I need to take on my first staff member but don’t know where to start

I need to take on my first staff member but don’t know where to start 

Growing  your  business  means  you  have  too  much  work  to  take  on  yourself,  so  it’s  finally  time  to  take  on  your  first  staff  member.   

But where  do  you  start?  Let us  give  you  a  few  tips.  

First,  you  need  to  document  a  job  description,  so  you  are  clear  exactly  what  tasks  the  role  will  fulfil.  Then,  give  consideration  to  the  person  specification:  what  experience,  qualifications  or  qualities  will  make  the  ideal  candidate?  Here you’ll  need  to  consider  your  recruitment  process.  Are you  going  to  recruit  yourself?  If  so,  you’ll  need  to  know  how  and  where  you’re  going  to  advertise  your  vacancy  and  draft  an  advert  to  attract  the  right  people  to  your  business.  However,  you  may  be  inundated  with  CVs,  and  sifting  through  these  can  be  very  time  consuming,  particularly  if  you’re  not  entirely  sure  what  you’re  looking  for. 

 A  good  alternative  is  to  advertise  through  a  recruitment  agency;  they  will  post  an  advert  for  you  and  screen  applicants  before  sending  you  those  with  the  most  potential.  The  drawback  here  however  is  that  you  will  have  to  pay  for  the  services  of  a  recruitment  agency,  but  it  will  save  you  a  great  deal  of  precious  time.  Another  thing  you  will  need  to  consider  is  the  package  you  plan  to  offer  with  the  role.  How much  are  you  going  to  pay  them?  How many  days’  holiday  per  year  will  they  get?  The  best  way  to  gauge  this  is  to  browse  job  sites  for  similar  roles  and  create  benchmarks  of  what  other  people  are  offering  for  the  same  job.  This  gives  you  an  idea  of  what  applicants  will  be  expecting,  and  it  gives  you  the  opportunity  to  give  yourself  an  edge  while  competing  for  applicants  with  a  competitive  salary  or  staff  benefits.  

Once  you  have  shortlisted  your  best  applicants,  you’re  going  to  want  to  interview  them.  Consider  what  your  ideal  employee  looks  like  in  terms  of  experience,  qualifications  and  training,  then  construct  questions  that  will  extract  this  information  for  you.   

Finally,  at  the  end  of  all  that  hard  workyou’ll  have  your  first  employeeFor  more  information  on  recruitingor  to  book  a  Free  Review,  call  on  0844  8797286.

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Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

10 Associates

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