Considering a new hire but worried about taking that first step? We outline some clear signs you’re ready for new team members and share how you can access the best graduate talent.
Hiring new talent can be a big commitment, especially for small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) who may not have as much time to invest in finding the right candidate. Despite this, adding quality talent to your team can massively uplift your business and with the help of Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM), finding skilled graduates to recruit is easier than ever. If you’re deliberating over a possible new hire, take a look at these five signs to see if you’re ready to take the leap.
- You can’t manage workload
Is your day to day workload getting in the way of higher-level management duties? If so, what is it that’s taking up all your time? Is it just the result of poor processes or is it because you don’t have enough employees to keep things moving without your input? If this is a recurring problem for you, it may be time to consider how a new team member could help lighten the load.
- You’re repeatedly looking to externals for help
Do you keep looking to agencies or freelancers to help you with tasks? These tasks may be things that your business currently lacks in terms of skills, such as marketing, multimedia or tech. If you find yourself regularly seeking external input for the similar jobs, hiring graduates instead comes with a number of advantages. As an in-house resource, communication is quicker than with external companies and the graduate can become more familiar with the company, embedding processes and providing training for other colleagues in the future
- You’re hitting road blocks when it comes to skills
The most exciting prospect of a new hire is the skills and expertise they bring with them. You might be lacking skills in web development, for instance, which is slowing your reaction to emerging trends online. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but by recruiting new graduates you could benefit from up-to-date expertise, informed by current research. So if you’re noticing new challenges piling up that are outside your team’s skill set, it might be the right time to hire.
- Your sector is advancing but you’re not
According to Professor Mark Gilman, Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City University, one of the worst things a business can do is get too busy to think about and invest in growth. If you notice other businesses in your sector innovating and responding to new developments, you may question why you can’t find the time to do the same. Hiring new talent could help increase your skill base so you can follow any new developments or lighten the workload so you can focus on the future of your business.
- Your business is growing
It can be easy to forget about growing with your business, but if you’re increasingly in the situation where your team is having to push themselves to keep up with the requirements of a growing customer base, it may be time to invest in your growth. For some businesses, having to turn down sales or services due to increased demand can be a rude awakening.
Want to access top-quality graduates to boost your business? Contact Higher Level Skills Match to find out more.