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Recruitment (hiring) is a core function of human resource management. Recruitment refers to the overall process of attracting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates for jobs (either permanent or temporary) within an organization. Recruitment can also refer to processes involved in choosing individuals for unpaid positions, such as voluntary roles or unpaid trainee roles. Managers, human resource generalists and recruitment specialists may be tasked with carrying out recruitment, but in some cases public-sector employment agencies, commercial recruitment agencies, or specialist search consultancies are used to undertake parts of the process. Internet-based technologies to support all aspects of recruitment have become widespread. In situations where multiple new jobs are created and recruited for the first time or vacancies are there or the nature of a job has substantially changed.

Before recruiting staff

To determine if you have gaps in your business and how staff can fill them, you will need to: look at your current business needs and look at your business goals so you know what level of staff support you will need think carefully about what sort of hours you will need them to work to meet your business needs 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 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: - Determine the employment type such as casual or full time. - Determine the correct rate of pay for your new employee. - Understand the employment conditions you will need to provide and make your business OHS ready. - Register for PAYG and set up your payroll tax processes. - Develop a staff manual tailored to your business so that the employee knows how the business is run and what is expected of them. - Determine the investment that is required to hire your new staff member, including wages and ensuring the workplace is ready.

The recruitment process

This is the actual recruitment process and will help you find a person that fits your business. Follow these simple steps: - Define your value proposition - what would employees get from working for you? - Develop your position description - including background about your business. - Identify your target audience - making sure you look in the right places will minimise your effort and ensure a better result. - Write your job advertisement and make sure you put it in the right places. For example, casual food and beverage jobs might suit having an ad placed on university online portal chat boards. - Create a selection process and conduct an interview.