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Checklist: Recruitment process

Confidently employ staff for the first time.

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  • Identify staffing needs
  • Deal with compliance
  • Successfully recruit great staff
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Before recruiting staff

To determine if you have gaps in your business and how staff can fill them, you will need to:

  1. look at your current business needs and and look at your business goals so you know what level of staff support you will need
  2. think carefully about what sort of hours you will need them to work to meet your business needs
  3. list the tasks that you will need your new staff member to perform.  Be clear on what skills they will need and what competencies they should have
  4. outline the results that you want for your business from employing new staff.  Get help to achieve this with our workforce planning tools.

Deal with compliance

To make sure that you are legally compliant with your obligations as an employer you will need to:

  1. determine the employment type such as casual or full time
  2. determine the correct rate of pay for your new employee
  3. understand the employment conditions you will need to provide and make your business OHS ready
  4. register for PAYG and set up your payroll tax processes
  5. develop a staff manual tailored to your business so that the employee knows how the business is run and what is expected of them
  6. determine the investment that is required to hire your new staff member, including wages and ensuring the workplace is ready.

HR manual template (DOCX 234.96 KB)DOCX icon

Cashflow forecasting template (XLSX 78.26 KB)XLSX icon

The recruitment process

This is the actual recruitment process and will help you find a person that fits your business.  Follow these simple steps:

  1. define your value proposition - what would employees get from working for you?
  2. develop your position description - including background about your business
  3. identify your target audience - making sure you look in the right places will minimise your effort and ensure a better result
  4. write your job advertisement and make sure you put it in the right places e.g. casual food and beverage jobs might suit having an ad placed on university online portal chat boards
  5. create a selection process and conduct an interview.

Case Study: Preparing for staff recruitment 

'My business needed help. My biggest concern was whether I have enough work to justify staff.'

Ailsa Page, Marketing Works

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Ailsa Page from Marketing Works, studio head shot