(April 22, 2021– Tampa, FL)– Due to a growing number of vaccinations and federal aid, the job market is warming up. As many begin to re-enter the workforce, several small business owners are preparing to expand their teams to meet the inevitable demand of bustling summer activity.
“People are getting vaccinated and are ready to get back out there,” says Jamie Van Cuyk, hiring strategist and founder of Growing Your Team. “We’re seeing clients come to us in a panic, knowing they’re going to have to rebuild teams to help them manage the increase in business that they anticipate in the coming months.”
Since March, 500,000 women have re-entered the job force as childcare centers begin to reopen their doors. Van Cuyk offers three tips for business owners as they expand their teams to meet the demands of a post-pandemic surge.
1. Be realistic about what you need. Just because there is a surge of quality candidates on the market doesn’t mean you should rush to fill more than one position at a time. Each new hire requires your time and attention for onboarding and training. Hire for what you need now and fill other positions later.
2. Identify the right candidates. Your team needs more than bodies to fill vacancies. Determine your non-negotiable skills prior to beginning your search, so you can find someone who is capable and qualified to meet your expectations.
3. Leave your emotions at the door. It’s likely that every candidate you meet has a story about how they’ve been impacted by the pandemic, and while you should certainly consider these hardships, they shouldn’t be the driving force behind your decision. Try to focus instead on their qualifications and experience.
As US job openings jump to a two-year high, business owners will find themselves with several options to fill their vacancies. The key, Van Cuyk says, is to choose wisely.
Jamie Van Cuyk is a hiring strategist who helps high-performing small business owners learn how to grow and lead their teams. Today, drawing from her over ten years of leadership experience, Jamie teaches her clients how to hire and manage loyal and reliable contractors and employees. By learning the dynamics of each company and their needs, she helps each client create, understand, and execute the right hiring and leadership strategies. Learn more at Growingyourteam.com