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The labour market is currently a seller's market
The people you employ can make or break your business. Here's how to
ensure you're attracting and selecting the best candidates.
There's no foolproof method of recruiting, but if you invest the
necessary time and effort into the process then you will more often
than not hire people who are assets to your organisation.
1. Writing the job ad
The labour market is currently a seller's market and you're looking
to convince those sellers it's a smart move to sell to you. Don't gild
the lily when it comes to the demands of the job, but focus on what
you have to offer employees when it comes to remuneration, training
programs, opportunities for advancement and a friendly workplace culture.
2. Placing the job ad
SEEK has become the default option, but there are many other online
job boards, including ones that specialise in a particular industry.
Keep in mind that many people search the paper rather going online
when job hunting. You may also wish to ask existing employees to refer
someone, put a ‘staff wanted' sign up or get in touch with the local
TAFE to see if they can connect you with jobseekers.
If you've done a good job advertising the position, you should
receive plenty of applications, typically consisting of a CV and cover
letter. Do your first cull, eliminating those who are obviously
unsuited to the role. If there are still lots of candidates remaining,
do brief telephone interviews to determine who to get in for a
When interviewing applicants in person, have a list of open-ended
questions prepared. Remember that the purpose of the interview is
twofold: first, to determine whether the person has the skills to do
the job and second, whether their personality will be a good fit with
4. Reference checking
Many a disastrous hiring decision could have been averted had the
employer checked references. Make sure to pay attention to what the
referee doesn't say about the candidate as well as what they do say.
A final tip – don't leave interviewees hanging. Make a job offer
quickly to avoid the person you want being snapped up by someone else,
and have the courtesy to inform the unsuccessful candidates they've
missed out this time.