Find, recruit and retain great admin staff

Keeping the best people, once you find them, is easy if you do the right things right. Simply Mums discusses 5 top tips to help recruit great admin staff for business owners who have limited time and resources.

Are you finding you are working extra hours in the office to get through the never-ending to-do list?

If you feel tasks are not being dealt with and you’re losing track of what has been done and what still needs to be done, then it may be time to hire an Administrator or Admin Assistant.

Talented admin staff are increasingly in demand and with more and more small businesses offering remote job opportunities, it’s no surprise to see a steady increase in the number of requests for a skilled PA, Administrator or Office Manager to help take the pressure away from the many small business owners we speak to each day.

These job roles can have a positive impact on business growth and can cover a range of different business support functions such as:

  • Internal communications
  • Managing other administrative staff
  • Handling client enquires
  • Arranging and coordinating meetings and events

The role of an Administrator or Office Manager would tend to attract a well organised individual who is self-motivated and can communicate exceptionally well at different levels.

So this year, if you are thinking of reducing your administrative tasks, here are 5 top tips that will help you hire the best admin staff to take the pressure away from your small business.

5 tips to help you recruit great admin staff

Start now

You will need to move quickly if you want to attract the best candidates.  Know the trends, know key terminology to write an attractive job description that will encourage the right candidates to ultimately apply for the job.

Think outside the box 

You may opt for traditional job boards or advertising space to attract talent, however cast your net wide by trying alternative routes to attract skilled candidates.  Some specialist agencies have a wider pool of candidates than others and have a better insight into market trends and salary.

Look out for that extra special individual

A candidate that has recently completed a relevant training course or someone who is part of a membership organisation could be added value to your business in the long run.

Honesty is the best policy

Be as honest as possible about the job role, the company culture, the hours and what is expected of the successful applicant to avoid any nasty disputes or worse a premature resignation.

Check and check again

Use a check list for hiring your next employee. Whether it’s your first employee or one of many employees you are hiring, a good solid checklist for hiring an employee helps you keep track of your recruiting efforts. These top mistakes can be costly when hiring staff for your small business.


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