Assess your current staffing situation

Recruitment can be expensive and time-consuming. You should assess your current staffing situation before you begin recruiting, to ensure you find the right solution. This will give you a clear idea of what type of person you are looking for and what you hope to achieve with them.

Consider your requirements

Once you have decided to employ new staff, think about how long you will need them for and at what capacity. You might only need them for a short time to cover a busy period, or you might need them for a longer time, but only part-time or casually.

Plan ahead

Plan your staffing needs as far ahead as possible. Consider whether you want to employ someone immediately to help with a busy workload or train an existing employee to do a new role.

Revisit your business plan

Review your business plan and objectives when you are recruiting. Your business plan should include details on your staffing requirements, including the skills and knowledge you need to operate successfully. If you discover that you currently have gaps, assess how likely they are to impact on your business in the future and work out how you can address them.

Review your current staff

Review your current staff before you recruit new people. Existing staff may have the skills or knowledge you need, or may be able to acquire them with some additional training. Providing staff with training can sometimes be more efficient than recruiting new staff, and it can save you time and money. It can also help you to retain good staff.

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