How to Hire Seasonal Staffing
With the summer months approaching many businesses are looking for seasonal staff. This may be due to current staff not being able to fill holes in your schedule, or needing to ramp up for seasonal fluctuations in business. Whether hiring parttime or fulltime staff, for businesses looking to hire seasonal employees, the key to success is to start early. This will ensure that you hire the best help and also that you are well prepared for the seasonal rush.
1. Start early It is always smart to start much earlier than when you actually need staffing. Search all year round. Review your sales plan. Look at last year’s sales and also assess daily needs. This will help determine how many additional staff members are required. The earlier you start the easier it will be to fill job openings with good candidates. Also select candidates who have potential for long term employment.
2. Tap into your resources Chances are that you and other members of your staff have friends in their own personal network that are looking for a job. Ask around. Approach people from your parttime staff list (or floater list) if you have one. They are familiar with your organization and will catch on quickly with day to day operations. Another option is to approach college students who are available, or advertise to seniors. Seniors are an exceptional source of talent. They not only have the flexibility you seek, but also bring experience and confidence. Like older workers, college students have flexibility and because they are beginning to dip their toes into the labor pool, may be ready to work hard and learn.
3. Have your online ad ready Always purchase job postings in bulk so that you can post at a moment’s notice, especially if you manage a business that experiences ebbs and flow in sales that require last minute staffing. Proactive recruiting is especially effective on college campuses where there is always a talented pool of job seekers looking for parttime or seasonal jobs.
4. Train Often Good customer service sets a business apart. The seasonal staff that you hire should also be trained in your philosophy of customer care.Invest time and energy and make sure seasonal staff goes through rigorous training.
5. Comply by Rules The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers puts out a free set of guidelines for navigating rules for seasonal employees. The basic idea is to make sure that all seasonal employees are on the payroll and their employment status is categorized.
6. You still need good candidates Whether you need to fill time slots for a few weeks or a several months, you still need to hire the right people for your business. Seasonal hires come in direct contact with customers. Special care should be taken to hire workers who have a good attitude and temperament.
7. Keep the best seasonal staff on notice Keeping the bench warm with seasonal staff that you hire year over year is the best way to staff up at a moment’s notice. This also means that you cut down on training as you are looking to people who are pretrained. Having a list of goto people that are available when you need them is the best approach for any business that depends on seasonal staffing.