As a business owner, it’s likely you’ll look at recruitment in one of two ways. The first is that it is a necessary evil; you need staff and therefore have to go through the recruitment process, but it’s not something you enjoy.
The second is that it’s a chance to make some changes and improve the business, and recruitment is, therefore, something to be thought of as a positive rather than a negative.
Ideally, it’s the second way of thinking that you should have when it comes to recruiting new employees. After all, when you take anyone new on, you are growing your business and getting ever closer to your ultimate goal.
However, if finding new team members is still something you don’t like to do, here are some ideas to help you and they all revolve around technology. When you use technology in your recruitment process, the results are much more impressive.
1. Eliminate Geographic Barriers
If you were to hire someone in the traditional way, that would mean limiting the people who could apply for the position.
The only people who would feel able to put themselves forward would be those who could commute to your offices – or those who might relocate (although this would involve a number of costs that might not be something you would consider).
Yet are these the best candidates? What if the best person for the job actually lives on the other side of the country or even in a different country altogether?
This is where technology can help. When you use technology, like setting up remote working options and collaborative tools, you can hire the right person, not just the person who happens to live closest.
You can widen your pool of candidates and choose the one who is going to move your business forward. There are no more geographic barriers, and when you have good payroll management, even different currencies won’t be an issue.
2. Outsource Work
Of course, if your business is not big enough to take someone on full-time, outsourcing could be the ideal way to work. In this way, you only pay for the work that’s done, meaning that if there is no additional work to outsource, you’ll save money – if you had an employee, you would have to pay them even if there was nothing for them to do. So how does technology help with this?
One option is to use the cloud, for example. You can upload all your documents safely and securely, and a third party can – with your permission – access those documents to work on them.
You can also use collaboration tools just like you would with remote employees. Remember, recruitment doesn’t have to mean taking someone on in a full or even part-time capacity; it might mean outsourcing, and this is certainly something to consider.
3. Be Prepared For The Future
It’s fine to have a good number of excellent candidates apply for your position, and it’s great to be able to interview them to find out more about them. However, as much as they will want to impress you, they will also want to be impressed by you.
They won’t want to come to work for someone whose company is behind the times, especially if there are no geographic barriers, as they have millions of businesses they could potentially work for.
If you want to recruit the best, you need to be the best, and that means being prepared for the future.
Whether it’s up-to-date software, automation, the most modern marketing, flexible working, or anything else, using technology to ensure this happens and that the best candidates actually want to work for you is vital.