Job descriptions: helping small business

A written job description can help you, your business and your employee to thrive. All businesses suffer when an employee’s performance isn’t meeting the needs of the business. Often when looking into the issue, the employee isn’t always completely clear on what’s required of them, or how they fit into the business (see our earlier article on this topic). Other businesses have a blank-page approach to the role and then find out too late that not considering (or confirming with the employee) …

Options for finding the right candidates for your job…

Planning and targeting will save you time and help build a strong team Now you know the kind of person and skills you’re looking for and you’ve captured that in a job description – how do you find them and attract them to your business? Before you start to spread the word about the role – think two things: #planning and #targeting Planning Like any task in your business, recruitment will take time. Things to plan in advance: how will you manage the recruitment …

Identifying the ‘right candidate’

Hiring someone who’s wrong for your business can be costly. Anecdotal evidence suggests that time starved businesses often concentrate on filling a gap right now versus finding the ‘right candidate’ who will add value and strengthen the business. In this case, the future under-performance of an employee can often be traced back to the interview process where a candidate’s skills and knowledge compared to the job you need done is incorrectly matched… and whose fault is the future under-performance in …

How do I know they can really do the job?

A clear recruitment procedure – which can be very practical and tailored to your small business – involving some standardised approaches can help you save time and headaches later on. Be clear about the skills and experience you really need this person to have Prepare two or three questions to find out more about their experience – and don’t be shy to probe for specific details. If the person talks about what the team achieved, or what “we did…”, ask them what …