The sun is shining, the temperature is rising – and that means it’s time to think about holiday hiring.
It’s true – even though winter may be the last thing on your mind, the time to start thinking about the busy holiday season is now. With the competition for talent so fierce, it’s never too early to put plans in place for seasonal hiring so you don’t miss out on the best candidates.
Here are some tips to help you build the right strategy to hire top talent this coming holiday season:
1. Consider your candidate pool
Before starting the hiring process, it’s important to consider how seasonal and permanent workers differ, because it can alter your hiring approach. Since seasonal workers have to ramp up quickly, there isn’t much time to train. So, workers who already have some experience in your industry are a good target for seasonal roles.
2. Have a clear job description
When writing your job description, be specific about the nature of the job, the type of candidate you are seeking, the skills needed and the responsibilities of the position. Be sure to mention the incentives, such as benefits, discounts and flexible scheduling. And if your salary is competitive, say so, and even consider including compensation ranges within the job description.
3. Think long term
While you may be laser-focused on hiring for the season, think about whether you may want to transition some temporary roles into permanent positions down the line. If that’s the case, it’s another selling point to add to the job description, so potential employees know there’s a chance they may turn their holiday job into a career.
Outsource your sourcing
Let’s face it, you barely have the resources to hire for immediate positions, let alone start recruiting for future roles. That’s why it’s a smart decision to use outside experts to help screen candidates, so you can focus on more pressing priorities.
Consider CareerBuilder Source & Screen , which leverages over 20 years of candidate behavior experience and the latest in labor market data to find, screen and deliver to you the most qualified candidates for your open position, saving you time and money. With Source & Screen, you significantly reduce your time to hire, which not only cuts down on costs but allows you ramp up workers more quickly.
So, while your competition is struggling to recruit come November, you can rest assured knowing you’re way ahead of the curve.