Problem: I need staff at short notice
Social media SOS
There are lots of strategies you can employ – no pun intended – if you need staff tout de suite. If you’re looking for relatively unskilled staff to work at a café, behind a bar or to help fulfil warehouse orders, Facebook should be your first port of call. Post a message letting your contacts know you’re looking for casuals and ask them to share your post to spread the word even further. For work that requires a higher skill level, LinkedIn is your friend. Let’s say you’re looking for a barista, simply enter ‘barista’ together with your location into the site’s search engine and it will present you with a plethora of options who you can then contact.
It’s also worth looking at online casual staff portals such as spotjobs.com, which is used by big-name businesses such as fast food restaurant Pizza Hut, department store David Jones and supermarket Coles to find reliable staff, and small businesses are welcome too. Check in with spotjobs.com for the details, but pricing varies depending on how long you list the job and whether or not the listing is promoted (which may be money well spent if you’re in a tight spot).
Don’t forget local universities and TAFEs when you’re looking for staff. There are lots of students with time on their hands at the end of the year, so contact the switchboard to find out who’s the best person to talk to about hiring their talent. Do your research and make sure the institution you talk to offers courses in your industry. So if you’re a café, connect with a school that has a hospitality course.
Another option is Workstay, a dedicated site that connects businesses with students and travellers looking for work. If you go down this route, just make sure international candidates are eligible to work in Australia.
Problem: I need staff, but I also need to keep costs down
Escalating staff costs isn’t just a problem at Christmas; it’s an issue for businesses all year round. But one of the benefits of a globalised world is access to staff in lower-cost economies. If you’re looking for staff to perform tasks which can easily be done remotely, such as data entry, computer programming or graphic design, sites such as Airtasker, Freelancer, eLance and Upwork might do the trick.
You can search by skill and check the candidate’s reputation in their profile plus chat to them about rates before locking in the work. Convenience aside, the real value of these sites is in delivering fast access to cost-effective professionals who are eager to get on with your tasks.
Problem: I have no time to recruit new people
It’s Christmas and you’re hard pressed meeting orders and managing the business. There’s simply no time to vet candidates, but you’re desperate for quality staff.
If this sounds like you, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a range of online tools you can use to help collate resumes and decide which candidates to interview. One option is Recruiterbox, software that allows you to collect resumes from email attachments, create candidate profiles and easily search resumes for the skills you need. Recruiterbox is free for five users.
Another free tool is iKrut, which really is recruiting on steroids. You can use the site to post a job and candidates send resumes through the site, which has heaps of cool tools to help you find the right applicant. You can even use it to arrange interviews.
Seek and Spotless
Don’t forget you can also use the more traditional recruitment options like Seek, a local recruitment platform where you can post jobs, but it is a more expensive option. Another option is Spotless, which has a reputation for finding staff such as cleaners and hospitality workers. To find rates, have a chat with the team at Spotless about your specific job needs.
Delegate, take a break
As you can see, there’s a host of different options for you to find and manage staff this Christmas, hopefully helping to keep the stress levels down and even give you the option of taking a well-earned rest.
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