Coming to the realization that it’s time for you to hire outside help may feel scary. You are feeling overwhelmed and needing support with your business, but finding someone you trust and get along with seems to be more trouble than it’s worth.
Plus, how do you even start looking for help? No one ever taught you how to look over CVs or resumes (here is a great blog from ZipRecuiter, a well known hiring site, on what to look for), so how are you going to find the person with the right skills and experience. Then, once you have a team, how do you know that you won’t waste time or money; training, overseeing, mentoring, and all the things that come with hiring someone can be stressful.
These are all valid concerns and ones that everyone has had when thinking about growing their business. Building a team takes time, but once you have it in place- strengths and weaknesses will be complimented, and everyone will feel part of the bigger picture, which is growing your business.
In this blog, I am going to share with you three ways that you can grow your team with confidence. No more feeling like you have to do it all, it’s time to let go and grow.
1) Offer an Internship
Internships are a great way to get a better feel of a person before hiring them on full time. In many industries, internships are great ways to train and prepare team members before giving them an offer to officially join the company. In worst case scenarios, internships will give you the opportunity to end a relationship with someone by simply not offering them a position.
By having an intern, you can ease your mind knowing that you have help and you are able to further assess their abilities. This will help you confidently know that you are on the right track. Remember, depending on your needs, internships can last anywhere from one week to three, six, and even 12 months. Figure out where you could best use help and then move forward by finding your ideal applicant. But where do you find them?
2) Advertise the Opening
In this section I am going to give you two options. The first will be for those with a small budget who might not yet have the means to spend on hiring advertisements, and the other is for those with some wiggle room.
Free advertisement will undoubtedly take more time for you to find the right applicant, unless you already have a large audience. By posting on your already established social media pages you will start to spread the word. Ask your followers to share the information with people they may know that fit the job description. You can also share it in Facebook Groups, which are great because they are highly targeted! This means that in one group, you could reach hundreds of your ideal applicants…. And clients too.
If you have the ability to put some money into your hiring ads, Facebook does have a job section. It is easy to use and track applicants, but it might not turn out results you want if you applicants aren’t on Facebook. LinkedIn is also a great place for jobs since it is known as the networking social media platform. Don’t forget about other hiring only websites like reed.co.uk, indeed.com, monster.com, government websites, and also hiring fairs/events when we are safely able to do those again.
3- Trust Your Gut!
Make sure you are listening to your gut. Some people might not have all the skills you are looking for, but if you are able, training them is always an option. Or, they could just give you a bad vibe the moment you start the interview. There have been many times when I have interviewed people in the past where I would think, “Yes! I am going to hire this person. They are a great fit for the team and would get along with them, and they have a great foundation of skills that I can help them build upon.” and now, those people are managers, leaders, and going out and changing their communities.
I have also been in ones where I knew the person wasn’t a good fit immediately, and that is okay. Just keep looking and keep your head up. The right person will come around, it just might take some patience.
Growing your team can seem like a scary challenge. It may even crush your confidence at times because you are thinking, “Am I doing the right thing?” “Do I trust this person with access to my SOCIAL MEDIA accounts!?” “What if they make a mistake?” “How do I know they have my best interests at heart?”
Instead of the what ifs, imagine all of the possibilities. You will have more time to do what you want. You won’t have to worry about your social media once they are fully trained. You can rest easy knowing that this person cares about your business’s success. Finding this balance and peace will only make you and your business stronger.