Tis the season to start your holiday hiring if you want your pick of the best talent. Truthfully, all of the big guys have already started (UPS, Walmart, etc.). In fact, according to the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the holiday hiring forecast for employees is excellent, with more jobs out there thanks to spending gains and an overall rise in employment.
Are you now worried you waited too long to hire holiday staff? Don’t fret. Here are five tips to make sure you hire right for the holiday rush:
- Check online hiring sites like Elance and Odesk. You might run across some workers with specific skill sets suited for your small business, especially if you have a specialty business like IT services or marketing.
- Promote your job openings on social media. Reach out to active fans because you never know when one of your followers may be looking for extra holiday hours (or know someone who is). Also, reach out to your network on LinkedIn for any hiring suggestions.
- Check out temporary staffing agencies. They can help by doing the hiring legwork for you, including vetting applicants and doing most of the paperwork. Agencies also handle paying temps and tax issues, so all you have to do is pay the agency.
- Go rogue and look for help in unexpected places. Reach out to seniors or stay-at-home parents who need extra cash for the holidays. Make the hours flexible to attract more candidates. Ask local PTAs if you can buy an ad in their school newsletter, and ask local senior centers if you can post a flyer.
- Consider the teen-dream workforce. Teens need money and are often out of school in time to help your business for the holidays. To get the most from teen workers, offer flexible job schedules and make sure you clearly set expectations.
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at [email protected], follow her on Google+ and Twitter.com/Rieva, and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva's free TrendCast reports.