“An article on the benefits of recruiting seasonal employees? In mid-August?” You could be forgiven for thinking the timing is a little odd in the middle of the holiday season. But, of course, in the world of accountancy, August isn’t the only time of year when your Practice might find itself under-staffed.
You can’t always predict when you might need extra help. But if your Practice is like most, there will always be times when you can expect higher than usual workloads and seasonal staff might well relieve the discomfort and stress.
Tax season or regulatory changes
You might find that your Practice is buried in piles of paperwork and looming deadlines. You could be in the midst of tax season, with voluminous workloads and unsociable long hours.
It’s not unusual for Practices to find themselves short-handed over the summer months. Hiring seasonal employees for cover when regular employees take annual leave can help keep projects on track or get them finished.
November and December can be incredibly busy for many Practices. With end-of-year responsibilities looming, workplace stress levels can swell immediately before and after the Christmas and New year holidays. Clients who are retailers, delivery and logistics companies, often need significant extra help at this time.
Many small Practices don’t have the luxury of growing at a consistent rate. You might need to bring in seasonal employees to support regular employees who are scoping out new client opportunities.
Ideally, you need an effective strategy in place before you find yourself in situations such as these. You need to be able to quickly find, and onboard highly-skilled seasonal employees.
Steps you can take –
1. Engage with us – we know what works
A good relationship with a first-rate accountancy recruiter is vital to successful seasonal hiring. At Pubic Practice Recruitment, we know the candidate marketplace in accountancy. We have an extensive database of job seekers, including many that you and other companies wouldn’t have access to on your own.
It’s never easy to evaluate and hire large numbers of candidates when you’re short of time – especially if your people are already stretched to the limit. We’ll make the whole process easier. We’ll help you to identify and evaluate the right candidates with the right skills and experience.
2. Be ready to make an offer
Prepare in advance by thinking about the pay scale you’re prepared to offer. These days the market is competitive – even for temporary professionals. We’ll work with you to ensure you offer a remuneration level that’s competitive without being excessive.
3. Set clear expectations
Even with a seasonal employee, you need to have a strong sense of the specific duties and responsibilities of the job you’re hiring for. Be prepared and clear with your job description and make sure you communicate this to us and to the candidate during the interview.
4. Don’t overlook the potential for seasonal employees to become permanent employees
Keep a close eye on the performance of your seasonal employees. Not for any potentially negative reason but so that you can effectively evaluate their skills and temperament. You never know – they might be a perfect fit for a future permanent role. This could save you both time and money.
Of course, they’ll be already fully ‘onboarded’. You’ll have accurately assessed their cultural fit and have all their systems set-up. Other than changing their employment status, the experience can be seamless.
Whether you’re impacted by periods of heavy workloads or seasonal work, a little preparation can go a long way. Apply this hiring strategy and take the load off you and the rest of your staff.
As specialist recruiters for the world of accountancy, we’re perfectly placed support your Practice with a structured and detailed recruitment strategy – for permanent and temporary staff alike.
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