Before you start hiring or holding a job fair in mid-February, it’s important to find out how many people you need in each department.
I like to meet with a lot of staff from last year. When they leave in November, or even earlier if they’re going back to school, it’s a good idea to let them know that you’d like to have them back if things don’t change in their lives.
However, things do change.
I’ve had great staff members for about four years and then, they’re out of university and they let you know that they’re not coming back because they’re taking the next steps in their chosen fields after graduating.
In that case, I always wish them the best, telling them that we’re happy for them and proud of them and letting them know that their work ethic will make them successes in whatever line of work they choose.
It’s bittersweet because they were such good employees, but you also want to see them do well.
You want to know exactly what you need before holding a job fair, which is why it’s a good idea to chat with people who have worked for you and shown an admirable work ethic in the past.
Going into a job fair, it mights seem like you need six in one department, four in another department and seven in that department. Yet, when reality strikes it may be 10, 10 and 10 in those departments.
Things can change quickly in the lives of young people who have worked at your operation before, so it’s a good idea to chat with them before starting the hiring process. Like anything else, preparation is important before going into a job fair.