I really need to hire a new project manager, but our company is small and I’m currently managing the projects and so much more myself. I just do not have time to go through the hiring process. I’m hoping you have some insights to help me get out of this cycle.
The world of ownership is stressful! Trying to grow a business is exciting, frustrating, and likely filled with growing pains. Hiring is one of them. There are several ways you can go about this.
Of course, this is the obvious answer. Using a recruiter will definitely cut back on the time investment needed from you – however, you do still need to be part of the process! If you are going to hire a recruiter, be prepared to respond about potential candidates within 24 hours of them landing in your inbox. Plus, you need to be able to set aside time for a formal interview with them within a few days of receiving them as a candidate.
The beauty of working with a recruiter, like our team at Wylander, is we do alleviate a lot of the time pressures. For example, we do the first phone interview for you. We will also set up all the interviews, do background checks, ask them to complete any assessments, present job offers, send links for background checks, and so on. All communication with the candidate will go through us – so you truly don’t need to manage the process at all. You just need to respond to emails, conduct interviews, and answer a few phone calls.
You are going to need to set aside some time for recruiting. So, while I completely understand that you’re swamped – hiring does take time and effort. However, it doesn’t have to be as intentional as you think. Do you go to any marketing or sales-type meetings like Rotary or something else in your community? How about church? Or, how often do you frequent the local hardware store or home improvement store? These are all great places to build relationships and find potential employees without spending hours behind your computer combing through resumes.
Here’s the deal: you should always be recruiting.
We have seen many companies hire people they’ve worked with for years in other capacities. Subcontractors, for example, might be looking to work for a bigger company with more steady work and benefits. Or, that great customer service person you work with on a daily basis at the Lowe’s ProServices desk. Or maybe it’s that group of young guys you see working out at the gym every morning who might be looking to make better money than their current jobs, and find a career. Wherever you are, take note of the people around you. It’s not uncommon for us to hear stories of contractors “courting” a potential employee for a year, or two, or more before finally getting them on board. By then, that new employee really knows they’re wanted and will be valued with the company – and you know that new hire pretty well in return.
Another important aspect here is getting involved in your community. If there is a college nearby, make sure you have a booth at the career fair. Same with local high schools! If there is a job fair – be there. If there is a career day – be there. If there is a shop class at a local school, offer some hands-on experience and training.
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