Recruitment checklist for employers
Finding highly-skilled employees is not easy. Recruitment takes a lot of time, especially in industries suffering from labour shortages. However, employers have access to many free recruitment services, and there are several financial subsidies for employing applicants who are in a difficult position in the job market. If your business needs more employees, read these tips for recruitment from the City of Helsinki’s Business Liaison.
1. You are looking for a skill set, not a job title
Unemployed applicants are a very diverse group. There are people with a high level of education, people who have lots of work experience, young people at the start of their career and people who need a career change. Remember that and keep an open mind when looking for employees. An application does not always tell you everything about an applicant’s skills. Instead, an applicant might show their skills during an interview or a work try-out.
2. Write an attractive job offer
There are many factors that make a job attractive. They include things like the location of the workplace, the salary and the length of the employment relationship. These things should be clearly displayed in the job listing. Do not write a listing full of wishes. Do not include all your requirements in the listing. If recruitment is not progressing, reflect on the job and its requirements.
3. Remember apprenticeships
An apprenticeship can be a good way to recruit new employees or to train current personnel. Remember that you can train your personnel for more challenging tasks and give the less demanding tasks to your new employee.
4. Financial subsidies for employers
When hiring previously unemployed applicants, employers can apply for different subsidies. Once you find a suitable applicant, you usually want to start working with them right away, so remember to apply for a pay subsidy before employment starts. Helsinki and many other municipalities also offer municipal subsidies for salaries, orientation and equipment, for example.
The tips were written by Heidi Lihr who works as a Business Liaison for the City of Helsinki. Lihr aims to improve businesses’ chances to succeed, particularly in employment and in meeting businesses’ needs for competence.
The Strong Entrepreneurship project is funded by the European Social Fund. The goal of the project is to develop the economic and self-management skills and competencies of small business entrepreneurs to create better possibilties to subtainable business, growth and better wellbeign.