How Contractors Can Improve Their Hiring Strategies Part 3
Any business can benefit from improving its hiring strategies. Ask anyone from a chef to a business owner to a West Palm construction lawyer—staying ahead of the competition is pivotal to your success. It is especially important for the construction industry at this point in time, since the labor shortage has contractors vying for the best talent.
In Part 1, we discussed how to identify character and commitment in a potential new hire. Part 2 was about screening prerequisite skills, the benefits of hiring ahead of time, and the importance of checking references. Today we will cover how to honestly evaluate your hiring process and think outside the box. If you’d like to skip ahead to Part 4, you’ll find information on how you can make your company an inviting workplace for potential new employees.
Evaluate Your Hiring Process
The hiring process is like your company’s gatekeeper. Having a lackadaisical or outdated approach to the hiring process is like letting the gatekeeper sleep on the job.
Take an honest look at how you hire new talent. Make sure the job listings you post online are more than just brief overviews; rather, they should be detailed descriptions that give a reader a realistic assessment of the role. Make sure interviews are more than just casual talks.
It helps to have a second set of eyes and ears, too. Even if the final decision belongs to you, make sure to get a second opinion before officially hiring a given candidate.
Think Outside the Box
Are you pursuing every avenue when it comes to finding new talent?
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to hiring, but breaking out of it comes with major potential payoff.
The following means of outreach can help widen your net:
- Career fairs
- Employee referrals (don’t forget to offer a small referral bonus for referrals that work out!)
- Indeed and other employment websites
- Personal referrals
- Radio ads
- Social media
- Visits to local high schools, community colleges, and tech schools
Perhaps not every one of these options is appealing and/or available to you, but utilizing a combination of different outreach strategies is always a good idea. Different channels cover different demographics. For example, perhaps your social media campaign or community college outreach will succeed in attracting energetic young workers while your newspaper ad brings in a seasoned construction manager.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.