If you’re a small business owner or manager, you’re likely well aware of both the difficulty and expense of recruiting, vetting, and hiring new employees. In fact, you may have even thought it would be easy. After all, platforms like LinkedIn, Indeed, CareerBuilder, and others were supposed to make finding and hiring the right candidate a piece of cake, right? Just look at a few resumes, pick the one that looks the most qualified, and you’re all set!
Unfortunately, the reality can be quite different. In an economic environment where the country is close to full employment, it has become more and more difficult to find the right talent, and when you do, that perfect candidate may likely end up costing you more than you were expecting. Besides the salary and benefits, you also have to deal with the costs of the recruitment effort itself, the many person-hours that go into reviewing dozens (or hundreds) of resumes, pre-screening phone calls, conducting interviews, handling any pre-employment testing, background checks, and even drug tests.