In the seventh instalment of Down to Business, we enter the world of recruiting with experts Ali Kimmorley and Sally Bartley from Peoplefusion.

To bring it all together, my key takeaways include:

  • At the end of the day, without the people, you don’t have a business. So, create and invest in a partnership with a recruiting company – recruiters can save you time as a busy business owner, their job is to bring top talent to you and in many cases that talent is not looking online or at job ads;
  • If you would like to make your recruitment process more authentic, don’t just make it around one interview. Really engage with them, allow them to conduct a site visit or even meet the team;
  • Having a plan before you recruit can help you get the best talent – little wins like supplying the LinkedIn profile of who they might be reporting into or having good quality job descriptions can help bring them to the “table”;
  • Get creative with what you as a business owner can offer – flexible working hours, learning and development etc.; and
  • Don’t forget to look after your existing people too – if you believe your people can go from good to great, sometimes that will be a better outcome than always thinking there is someone else out there in the market.
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