Finding the right employees is a difficult task regardless of the industry you’re in and it’s something that a CEO has to consider. When you’re recruiting for a remote position, you can’t use the same techniques you’d use for a regular office employee. Technological advances have enabled workers in many fields to compete for positions that aren’t necessarily dependent upon location. Many industries allow for people to complete daily tasks from any location with reliable WIFI. As a CEO, you have to think outside the box and, in a competitive hiring market, that’s exactly what you have to do. When you recruit for remote positions you can expand your search for qualified talent, plus, remote employees require less overhead. The trick is understanding that you have to adjust the recruitment techniques you’d normally use. You’re looking for someone with a slightly different skill set, even if the minimum qualifications are the same. Here are a few suggestions when recruiting for remote positions:
The first thing you need to do is figure out where to find your candidates. You can’t simply place a “now hiring” sign in the window. With the amount of employment and recruitment websites and apps, it can be difficult to decide which one(s) is best for you. It’s not a simple answer, you have to figure out which aligns closest to your industry or the job title you’re looking for. There are websites that are strictly for posting and hiring for remote positions and you could always start there. The drawback with that is those types of sites are more obscure and not frequented as much.
A great option is creating a blog post on your website about it. Your readers might be just what you’re looking for and you won’t have to pay to place the job ad. Plus, you’ll get candidates that are familiar with your business or product and are already interested in what you have to say. Posting to social media platforms is also another option for similar reasons.
Another trick to finding the best remote candidates is to clearly define what you’re looking for. You need to have a candidate that communicates effectively. It’s harder to keep someone accountable when they’re across the country so they have to be open to communication. They must also be self-disciplined for that very same reason. It’s not always easy to ask questions of your boss when you’re working remotely, so self-motivation is key.
You might also want to consider a video interview so you can get an idea of what communication with your new employee will be like. Use multiple interview methods to ensure you find the best communicator because, with remote positions, that’s really the key to success.
The right candidates are out there and because of the flexibility provided by remote positions, you’ll have no trouble finding the right one. Just keep in mind that the process is a little different and adjust your techniques accordingly. Opening your business up to remote hires is a smart move because you’ll find qualified candidates that might not be nearby. When you’re in a leadership role, a lot of the decision-making falls to you so you have to think of the big picture. Remote positions allow your company to grow without costing you for increased space.