Do you ever wonder about what it would take for you to hire rock stars for your teams? We compiled some insights to help you navigate what is sometimes the murky world of hiring. Put these tips in practice to help you build better teams.
1. Always be on the lookout for good talent. Some folks we talk to like to wait until they have a specific project or need before they start looking for workers. Don’t be one of those people. You should get in the habit of constantly paying attention to the folks you interact with on a daily basis and thinking about what strengths and skills they bring to the table. Are you interacting with people who have the potential to be A-players on your team with a bit of exposure and experience? Take the time to visualize where your business is headed and hire for the skills you will need to get to your destination. Don’t just focus on hiring for the moment.
2. If something is broken, fix it! You may have a history of hiring workers a certain way, but just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s the best or only way to do so. Things change and your approach should change too. Thirty years ago people relied on a telephone that was fixed in place and relied on telephone cords and jacks to function. Compare that visual to your cell phone. I bet you’d agree that the cell phone brings a whole lot more value to your life than the earlier iteration. You don’t have to rely on word of mouth, staffing agencies, career fairs or chance encounters to find and hire workers. You can try a service like BigHire where you pay a subscription fee that lets you access a wide range of workers with all sorts of trade and work experiences.
3. Think for the long term. We come across lots of owners who are only thinking about the current or next project. Their hiring plan is all about filling immediate gaps. We get it, you’re running a business, you’re not just hiring people to sit around. All we’re saying is think long and hard about the type of talent you hire next time you have a need. Make sure you are hiring someone with versatile skills and a depth of experience that you can leverage in a variety of positions.
4. Don’t hire the first worker you meet. Have you ever heard the saying don’t go food shopping on an empty stomach? Similar principle here. Don’t hire someone just because you’ve found them when you’re desperate and running out of time to finish a project. Those are some of the moments in which you may find yourself looking past flaws and red flags that you’ll regret sooner or later. It’s better to take the time and find the person who’s the right long-term fit for your role and company. Those folks are out there, you can try looking them on BigHire.
Comment below to let us know how you’re putting them into action.