To help you with this process, we’ve provided a sample template for building a candidate profile, which is available for download here. When filling it out, remember that you don’t need to know all the details. This is a tool to help clarify what you are looking for in a candidate and guide your search. Complete what you can, making things as accurate and realistic as possible.
You may not find someone who fits the profile perfectly, but if you end up with a few candidates who come close, then you’re in a good position.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that recruitment agencies are an option. They can help you with building a profile and other parts of the process, and give you a shortlist of candidates. But their fees are significant, especially for a small business, so you’ll have to weigh that against the potential benefits.
In any case, there is admin associated with recruitment that you can’t avoid. This includes managing responses and sorting out employment agreements. In the coming months, we’ll be providing further ideas, advice and tools on these and other important topics related to recruitment. Meanwhile, if you’re searching for a new employee, or are considering doing so, I hope this article and our tool are useful and wish you the best of luck.