Published on February 26th, 2014 | by admin

How Can Small Businesses Recruit The Right People?

According to a recent survey undertaken by KPMG, 75 per cent of SMEs are now more confident about their prospects than in the previous 12 months so growth and expansion plans are firmly back on the agenda.

The days of simply creating a job advert are long gone and the brightest pool of talent is highly sought after, so here’s some ideas to help shape potential recruitment plans:

Don’t wait for talent to find you: Note that the most successful businesses proactively seek talented people they want and often approach them informally to gauge their interest so now it’s time to follow suit.

Consider looking beyond your industry: Remember that many skills in the workplace are actually transferable and a candidate with the right personality and ambition might actually be more beneficial in the long term than specific industry knowledge.

Be flexible: Wherever possible have an open mind and offer flexible working patterns as the best candidates for a vacancy might not want to join your firm as a full-time in-house employee. In addition, remote working is increasingly a viable option. Constant technological advances and access to computing accessories mean working from home using office equipment such as webcams is certainly a viable option.

Offer a competitive salary package: Agreeing a suitable remuneration package with a candidate will help ensure they will become a loyal and valued member of staff so research the market thoroughly to understand pay scales relevant to industry experience.

Select recruitment firms carefully: Bear in mind that smaller recruitment firms are likely to be more flexible about the services they can offer and they will have lower overheads.

Effectively utilise social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In are not only useful to screen applicant suitability but can also be extremely cost-effective for attracting interest from specific target audiences.


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