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6 Ways To Recruit New Staff

January 30, 2013

recruitingThere seems to be a shortage of staff in salons these days. In this climate some salons have resorted to “guerilla tactics”, offering signing bonuses for staff to jump ship, high commission rates, payment of salaries under the table, and other incentives and enticements. Poaching staff however can create its own set of problems. With such questionable “loyalty”, the staff you steal will stay with your business only as long as you are meeting their demands or until a better offer comes along.


As your recruitment program is an ongoing process that requires constant effort, you want to make sure that you are using your time, energy and resources wisely. There are several things you can do to get the word out that you are looking to hire:

1. Interview anyone who comes knocking at your door (unsolicited requests).

2. Networking and staying connected (both within and outside the industry) is by far the best way to discover potential employees.

3. Devote a section of your business website for people to upload their resumes or complete an employment application.

4. Pay a finder’s fee to staff who bring in a new employee (paid only after the first 3 to 6 months of employment, or once the probationary period is over).

5. Use your Facebook fan page to let people know you’re hiring.

6. If your needs are urgent and you are forced to place an ad, KIJIJI and your local newspaper are usually the most effective avenues.

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