Fill Seasonal Jobs with the Right Employees
1. Start Early.
By now, you should have already started the search for your seasonal hires. In fact, some national chains start advertising for holiday temp jobs as early as the summertime.
Starting early means more time for your small business to figure out how to bring in temporary workers and more time for new hires to train. Your hiring plan should include an advertising strategy for your openings, along with any events you’ll participate in to help fill them.
2. Think Outside the Box for Your Small Business Benefits.
Larger companies may be paying a higher hourly wage, but small businesses can still get in the benefit game. Get creative with the types of perks you can offer your seasonal workers: employee discounts, time and a half for working on crucial days, bonuses for training newer employees, etc.
If there’s not much your small business can do financially, there are even other ways to bring in employees. As an example, one applicant may be a college student looking to fill up the holidays and get some extra cash. But if that college student is, say, a business major, you — as a small business owner — could give said student some mentorship and even training in a certain field.
3. Broaden Your Search.
This gets to the crucial question of how you’re going to find those extra hands. Sure, you can place advertisements in local publications or other shops, but there’s more that you can do.
For starters, try referrals. Perhaps even start an employee referral program, where employees get a reward for successful hires. You could also take part in job fairs or post on job boards. Note that college campuses — filled with potential employees — can organize job fairs and may send out job alerts to students by study program. And you can easily post your openings using your Kinetic Internet on sites like Monster.com, Indeed or even your local newspaper!