The use of contractors instead of full time employees is an employment option that is growing in popularity.
More and more, a significant percentage of the ‘work’ that gets done in organisations has a short-term or ‘project’ focus to it.
A growing number of job seekers are happy to commence employment on a fixed term basis (contract), and then if both sides are mutually happy, move to full-time employment status.
If you’re an employer that hasn’t explored this option before, here are just some of the potential benefits:
In our never ending attempts to really know our preferred candidates, the role of reference checking remains as crucial as ever.
Done correctly (that means obtaining the right information) it ranks alongside psychometric testing and interviewing as one of the most reliable predictors of on-the-job performance.
However there’s one small point that occasionally trips up employers – and even some experienced recruiters. It’s the subject of “checking the referees”.
Here’s an instance where doing something small can go a long way to securing the right candidate.
Consider for a moment how you go about recruiting. How well structured is your process? Even if you’ve still got some way to go in creating a repeatable and effective recruitment process, the following is a simple idea that’s well worth implementing.
Some employers I’ve dealt with insist on only hiring people with direct experience in their industry. Their reasoning is usually that they can “hit the ground running”. In other words, they want and expect them to become productive in the shortest period of time. This will reduce the time and cost that would otherwise have to go into training.
When you’ve run that job advert and the resume’s start flowing in, it won’t be long before its time to pick up the phone and start contacting the better applicants.
Obviously, your main line of questioning is about determining if their skills, qualifications and work experience are a good fit to your vacancy. On top of that, here’s a few of my tips from having conducted probably 2,000 – 3,000 phone screenings.
1. It’s all about speed.
I’m often asked – what’s the most important thing about writing an effective job advert?
One of the sad but undeniable truths about effective job adverts is that a competitive salary package will have to be announced in some way. You possibly don’t need to spell out the dollar amount but at the very least your advert will have to cover the subject.
Google this subject and you will soon find yourself mired down in what is possibly one of the internet’s largest subjects. Just try entering “salesperson” into Google and see what happens. I’ve already done it for you – 24 million entries is the result.
So, back to our heading – are they born or made?
We all keep hearing about the power of advertising via social media but is it really effective? We’re not yet convinced, at least when it comes to the SME sector and other private ventures – ie: the non corporate sector.
Why? – Because first and foremost, there’s a notable lack of data available from the providers themselves and also from independent sources (regarding its effectiveness).
Social media sites such as LinkedIn are coming under scrutiny from advertisers because it transpires that visitors spend the least amount of time on LinkedIn. Turns out that member’s mostly just update their resumes’ and then log off – not much looking around happens so adverts don’t get noticed.
Of course active job seekers will search those adverts but it seems that the greatest beneficiaries are corporations who can dedicate time to networking with the view to identifying good talent.
So if you’re a non corporate entity we suggest continuing to advertise on seek, mycareer and careerone in Australia. At least until there’s some solid evidence that social media advertising is money well spent.
The latest jobs report for the first quarter of 2012 is in from MyCareer.
If there was any uncertainty over what is meant by Australia having a two-speed economy, the data tells us that the mining sector is actually in overdrive, while the remainder of the economy is parked in the emergency lane.