The Hourly Employee Recruitment Process
Hiring managers spend a lot of time on the recruitment process. From identifying the job needs to writing a role description, finding the right candidates, screening candidates, interviewing, offers and hiring paperwork, and the initial onboarding.
Job applicants find open positions by going online and going to a job board or a job search website and submitting their information, cover letter, and resume. The hiring manager reaches out within the next few days to schedule an interview.
How much does it cost to recruit an hourly employee?
Hiring a new employee is an expensive proposition. The Society for Human Resource Management estimates that it can cost $4,129 to hire a new employee.
How many hours does it take to recruit an employee?
A lot of time goes into recruiting candidates. GetHired estimates that anywhere from 35-45 hours are spent on recruiting a new employee.
3 Ways Texting Improves the Recruitment Process
Expands reach so that you get more applicants into your pipeline
Many hourly employers are hiring for specific locations, which makes it difficult if there isn’t a large population within those zip codes.
With text-to-apply, you can reach the hard-to-reach populations by advertising that you are hiring with a number to text to see your open roles.
Text-based recruiting makes it simple for applicants to apply on their own time and save the text to come back if no roles are a fit for their skills. You can easily reach potential applicants that are not actively looking for a new job but may be enticed by the opportunity.
Put your number to text where you know it will be seen by people who would fit what you are looking for, but who may not come across your job posting otherwise.
If you’re hiring truck or delivery drivers, post your number near gas stations, drive-thrus, or truck stops
If you’re hiring construction workers, try hardware stores or coffee shops
When recruiting for retail positions, post your ads near malls, plazas, or local restaurants where these applicants may frequent
Creates a better employee experience from their first interaction with the company
High turnover is common among hourly employees. So it’s important to start off on the right foot with your team.
Text-based recruiting allows you to get your applicants into the hiring process in a way that works for them.
Recruiting with technology that your workforce already uses -- their phones -- keeps these potential employees inside their comfort zone. Whereas going online and searching job boards for your post is not ideal for someone who doesn’t spend their days working on computers or in a digital space.
HR Executive echos this thought by noting the shift in HR to focus on the employee experience, or internal customer service, as they call it:
“The next HR transformation will focus on delivering the best experience imaginable, which starts with improving internal customer service...Think about the design of significant moments,” she says. “Research validates that most employees today go through a leave of absence, onboarding, promotion, job or location transfer, have paycheck issues or offboard. These are the moments to look at to deliver a great experience.”
Optimize your recruitment process around who your employees are and allow them to complete tasks in the way that works for them and provides them with a great experience along the way.