The weather still says “summer” in the Twin Cities, but the winter holidays are just around the corner – which means it’s time to start thinking about seasonal staffing. Whether you’ll need people before the end of 2016 or will postpone seasonal hiring until the new year (tax season, anyone?), here are the best ways to make seasonal hiring easier and more efficient.
Look backward to go forward.
Start by contacting your best seasonal workers from previous seasons to see if they are interested in returning this year. Ask if they can recommend anyone they know who would do a similarly outstanding job. Past staff will already know the ropes, and your star performers will be likely to know other people who can do equally well.
Don’t skimp on the hiring details.
A detailed job posting will help you draw in the best seasonal talent. Targeted interview questions will allow you to find the right candidates and compare candidates to one another, so you know you’re getting a seasonal team that will work well together. And a strong onboarding program will help your new seasonal staff get to work more efficiently, with fewer mistakes and a stronger sense of engagement.
Work with a recruiter.
Your staffing partner can help you find seasonal workers who are engaged and committed to seasonal work, so they’ll stay focused throughout the “rush.” In many cases, your staffing firm can also serve as the employer of record, helping you with training and taking care of the employment paperwork so that you can focus on bringing your temporary staff up to speed as quickly as possible.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Are you already working with your staffing firm, only to find the seasonal staff they send aren’t the right fit for the job? Don’t be afraid to speak up! The more your staffing partner knows about your needs, the easier it is for them to find the right people or to send you to a staffing firm that is uniquely equipped to help your specific business thrive.
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our experienced Minneapolis recruiters can help you find the best Twin Cities seasonal staff year-round. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Maple Grove and beyond!