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Find Staff for Your Craft Business

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 1 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Crafts Business Contract Recruitment

Whether you’re just starting out and want to recruit staff for your craft business, or have been trading for a while and have realised you need extra help, here are some tips on finding and recruiting staff for your business.

Taking on one or more employees is a big decision and not a move to make without careful thought and planning. Having extra help can make a big difference to the amount of work that gets done and help reduce the amount of stress you’re under, but it’s also important that the business is making enough money to make it cost-effective to employ someone to help. When you’re first starting out and haven’t made any money yet, you’ll only have your business forecasts to go by and the decision may seem like a bit of a leap of faith.

What Are You Looking For?

Before leaping in and advertising, or using the service of a recruitment agency, you need to work out exactly what you’re looking for. Some of the issues you need to be clear about include:
  • How many employees are you looking for?
  • What level of skill do they need to have?
  • Will they need to be fully trained already, or will you offer training?
  • What experience do they need?
  • How much responsibility do you plan to give them?
  • Is it a long-term or temporary job contract?
  • How many hours will they work? Part-time, full-time or occasional?

Once you’ve answered these questions and are clear in your own mind about what you’re looking for, you can draw up a more structured job description. Next it’s time to start looking for your ideal employee.

Advertising is one key method of finding an employee and you can start by using methods such as local papers, the Internet or through business organisations. If your craft business is already up and running, then you could stick an ad on the door, or on your website. Sometimes using specialist recruitment agencies works out well, as they do all the hard work of finding people and it’s just up to you to interview them.

Word-of-mouth, such as recommendations from family or friends, is also an option, although if you need people with certain skills or experiences, it may be better to advertise first and foremost. If there are colleges or universities in your area, and especially if they run courses focusing on crafts, they may also be a good source of staff.

Writing Your Ad

When it comes to writing your ad, getting it right is crucial. If it’s worded badly, or isn’t clear what’s involved, it may put people off and you won’t get the candidates you want. The elements that should go in a job ad for staff are:

  • Your company name – include a logo if you have one.
  • The job title or description – make sure it’s easy for someone to relate to.
  • Where the job is.
  • The work involved.
  • What your company does.
  • What type of person you’re looking for, including any essential skills and experience.
  • What the pay is.
  • How to apply.
  • A closing date for applications.

Make sure to double-check the ad and proofread it for any mistakes or errors. Ensure your contact information is correct too, so prospective employees can apply. Also, make sure the ad isn't discriminatory in any way, as this is against the law. Then it’s time to publish and distribute your ad and wait for any applications to roll in.

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