How Small Businesses Find BIG Talent

Large businesses often offer candidates the big brand name, several bonuses and benefits aligning with a large pay package. So, how can small businesses compete with the top guns and recruit the best possible talent? Fortunately, it is quite easy because there are many candidates looking to work in smaller companies. For example, smaller businesses often have less employees therefore the hierarchy is easier to climb and is less competitive. This offers employees more of a chance for career progression. Smaller businesses also offer opportunities in broader job profiles which allows them to build their learning and capabilities where often the larger companies are very job specific. Here are some more ways small businesses can compete with larger ones:

1. Offer competitive compensation

This can vary by industry and how many other roles to the same regard are available. By conducting market research and surveys, a ballpark figure will emerge. From here, creating benefits and perks to add to that or increasing the figure- you will attract the right candidates.

2. Provide a flexible workplace

Most large organizations have the expectation that employees will work normal business hours in their head office. They are unable to support further specific requirements as there are too many employees within their organization. By providing candidates the option to work in different environment, such as from home, or with flexible hours they are more likely to apply for your role. Allowing this point of difference makes your organisation attractive and appealing to a larger pool of candidates. 

3. Don’t use generic job descriptions

Try to change the responsibilities of the ideal candidate by adding extra duties and using less “wordy”, descriptive tasks. Generally, this is provided in bullet points, which is more likely to be read by candidates. Also, try using language that is consistent with your company culture as this will also ensure the right people are found in the talent pool. 

4. Use diversity to your advantage

Most candidates look for diversity before agreeing to signing a contract and commencing a role. For example, women will look for and be wary of gender equality in their workplace. Large organisations can fall into the trap of being too busy to be mindful of this. Therefore smaller companies can use this to their advantage by ensuring a diverse workplace of people from different parts of the world and different genders to attract top talent.

Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s affordable solutions for new roles you are hiring. Also, take a look at our testimonials for feedback from happy clients in small or large organisations who have used these tips to their advantage.

3 tips on hiring staff in a hurry!

As an employer there may come a time when you are in need of hiring staff in a hurry! Whether it’s due to company growth, restructure or an unexpected resignation, it can be stressful and overwhelming.  Here are some handy tips from The Recruitment Alternative to assist you when hiring staff:

Get clear:

Getting clear on your business needs as well as what you are seeking in a new employee is key. Take some time to think about and answer the following questions:

  • What does the business truly need?
  • How does this position fit in to the smaller team and wider organisation?
  • How will this role support the business moving forward?
  • What are the key skills and experience required for the position?
  • What is our company culture and what type of person will fit into this culture?

Once you are clear and your needs are clearly defined, formalise this in writing via a detailed Position Description.

Get organised:

  • Have your calendar ready with days and times scheduled in for candidate interviews.
  • Know your recruitment process. How many interviews will prospective candidates have? Will they be required to do any additional testing? Plan ahead and ensure you have your interview questions and interview guides prepared. Having a clearly defined recruitment process will alleviate some pressure and you can also confidently communicate this to the candidates.
  • If you are interested in making an employment offer, don’t delay! In this candidate short market, candidates have no shortage of jobs to choose from and are quickly being snapped up!

Get assistance:

Whether you are short on time, it’s your first time recruiting or you just find the process overwhelming, seek support and assistance from and experienced Recruitment Agency like The Recruitment Alternative. We will take the stress away from you so that you can focus on business at hand.

At The Recruitment Alternative, we recruit across a wide range of industry sectors. Wherever you are in Australia or New Zealand, we have you covered. Our experienced consultants recruit for roles in the areas of Customer Service, Digital Marketing, I.T, Retail and much more. Call us on 1300 548 546 to find out how we can assist you with your recruitment needs!