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Five tips for cost-effective recruiting

By CCIWA Editor

Recruiting employees is an essential part of running a business. Here’s some tips to save you money in the long run.

1. Get your processes in place 

Have your processes for hiring, termination, trial periods, induction and training all in order before you recruit.

CCIWA’s Workplace Relations team and Employee Relations Advice Centre can help with what processes are required. 

2. Hire for attitude over skill 

You can improve someone’s skill level but you can’t improve their attitude.

If you have hired someone who is intelligent and has a good attitude, they will learn fast and enjoy picking up new skills.  

Research indicates the personality trait of ‘conscientiousness’ correlates strongly with high job performance. 

3. Complement rather than duplicate skills/attributes 

Your time is best spent working to your strengths and hiring others to do the things you either don’t enjoy, or simply aren’t any good at.  

In this regard, small businesses can take their cues from the lean start-up industry that works on the mantra “never have two of anyone”. 

4. Use social media networks 

Utlilising social media channels is a cost-effective way to get your job ad to the right people.  

Along with LinkedIn, these networks should connect people interested in your business and your industry. 

 5. Know your rights 

Before you even think about advertising, you need to know what your rights are should you discover you’ve hired the wrong person.  

Be sure to build in an adequate trial period. CCIWA’s Employee Relations Advice Centre can help with recruiting.   

Recruiting employees is an essential part of running a business. Here’s some tips to save you money in the long run.

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