As the temperature heats up, summer is just around the corner. Whether your company is hiring for seasonal positions or looking to backfill regular employees’ summer vacation plans, it’s time to start thinking about finding the right employees for the job. With surveys showing that many hiring managers are looking to add an average of 30 workers over the summer months, it’s important to get ahead of the game and secure the best talent. The recruiters at BOS Staffing have a few secrets for finding the best candidates during the seasonal rush.
Start your search now.
While many companies wait until the end of May to start posting their summer jobs, you can get ahead of the hiring competition by starting your employee search now. In fact, the smartest summer job seekers know how tough their competition for a job is and have started their job seeking early as well. The earlier you start reaching out to these qualified candidates, the more likely you are to hire them before someone else does.
Ask for employee referrals.
The great thing about superstar employees is they tend to surround themselves with friends who have the same work ethic and drive to be successful as they do. Ask your best regular employees if they know anyone who is looking for a job this summer. Employee referrals are often the gold standard when it comes to hiring. They aren’t going to suggest someone who they don’t think is a great fit for the job.
Look to campus recruiting.
It’s no secret that a younger demographic makes up most of the summer workforce. Teenagers and college students alike flood the job market looking for ways to earn experience and income while they’re out on break. Campus career centers and high school guidance counselors are a great place to find qualified employees. If you explain the positions you need to fill, they’ll recommend their top students.
Because so many candidates are looking for summer work, it’s not uncommon to get ambushed with hundreds of resumes for each position you post. This can be very overwhelming for any hiring manager. In order to cut down on time spent reading resumes, include filtering questions in your job postings that will help weed out unqualified candidates. Then, choose five or six candidates that made the cut and phone screen them prior to bringing them in for an interview.
Find candidates with long-term potential.
If you manage to hire the right talent for summer jobs, it can pay off even after the cooler temperatures start to roll in. Look for summer candidates that express interest in long-term job opportunities. When a full-time position becomes available these workers will already know how to do the job and will have proved their abilities. They’ll be able to easily transition into the full-time role with little extra training or onboarding. On the contrary, if you hire someone who’s just looking for a summer paycheck, they won’t be interested in sticking around in the fall.
Need an extra hand securing your summer staff?
Let the experienced team of recruiters at BOS Staffing help. For more than 35 years we have helped clients throughout Northeast Georgia complete work cost-effectively, hire smarter, and manage their workforces more efficiently. If you are looking for a better way to work, contact us today.