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Hiring in a Tight Market. Move from Desperate to Desirable!

by | Jun 15, 2022

Hiring in a Tight Market

Finding people to hire right now is a tight competition.

Finding service workers, customer service staff for retail, hospitality, small business is cut throat to put it mildly!

Small business owners, even larger industry, are feeling the worker shortage pains. Business owners are desperate.

But that’s not where you want to be.  You don’t want to be desperate. We want to be desirable. I’m here to tell you, you’re not desperate, you’re DESIRABLE!

Ok, reality check. Maybe you are a bit desperate right now. The market is tight!! However, if you ARE in the desperate mode it’s time to move out of it. That is good for NO ONE’S stress level.

How do we move from desperate to desirable when we’re really needing to attract excellent front line customer service staff?

Imagine having a wait list of qualified people who want to work with you. Imagine having new hires that are up and running, confident and competent with service, in record time. It can be done!

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Making Time Your Ally When Hiring

Give yourself more time, more of an on-ramp, more runway. There’s not much worse a feeling than two weeks before a big event you receive, out of the blue, a surprise notice that your employee is moving on. Murphy’s Law seems to dictate that people get sick or give notice at the most inopportune times, especially in those front-line hospitality positions. F-ing Murphy.

Murphy doesn’t have to rule the roost and cause so much stress. A mindset shift, along with some interesting numbers, helped me to have a much better relationship with Murphy!

“. . . the time for new hires to achieve full productivity ranges from 8 WEEKS for clerical jobs to 20 WEEKS for professionals . . .”

If we take the minimum of 8 weeks and want to have staff ready to rock-and-roll for Memorial Day, May 30th, we need to back up into the snow drifts of late winter!

8 weeks to be fully operational, 2 weeks (at least) for them to give notice to their prior job, 4 weeks to post, get the word out, and interview. These are minimum numbers. That puts us in February.

When I shifted my mindset to looking this far in advance it significantly both my stress AND my results.

It greatly helps the move from desperate to desirable!

If we take the minimum of 8 weeks and want to have staff ready to rock-and-roll for Memorial Day, May 30th, we need to back up into the snow drifts of late winter!

8 weeks to be fully operational, 2 weeks (at least) for them to give notice to their prior job, 4 weeks to post, get the word out, and interview. These are minimum numbers. That puts us in February.

When I shifted my mindset to looking this far in advance it significantly both my stress AND my results.

It greatly helps the move from desperate to desirable!

Photo: debby hudson – unsplash

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Potential Employees to Do a Thing or Two

If you’ve a desirable place to work that can be communicated LONG before the interview. When I was in the desperate camp, I would interview anyone and everyone. When I started this mindset shift and gave myself much more time to find and attract the RIGHT fit staff, I also added steps to let potential employees figure out, on their own, whether or not we might be a good fit.

Setting up so that potential employees can ‘self-filter’ saves an incredible amount of time, stress, and money. By the time a person sat in front of me (was granted an interview), they were highly motivated, knowing the expectations of the job and understanding both my team and business values.

What might this look like?

For me, one of my core values was continuing education both on and off the job, individually and as a team.

In my job description I communicated this, noting they’d need their OLCC servers permit, food handlers license, and complete 3-hour on-line hospitality course.

Was it amazing to have a person come in for their FIRST interview with all of these requirements completed and in hand?

Well, yes it was! I felt like I had arrived, kicking Murphy out the back door.

It greatly helps the move from desperate to desirable!

 

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