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Did you know it takes on average 42 days and $4,129 to hire a new employee?

If you don’t know how to find good employees, you risk wasting time and money dealing with turnover and disruption. Your business and customers can suffer from poor performance and low morale as well.

When it comes to finding the right employees, you need to do some planning and fine-tune your recruitment strategies. Not only do you need to look for qualifications but also a culture fit.

We’ll show you how to recruit employees more effectively with these four tips.

  1. Plan Your Job Descriptions Carefully

Determining what exactly your new employee should have is a key part of small business planning.

When making a job post, you may feel tempted to rush through listing the job description, skills, and experience needed. However, you risk forgetting an important item, mentioning outdated skills, or creating an unclear list of duties that turns off candidates.

Instead, spend time creating a detailed job description that reflects the real day-to-day duties of the position. At the same time, think of what kind of personality the candidate should have and include those traits alongside the hard skills and experience.

  1. Look at Your Existing Network First

When employing new talent, you should look at possible candidates you might already know. Perhaps you interviewed someone in the past who was great but just not the right fit for that role.

You might also have employees who can refer experienced candidates who will fit in well with your company’s culture. So, start asking around for referrals!

  1. Use a Targeted Hiring Method

Like many companies, you might think it’s best to just post your job ad on all the major hiring websites and your company’s website. But this can bring in a huge number of applications that you can’t screen effectively.

Instead, consider avenues like LinkedIn and staffing agencies. LinkedIn makes it easy to see candidates’ skills and activities before you reach out to them. Staffing agencies screen candidates and can suggest people who have exactly what you’re looking for.

  1. Fine-Tune Your Screening Process

Whether you’re sorting through applications or doing phone screenings, just asking about your candidates’ skills and experience and giving some assessments won’t suffice. Finding the right employees also requires learning about their values and preferences so that you know they’ll fit in with your staff.

Since the last thing you’ll want is to hire someone who quits soon after, ask the candidate why they want to work for your company. Also, learn about their goals and interests and how those tie in with working for you. This will help you sort out the non-serious and poor-fitting applicants.

Now You Know How to Recruit Employees Better

Finding the right employees may not always be easy, but doing some work to tweak your human resources strategy will go a long way.

When you do find great candidates, you’ll want to take some steps to keep them informed during the hiring process and sell your company as one of the best employers. After they come onboard, you might also get to tap into their professional networks to find more great people!

If you enjoyed learning how to recruit employees, check out our other guides for small businesses.

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