How to find staffOnce you have decided on your roles that you have available, the job descriptions (covered in the next chapter), how those roles fit into the organisation chart, what their objectives are, and the terms of their employment, it’s time to start looking for employees.
There are a number of ways of finding staff, and each industry is different. Some will recruit through the Job Centre and local advertising, whilst others will rely solely on agencies or LinkedIn.
It’s important that you don’t just rely on the “tried and tested” methods within your industry, and instead think outside of the box when it comes to recruitment. Ultimately, recruitment is another promotional activity for your business, and if you can find a way of attracting staff in a low cost way, it is solely because you’ve been able to stand out from other employers.
Some methods of finding staff that are outside the traditional methods of newspapers, the Job Centre and agencies include:
- Careers pages within your website
- Recruitment open days
- Direct headhunting, finding potential staff through LinkedIn
- Registration on online portals for job seekers
- Word of mouth
- Billboard advertising
- Leaflets aimed at your target market
- Staff referral schemes