Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tips to Hire for Busy Season

The cooler temperatures are upon us. Before we know it the holidays will be here. Hiring the staff during these fall months will give you time to secure good talent and fully train new staff before business gets too busy to think!  Build a foundation to set your business up for success.   

Job Description
Take time to define your open positions by what tasks you need them to do. Visualize how this position and person will fit into your culture and brand.  Run your ideas by your existing team for their feedback. Collectively you will drive the best description.

Part-Time verses Full-Time
Evaluate part-time verses full-time staff.  Part-time staff allows you to have more available hands on deck for the price of one. If your part-time hire proves themselves you can promote to full-time. A promotion is an excellent carrot to motivate a new hire to do well.

Partner with local beauty schools to offer an internship. These extra hands can help out with clean up, folding towels, answering phones while the student is learning the industry. If you find a great fit, this could lead to a possible new team member.

Network with your product suppliers for potential candidates. Your vendors will know people with industry experience.  Tap your business neighbors or your personal community relationships for individuals looking for work.  Referrals often lead to long-term, productive staff members. 

Get the word out
Advertise what you are looking for via your website, social media efforts, and online ads. Have your staff reach out to their friends and families as well.  The more people who know about your opportunity, the more candidates you will received - and the more likely you will find the right fit.

Now is the time to sure up your staff to maximize your seasonal sales! Have additional tips? Please share in the comments below.

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