This blog offers valuable insights on best navigating the process of hiring seasonal workers.

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For many businesses, seasonal employees play a crucial role in filling staffing needs year-on-year. During peak times or busy periods across the calendar, turning to seasonal employees can provide an effective hiring method to easily scale staff up and down as needed without needing to commit to permanent staff long-term.

However, the process of hiring a large number of seasonal employees all at the same time can be quite a daunting task for many businesses. If you are looking to bring on seasonal employees, it is important that you are clear in your hiring processes and have the necessary frameworks in place to do so effectively and easily.

Read on below as we take you through a few tips to help make the seasonal hiring process a little smoother for your business.

  • Include a clear job description

When putting together the job description for a seasonal role, make sure to be ultra transparent about the temporary nature of the role and include the start and end dates clearly. As in hiring for other role types, include a detailed overview of the position you are looking to fill and the required skills and experience so that seasonal workers can understand exactly what the job entails when they go to apply.

  • Get in front of the hiring rush

Given that many businesses experience busy periods in similar times of the year (eg. Summer months), there is often a strong level of competition to attract the best seasonal workers. Particularly as many seasonal workers may be coming from elsewhere and looking to lock in their travel plans well ahead of time, it’s important to have your job ads up well in advance and complete your hiring ahead of time to avoid trying to fill your needs at the last minute when the staffing pool is much smaller.

  • Make the most of local recruitment agencies!

One of the main challenges of hiring seasonal employees can be knowing where to look to source workers for your needs. In most cases, using well-known job search engines to advertise your role is a good starting point, as well as following up with former staff in your database. However, turning to a local recruitment agency such as Workforce Extensions can be highly-effective way to find the right seasonal staff by taking advantage of our extensive database and expertise in filling employment needs across a range of industries.

  • Keep next year in mind

As your busy period comes towards an end and your seasonal employees prepare to move on when their contract finishes, it is a great opportunity to check in with workers who you would be happy to hire again to see if they would be interested in returning for the following year. If the experience has been positive for both yourself and the employee, there’s a good chance they might be keen to work with you again when next needed – saving you time and effort otherwise spent in advertising and screening candidates for the role next time!

Is your business looking to hire seasonal employees?

Our expect Workforce Extensions recruitment teams are experienced in filling all kinds of staffing needs across a range of industries, and are always on hand to assist with finding you the ideal workers for your requirements. Click here to get in touch with your local office and start the conversation today.

 

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