The clock is ticking and somehow we are nearing the end of 2018 (where has the time gone?!) - and the time for seasonal hiring begins! Employers on the hunt for seasonal hires are preparing for (what is for many of them) the peak season. It’s time to ramp up your seasonal hiring efforts now, since 94% of those roles are filled by the last week of November.
Don’t think you have the time or energy to find so many eligible candidates in so little time? Think again. By giving your employee referral program a boost (hey, guys, don’t forget we have this!), the nature of employee referrals will help you see a lot of activity without a lot of work on your part.
Ramp Up Referrals
Utilizing an employee referral program has many benefits, including a quicker time-to-hire rate than other hiring methods. Rely on the qualified year-round employees you already have in your organization to help recommend candidates for seasonal positions. Doing so keeps you from the time-consuming task of filtering through resumes, while also fostering a sense of comradery with your existing team, showing that you trust them. Your employees are bound to only refer people who they feel are qualified and can do the job well - because who wants to look bad at work for recommending someone who ends up being a disappointment? Offer some form of incentive for when an employee refers someone who gets hired, be it a gift card, monetary bonus, time off, etc. If you’re in a dire need for seasonal hires, consider giving special incentives, different from what you normally would reward during times when the need for hires is at its highest.
Automate and Go Social
Having an online presence is one of the fastest ways you can spread the word about job openings. Better yet, get your employee referral program online and automated. Make it easy for employees to find and share jobs with friends in their social networks. Having everything online makes for quick texting, emailing, and social sharing of job opportunities. Not only is it convenient (for both you and potential candidates), but having a presence on social media gives your organization a sense of credibility and is a great way to brand yourself. Paired with a healthy employee referral program, going social should help present you with a wave of candidates promptly. Shout out to technology!
Hold a Live Recruiting Event
What better way to get candidates in the door than to host an open house hiring event? You can even say there’s potential to have on-the-spot job offers, if that’s what your organization is ready to do. Try to promote your event with enough time to allow people to plan their schedules, and don’t miss this opportunity to really push the use of your employee referral program, asking employees to encourage people they know to attend.
Let’s be honest, this is the most magical time of the year. It’s also the busiest. While hiring a crew of seasonal employees is critical right now, it can also feel like the last thing you’re able to think about as you are wrapping up end-of-the-year projects, trying to schedule vacation days, and so forth. That’s why it is as important as ever to rely on your employee referral program, and let the power of connection do the bulk of the heavy-lifting this season.