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Arlington Heights business law attorneysLarge, multinational companies seem to always be hiring. Proof of this can be seen in a typical Walmart where touchscreen application kiosks have replaced resumes and cover letters. Of course, a large company like Walmart may have a constant need for new employees, but it is also better insulated against hiring mistakes. As a small business owner, hiring the wrong person can be quite costly, and the process itself can consume valuable time and resources. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent expensive mistakes and to make the recruitment process more efficient.

Know the Landscape

You may think you know where to find the best candidates, but are you certain? Before posting a job opening, it is a good idea to do your homework on where to find qualified applicants. This could include various online job posting sites, as well as local colleges, universities, and trade schools. You may be surprised to learn that there are more qualified candidates looking for jobs than you initially thought.

Be Specific About the Job

When you post an opening, you should already know what that employee’s role in your company will be. Avoid the temptation to create a general listing. Instead, be specific about the duties of the position and how the new  employee will fit into your culture and business plan. Be sure to list required skills and expectations, as well as possible challenges. The best candidates will be motivated to take on these challenges, giving them an advantage over the rest of the applicants.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyFor business owners, the holiday season can mean an influx of new customers as well as an increase in the strain put on employees. In order to help manage the increased demand during the holidays, many business owners choose to hire seasonal employees. There are many benefits to hiring temporary workers to help ease the load on full-time staff, however there are also many pitfalls to be wary of. If you are planning to hire seasonal employees for your business, keep the following things in mind.

Make Sure the Job Description is Detailed and Accurate

When writing job advertisements for seasonal positions it is especially important to be specific about what the job actually entails. In the job description, be clear about the nature of the job, the work environment, the work schedule, and what tasks employees will be expected to complete. Include a description of the skills or experience you desire in an ideal candidate. Include information about any incentives or bonuses for which seasonal employees may qualify.

Start Earlier Than You Think You Should

It may be too late to start the hiring process for the current holiday season, but experts say it is never too soon to start strategizing about hiring seasonal employees. Creating a seasonal hiring plan along with deadlines for hiring seasonal employees can help you stay on track. Start advertising holiday seasonal jobs at the end of summer in order to guarantee that you will have staff by crunch time.

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