Finding skilled labor for your business isn’t as easy as it sounds.
With the demand of home improvement work on the rise, it becomes harder and harder for remodelers and interior designers to find talented employees they can trust.
Whether you’re looking for installers, construction workers, salespeople, or designers, you need experienced employees who will be able to get the job done right and who will stay loyal to your company. The shortage of skilled labor might push you to hire unqualified workers, but that will most likely hurt your bottom line in the end.
Here’s how to find skilled labor for your remodeling and interior design business who will help your company grow and succeed within the industry.
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Hire skilled labor before peak season
If you want to stay ahead of the game, you need to start looking for skilled labor before the remodeling and interior design peak season.
If you wait until you’ve already got more work than you can handle, chances are you will rush the hiring process and employ someone who isn’t right for the job. Doing so will cause you more trouble in the long run, forcing you to double-check their work and rectify their mistakes.
Looking for skilled labor in the low season when you have more time and flexibility will allow you to be more selective with your candidates. You might have to offer a premium salary for skilled workers, but it will be worth the cost when you don’t have to waste time worrying about their performance and the quality of their work.
Write detailed job descriptions
One of the easiest ways to avoid having to go through hundreds of unqualified resumes is by posting a detailed and accurate job description.
Make sure it’s clear, to the point, and includes all the job requirements and expectations. The more accurate your job description is, the more qualified applicants will be.
Remember, the hiring process is a two-way street: both the candidate and the employer (you) should fully understand what the job entails in order to come to a mutual understanding and agreement. You do not want to set up interviews only to find out many of your candidates do not have the skills required to get the job done.
Conduct proper interviews
Possessing interview skills does not simply apply to candidates.
If the interviewer isn’t asking the right questions and doesn’t know how to conduct a proper interview, they’ll probably end up hiring the wrong person for the job. That’s why refining your interview skills is crucial before you meet with your candidates.
You need to learn how to ask the right questions. You need to make sure you don’t influence you’re the interviewee and steer them toward a certain direction; you want their answers to be as honest and as candid as possible. Only then will you be able to judge whether or not they are a right fit.
Invest in job training
Simply hiring skilled labor and hoping for the best isn’t enough.
Without fostering their career growth and investing in training, your newly hired employee will most likely not excel. You need to train your employees so they can reach their full potential and help you grow your company.
If you’ve hired a designer to help design kitchens and bathrooms, you should offer her/him the proper training on the kitchen and bathroom software your company uses. If you’ve hired a new construction worker, you should train them on the specialized equipment you use as well as the company’s safety guidelines. And so on and so forth.
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