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What To Consider Before You Post An Advert For A New Position

The business landscape may have been incredibly chaotic over the past twelve months, but some things never change, and at some point, you are always going to have to deal with the challenge of bringing on a new member of staff to join your team. For bigger companies, this is not something that should cause any major issues, but for smaller businesses who are looking to expand, it can be a little daunting.

It can be particularly challenging right now when the job market is in such a difficult state.
There will be a huge number of people applying for any one job listing as a result of the various difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and you may find yourself a little overwhelmed. Here are a few steps you should take before you post that job advert.

Be As Clear As You Can In Your Advert

If you want to make sure that you’re going to be attracting the right potential employees, you really need to make sure that you have all the details nailed down in the copy you send to job sites. As we mentioned, with the job market the way it is, the chances are that you will be getting a flood of applications that don’t quite fit the bill, but it’s so important that you take the time to think about exactly what this job will entail, and what skills and person you’re looking for.

Will you be looking for them to grow into a different role? Can you offer flexible working hours for people with family commitments? If you think beyond the immediate needs of the position you need to fill, you may end up with a candidate that surprises you in the best possible way.

Have You Considered Offering An Apprenticeship?

First of all, if you feel like your business isn’t the kind that would typically offer an apprenticeship, you should know that these roles are offered across a huge range of sectors.
Secondly, there are many benefits to offering an apprenticeship, which range from financial to boosting your team’s morale.

There are so many young people looking for that first step on the career ladder right now, and statistics show that 91% of apprentices will stay on after they’ve completed their scheme. With regards to budget, the UK government has a range of schemes available including grants and covering the cost of training. If you want more information on government funding for apprenticeships, check out this article.

Don’t Overthink It

It can be tempting to go overboard when you’re writing a job description and person specification. After all, you are looking for that perfect addition to the team and you want to make sure you get the right one, after all. However, you don’t want to flood the post with so much information that you end up putting people off.

From graduates to people looking for a career change, there are so many potential applicants out there and you don’t want to rule anyone out because you’ve filled the post with too many “Would be beneficial to have” notes. Make sure that you have the key information, including location, hours and necessary skills, and the right people will come.


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