Are you hiring? Here is something for you to consider. If you have ever been unemployed and looking for work, you will likely understand where I am coming from.
One of the hardest things to accept when you are unemployed and applying for jobs is the lack of communication from employers. You work hard on your resume and submit it but never know if they got it or not. You would like to set up an informational interview but are told they are not available. The words, ‘Only those who are short-listed will be notified’ are not welcoming to the unemployed. It is discouraging and demeaning.
Smart business owners ‘hire’ their employees prior to needing them. In other words they are aware of those who would be able to fill their expansion or replacement positions because they talk with them and keep in touch with them. When they do hire they keep in contact with the number two choice for future needs or if the first choice for some reason does not complete the probationary period.
I understand that business, especially small business, has limited time and this might seem like an extra burden but the benefits are many for doing it. The goodwill created by this openness will add to the reasons you will be considered an employer of choice in the community. It will also save you time in the long run because you have a better knowledge of the skills and resources in the community.
You will also have demonstrated encouragement to someone who may be your best future employee!
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