Recruit In Haste, Repent At Leisure

The mere thought of recruiting new staff makes many hearts sink and it’s all too easy in the heat of the moment, (e.g. you find yourself with a vacancy as the result of a resignation or promotion), to launch headlong into the search for a replacement without thinking through the real needs of the business – not just today, but with an eye to future, as the company grows and develops.

Before you go ahead and hire a replacement in the exact likeness of the most recent incumbent take time to carry out a Gap Analysis for your business. This involves first assessing where you are now, then where you want to be in say 3-5 years’ time and finally, an honest assessment about the changes you need to make in order to get you there. One of the headings in your analysis should be People – is your current structure and team aligned to your strategy and future state? Or should you be using this opportunity to consider moving people within the existing team to match their skills to the current/future reality and recruiting the right candidate(s) to fill the gaps? Do you currently have job descriptions that set out the role purpose, responsibilities and reporting structure, etc. and what about Person Profiles to outline the skills and behaviours necessary to fulfil the role successfully? These documents are valuable (i) in making us think about what we genuinely need, and (ii) communicating that clearly to the jobholder. NB These are not set in stone, but should be up-dated as circumstances change.

Having established the nature of the beast you are now looking for, you can start the hunt!

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If you would like to learn more about how you could improve your ability to recruit the right candidates for the right roles in your business give us a call for a no pressure analysis of your current system and a discussion about who to move forward. Alternatively, why not join our Recruitment Workshop, which will give you all the procedures, tools and skills you need?

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The AuthorFran McArthur is a no-nonsense Business Coach and Trainer with Your Ideal Business Partner. She works with leaders of small and medium sized enterprises, who are interested in taking their organisations to the next level. If you would like to discuss your aspirations and how she might help you achieve them, (that’s a coffee and no sales pressure), give her a call on 07789 520205.