Having to recruit outside the area to find the right professionals for your job openings can be a challenge. It’s a lot harder – and more expensive – to bring someone from a different location into the mix vs. hiring a local.
What’s more is that even the seemingly ‘perfect’ candidate can leave after a short time because they’re feeling homesick. So hiring an employee who needs to relocate can certainly feel like a big risk.
The good news? As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, Adams & Garth knows there are steps to take ahead of time to ensure you hire right, even when you’re hiring from outside the area. Here’s a look:
Step 1. Be clear about the job.
Don’t fall into the trap of painting a rosier-than-what’s-reality picture for the potential hire. You owe it to them – and your company – to be clear about the job, and the potential obstacles and challenges that will come with it. Keep in mind, not only are you asking a candidate to change jobs, but uproot their entire life. So you have to be completely honest and direct.
Step 2. Get their spouse to buy-in.
Someone’s spouse is going to play a big part in the decision making process. So if you’ve got your eye on a particular candidate, it can certainly help to get their spouse to buy-in to your opportunity. How can you do that? Invite the candidate and his or her spouse into the company for a guided tour and lunch. Talk to them about the housing market, schools and the area’s culture. Getting a sense of whether a spouse is interested in the job and the area can also give you an indication of whether or not you could be wasting your time on a candidate.
Step 3. Offer relocation resources and support.
Changing jobs is a big deal no matter where you live. However, if someone has to actually move to a different location, it’s important to offer the resources and support that can help make the process a little easier. In fact, there are companies that specialize in getting re-located employees settled in their new locales. In the meantime, you should also introduce them to their new co-workers and set up socials and luncheons so they can get to know the team on a personal level
Step 4. Keep those communication lines open.
Always strive to communicate regularly with your new hire during the relocation process. Continue to do so in the first few days and weeks after the move, which are so vital to ensuring the employee gets engaged. Communicating with them openly and often can help nip potential issues in the bud before they become major issues.
Do you need help recruiting and hiring great employees for your team? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, we have the knowledge and expert team in place to help you find and hire top talent, the first time.