consider your Options

You may be struggling to cope with your current workload, but does it really warrant having someone working for you full time?

If you just need someone to pick up the slack or help you on an admin basis then consider hiring someone for 10-20 hours a week.

If you need a little more than why not consider hiring a freelancer to work either remotely or within your office, then they just bill you for the work they do.

This work may include accounting, manufacturing, Website design, marketing and public relations and if you need an admin, even administrative assistants can be hired on a virtual basis now online.

How to Hire

Hiring employees can be a minefield and the first step to finding the right candidate is getting yourself on job sites, making sure the job application is correct and you’re being seen. Websites such as EmploySee, where your job postings are privately shared only with candidates that match your requirements can be a good option to consider.

If you have a big or interactive social media following or email database then why not try this method before paying for a job site to host your role.

Finding the Right Candidate

Sifting through hundreds of CV’s can be a long, tiring and very boring process.

On applications, you can specify if candidates have for example. ‘3 years’ experience’, ‘1st class degree’, ‘personal PR contact book’. This will help you refine the applications and make it a little easier for you.

You can also use companies such as Checkr to confirm that the candidates can do what their resume claims. For instance, if the position requires a clean driving license, they can confirm this for you, allowing you to narrow down the candidates faster. After you’ve narrowed down your list of applicants, you’ll probably want to figure out how to contact them. This might be accomplished with the help of a sophisticated search tool like RocketReach.

Hold Trial Days

There is always the danger of hiring someone who isn’t quite right. You’ll be surprised to learn that many individuals lie or elaborate on their CV so they have a better chance of being hired for the job that they are interviewing for. Or, they may generally be quite good in interviews.

This is why it’s always vital to hold trial days or even a trial week before you sign contracts. One thing I would say is whittle down your options then invite them in for a few days each to see how you get on, what their work ethic is like and get to know them outside of a formal interview environment. From here, you will find it much easier to separate the applicants that have used trustworthy resume writing services like from those who have lied about their skills and experience. It is definitely something worth considering if you want to find the best people for the job.

Implement a HR Department

You may not have a HR department but you need to make sure everything is up to scratch such as tax, holidays, sick pay, working rights and contracts.

This is so important not only for your safety but for the employee’s security and without this, you may find you have fewer candidates applying which may hinder your search.

Are you a small business who has experience in employing? Let us know and share your tips with us here at Business Century.

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