When an employee leaves a company, the usual routine employers follow is to post the job description that has been put together for the position, and then sift through the responses. But this is not the best approach to filling a position, nor the best way to ensure that the new employee is successful in the job and stays with the company.

Looking at the Job Itself

Before posting the job description, you need to take a close look at the job itself, what it involves and what skills are needed. Odds are that over time, the duties and responsibilities of the position have changed as the company has grown and may be substantially different from what the existing job description contains.

For example, you need to look at how the company has changed and the department where the job is located has changed since you last hired someone for the position. You also need to look at other people in the department as well and the makeup and skills of the current team, which may also be different. Look at how the person who last held the job spent most of his or her time.

Ask yourself what skills the job now requires, skills that the former employee may not have had but are now needed. Look ahead and attempt to determine what duties and responsibilities will be required of this job with the changes expected in the coming year.

Another thing to consider is the necessity of the job itself. As the company has changed, is the position itself really needed, or can the tasks of the job be spread among other people in the department and the resources required for the position used in other places? Another question to consider, with the rise of the gig economy, is whether you can outsource the duties of the job to independent contractors.

These are all questions about the job itself that should be considered even before looking at specific people to fill the position.

Making a Better Fit

Once you have answered these questions, you will know with much greater precision the skills and experience that are needed. It will enable you to find someone who is a good fit for the actual job as it is now, greatly increasing the probability that the person will be successful in the position and will stay with the company longer.

If you are looking for employees who have the skills and experience you need, Winston Resources can help. We thoroughly evaluate all of our job candidates, so we can provide you with people who know the job and can do the job. Give us a call today. 

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