If you’re a full-time employee, you may have noticed an increase in the number of people filling out applications for jobs.
A new report from the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that hiring a new employee is actually more difficult than hiring a replacement for a previous employee, as the more people you have to hire, the more difficult it becomes.
While hiring a person from a different company is less stressful, it’s the number you have for a new hire that matters, according to the firm.
The number of applications you receive for each position you fill is not only your ability to fill the role, but the amount of time you spend in the role.
That means if you’re hiring for a year, you’re likely to have to spend more time and effort filling the position.
You’ll also have to be more thorough in choosing the right person to fill a job, which could have a big impact on your business.
Here are seven ways you can make hiring a fresh hire as easy as possible.
Don’t wait until a vacancy opens up before hiring a freelancer.
The company that hired you has the resources and time to hire a new person, so don’t wait for a vacancy before hiring.
The best time to start hiring new freelancers is when they have an opening, and if you’ve already had a successful hire, it will make sense to wait to make the hiring decision until they do.
If you can wait a few weeks to hire them, they might be willing to wait longer.
Pay close attention to your competitors.
The freelancer’s name should be on the application as soon as possible, so if they already have an online presence or have a profile on LinkedIn, that’s a good sign they’re ready to start the hiring process.
Be careful with the job description.
Companies that hire from freelancers often give too much credit to the person in the job posting, and it can be easy to confuse the person’s experience and skill set with yours.
While some people may have great skills and experience, the majority of freelancers may have zero experience in their field.
Be ready to pay them more.
If a company is offering a job that’s free or for a low hourly rate, you should be prepared to pay more for that job.
If it’s a company that has to pay you for the time you work, you might want to consider paying them a little more to keep you happy.
Make sure you get the best candidate.
The first step in hiring a freelance is to find a suitable candidate.
If the person is qualified, and you have experience and have a positive rapport with them, you’ll be a better match.
Pay attention to what they have to say.
As a freelancers’ job description says, they “must be able to quickly provide you with job-specific information about the role.”
If the job requires the type of work you do, it might not be appropriate for a freelances’ expertise, and they might need to bring in a different candidate for the role they’re applying for.
Make it a priority to hire the right people.
A job that you’re applying to will probably be one that you want to work for for a while, so it might be easier to hire someone who’s the right fit for the position, than someone who just shows up and starts making the job more difficult for you.
For more of this advice, read the full report from Pricewater House Coopers.